Population 377

Australia's first golf course was created in Bothwell in 1837, making golf a point of pride. There are many craft shops and art galleries in town, as well as over 50 National Trust–classified buildings.

Visitor Information

Australasian Golf Museum, Market Pl; (03) 6259 4033

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Field National Park

    Mount Field is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania and also one of the most diverse. In its lowland rainforests there are glades of...more

  • Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

    Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is at the heart of Tasmania’s 1.38-million-hectare Wilderness World Heritage area, and...more

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

Nearby towns

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton, an unspoilt National Trust–classified town, has avoided the commercialisation found in some parts of the state. Its buildings and...more

  • Oatlands

    Approaching Oatlands from the north, look out for the topiary and striking metal sculptures by the roadside. The topiaries are a local...more

  • Pontville

    The area around Pontville (declared a town in 1830) was first explored by Europeans when Hobart experienced severe food shortages in the...more

In Town

Heritage walk Bothwell has 53 colonial cottages, churches, houses and official buildings around Queens Park. Notable are the Georgian brick Slate Cottage and St Luke's Church. The best way to appreciate the historic buildings is by a self-guided walking tour; pamphlet from visitor centre.

Australasian Golf Museum: displays of golfing memorabilia and history. The museum also sells award-winning Tasmanian Highland Cheese and local tartan; Market Pl.

Bothwell Grange: guesthouse with tearooms and art gallery; Alexander St.


Ratho Home to the first game of golf in Australia, Ratho was the elegant 'gentleman's residence' of Alexander Reid in the early 1800s. It is a stone house with wooden Ionic columns. The famous golf course is still intact and in use. Lake Hwy; 3 km W.

Trout fishing: some of Australia’s best freshwater fishing in the region. A favourite among trout anglers is the Ouse River, which joins the Derwent north of Hamilton. Other spots include the Clyde, Jordan and Coal rivers east of the Derwent, and the Tyenna, Styx and Plenty rivers west of the Derwent; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Salmon Ponds 41 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more

Arthurs Lake 45 km

Tasmanians claim that ‘even novices can catch trout in Arthurs Lake’. This probably explains why this waterway is Tasmania’s most popular trout fishery, hosting more anglers than any other water... Find out more

Bronte System 48 km

Trout anglers probably already know that Tasmania’s Central Highland lakes are among the best in the world. Many offer fly- fishers an opportunity to sight-fish for tailing trout around the lake margins.... Find out more

Great Lake 52 km

A year-round trout fishery, Great Lake is one of Tasmania’s best known waters and a thriving centre for holiday homes. Brown trout were first released here in 1870 and they still dominate the fishery with an... Find out more

Little Pine Lagoon 54 km

Little Pine Lagoon is not much to look at, but is highly regarded by fly-fishers for its springtime tailing trout and summer dun hatches. Some anglers rate it Tasmania’s premier fly-fishing water. This small water... Find out more

Lake River 56 km

‘Tasmania is in drought, we simply don’t have enough water,’ said my guide Roger Butler as we departed Hobart for Lake River, which joins the Macquarie River south of Launceston. We reached our... Find out more

The Springs 61 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Wellington Walks 60 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 61 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Salamanca Market 62 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Tasmania Golf Club 63 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Castle Hotel

Being Australia’s second oldest continually licensed hotel, this place has a long tradition to uphold, which it does with warm hospitality and great counter meals in its dining room on Friday and Saturday nights.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Two Metre Tall Company 39 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more

Moo Brew 52 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more

Cascade Brewery 61 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bothwell Camping Ground

Right in the centre of town, this unshaded gravel park in Market Pl is set up mainly for vans rather than tents. Bothwell is off the beaten track but well worth a visit for its history and craft, not forgetting it is... Find out more

Kempton Overnight Bay camping area 23 km

This sizeable layover is ideal for travellers looking for a quiet overnight stop between Hobart and Launceston. Tiny Kempton has an old-world village atmosphere with galleries, cafes, churches and heritage houses to... Find out more

Bethune Park camping area 29 km

Beside Meadowbank Lake, this grassy camping and picnic area has sites that can accommodate big rigs. Perfect for waterskiers and anglers, there’s a launching ramp close by on the eastern side of Dunrobin Bridge.... Find out more

Dago Point camping area 31 km

Among tall trees along the Lake Sorell foreshore are about 100 gloriously secluded camping spots. It is more than likely you’ll be the only one here. There is plenty of firewood, an old water tank (boil or treat... Find out more

