Swamp Gums, Australian Geographic

Population 300

Hamilton, an unspoilt National Trust–classified town, has avoided the commercialisation found in some parts of the state. Its buildings and tranquil lifestyle just outside Hobart conjure up an image of 1830s Tasmania.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Tarleton St; (03) 6286 3202.

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

  • Bothwell

    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...more

  • New Norfolk

    This National Trust–classified town looks like a little piece of Kent in England, with colonial buildings, heritage gardens and a...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

Hamilton Sheep Centre Demonstrates sheepshearing methods and the use of working farm dogs. Farm tours can be arranged, with meals provided. Bookings on (03) 6286 3332.

Glen Clyde House: convict-built c. 1840, this place now houses an award-winning craft gallery and tearooms; Grace St.

Hamilton Heritage Museum: small museum with artefacts and memorabilia of the area; Old Warder's Cottage, Cumberland St.

Jackson's Emporium: sells local products and wines; Lyell Hwy.

Heritage buildings: many buildings of historical importance include the Old Schoolhouse (1856) and St Peter's Church (1837), which is notable for having just 1 door to prevent the once largely convict congregation from escaping.


Lake Meadowbank: popular venue for picnics, boating, waterskiing and trout fishing; 10 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Salmon Ponds 24 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

Bronte System 49 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

The Springs 55 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

Arthurs Lake 63 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

Little Pine Lagoon 64 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

Great Lake 65 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Wellington Walks 50 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 55 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 55 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

Tahune AirWalk 61 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Tasmania Golf Club 62 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

Royal Hobart Golf Club 64 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Highlander Arms

Part of the Tarraleah Lodge estate, this highland-themed pub is a welcoming place to enjoy some bar time sampling their dozen or so unusual single malts, or to settle back with a hearty pub-style meal. While you tuck... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Two Metre Tall Company 22 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 45 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 53 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

Bethune Park camping area 9 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

Mount Field Campground 17 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

Bothwell Camping Ground 24 km

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 30 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

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park 33 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

Lake Binney camping area (bush camping) 44 km

Lake Binney’s main camping area is at Camp Corner between the boat ramp and the dam wall, just off the highway. There are also bush sites along the North Shore across the dam wall. The whole area is Hydro Tasmania... 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

Bronte Lagoon camping area 50 km

Bronte Lagoon lies amid sub-alpine woodland beside the Lyell Hwy (A10). Its tussocky shallows offer some of the most treasured fly fishing in Tasmania and its waters are reserved for artificial lures and flies. Camping... Find out more

Lake Dulverton Roadside Stopover camping area 53 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

Dago Point camping area 54 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

Caravan parks around town

New Norfolk Caravan Park 31 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

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park 33 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

Treasure Island Caravan Park 45 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

Barilla Holiday Park 59 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

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 66 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Hamilton’s Cottage Collection

These four delightful sandstone cottages offer the chance to experience the life of Hamilton’s early residents, except in those days crofters and farm workers would not have lived in such comfort. Furnished with... Find out more

McCauley’s Cottage

The unspoilt historic village of Hamilton has a generous choice of heritage accommodation but this stone and polished blackwood cottage built in 1846 is so carefully restored it’s as if the original owner –... Find out more

The Old Schoolhouse

Things were very different when this school was built in 1858; using convict stonemasons, they got the building finished for a mere £700, with separate doors for boys and girls, and rooms for the headmaster... Find out more


Fifty kilometres from Hamilton, Tarraleah’s chic Art Deco cliff-top lodge and nearby cottages date back to the 1930s, the heyday of Tasmania’s hydro-electric scheme building frenzy. Recently awarded by Vogue,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Curringa Farm 3 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

Hamilton camping area

At Hamilton

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

Bethune Camp Area 9 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.

Ouse rest area 13 km

At Ouse

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

Gretna park area 16 km

At Gretna

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

Pub With No Beer rest area 25 km

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

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Kempton camping area 30 km

At Kempton

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

New Norfolk park area 31 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Nive River rest area 42 km

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

Adjacent to the highway and on the riverbank.

Blackburn Creek rest area 43 km

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

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Bradys Lake camping area 46 km

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

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

Bronte Lagoon rest area 50 km

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

Adjacent to the highway on the shores of the lagoon.

Lagoon of Islands rest area 50 km

T/O at Steppes

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

Oatlands rest area 53 km

At Oatlands

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

St Peters Pass rest area 59 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Pumphouse Bay camping area 62 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.

Little Pine Lagoon Camp Area 65 km

T/O at Miena via Marlborough Highway

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

NOTE: Access road part unsealed.

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