Lake Dulverton Roadside Stopover camping area 32 km

A stopover here is worthwhile to check out the historic town of Oatlands. Visit the restored working Callington Mill, or take a walking tour around the town, nature walk around the lake or drive around the district on... Find out more

Woods Lake camping area (bush camping) 34 km

There are bush-camping sites between the boat ramp and the dam wall, as well as around the north-eastern edge of the lake. No facilities are provided, so you need to bring firewood and water. Because this is a popular... Find out more

Mount Field Campground 41 km

This pretty caravan park and campground next to the Tyenna River has sites suitable for every camper, from big rigs to 2-person tents. Set up on the neat lawns underneath giant swamp gums and, as evening draws in, watch... Find out more

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park 41 km

Wayatinah started life as a workers’ village but these days it is a popular holiday spot with anglers because the nearby lagoon offers excellent trout fishing. Turn off the Lyell Hwy at the Wayatinah sign, 23 km... Find out more

Bradys Lake camping area (bush camping) 46 km

The camping sites at Bradys are at the northern end of the lake from Whitewater Point (near the boat ramp), around Claypit and Kangaroo bays to the Dee Tunnel inlet. All are undeveloped bush-camping sites, but suitable... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park 41 km

This is a neat lakeside park with basic facilities at a budget price and suitable for a night or two. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

New Norfolk Caravan Park 44 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 51 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

Ross Caravan Park 56 km

Close to the centre of town, on the banks of the Macquarie River and adjoining historic buildings, this small, appealing park is one of the better parks in the midlands. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 61 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Priory Country Lodge

Combining two of Tasmania’s most popular attractions – history and angling – the Priory is a recent addition to the state’s luxury accommodation choices. The high-gabled 1848 sandstone house has... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Curringa Farm 26 km

Near Hamilton, about an hour’s drive west of Hobart, this eco-accredited 300-hectare property gives visitors a taste of sustainable farming practices.Give a couple of day’s notice and you can tour the farm,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pub With No Beer rest area 3 km

3km SE of Bothwell (R) or 18km NW of Midland Hwy (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Kempton camping area 23 km

At Kempton

Just off the highway. At the south end of town.

Hamilton camping area 24 km

At Hamilton

Basic caravan-park facilities among a few trees on the banks of the Clyde River. In the middle of town.

Blackburn Creek rest area 25 km

29km SE of Miena (R) or 27km NW of Bothwell (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Ouse rest area 27 km

At Ouse

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees at Grace Nicholson Apex Park. On the east side of town.

Bethune Camp Area 28 km

T/O 7 km SE of Ouse (R) or 7 km NW of Hamilton (L)

Large grassed area 2.3 kilometres south-west of the highway via Dawson Road.

NOTE: Self-contained vehicles only.

Lagoon of Islands rest area 31 km

T/O at Steppes

On the shores of a lake 4km (unsealed) east of the highway.

Oatlands rest area 32 km

At Oatlands

On the banks of Lake Dulverton, just off the main street.

Gretna park area 33 km

At Gretna

Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.

St Peters Pass rest area 36 km

8km N of Oatlands (R) or 28km S of Ross (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

New Norfolk park area 44 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Pumphouse Bay camping area 45 km

T/O 13km SE of Miena (L) or 43km NW of Bothwell (R)

On the edge of a lake 6km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Poatina Rd.

Bradys Lake camping area 45 km

36km SE of Derwent Bridge (L) or 13km N of Tarraleah (R)

On the shores of the lake, 1km (unsealed) off the highway.

Nive River rest area 46 km

44km SE of Derwent Bridge (R) or 5km N of Tarraleah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and on the riverbank.

Bronte Lagoon rest area 48 km

28km SE of Derwent Bridge (R) or 21km N of Tarraleah (L)

Adjacent to the highway on the shores of the lagoon.

Jonah Bay camping area 48 km

T/O 13km SE of Miena (L) or 43km NW of Bothwell (R)

Among trees on the edge of a lake 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Poatina and Gunns Marsh rds.

Little Pine Lagoon Camp Area 54 km

T/O at Miena via Marlborough Highway

Small camping area located 12 kilometres south-west of Miena.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed.

Ross park area 56 km

At Ross

At the historic bridge on the road into town.

Campbell Town rest area 64 km

At Campbell Town

On the banks of the river on the south side of town.

What's on around town

International Highland Spin-In: odd-numbered years, Feb–Mar.

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