The area around Pontville (declared a town in 1830) was first explored by Europeans when Hobart experienced severe food shortages in the early 1800s. Soldiers were sent north to kill emus and kangaroos. One of them, Private Hugh Germain, is allegedly responsible for the unusual names found in the region, such as Bagdad, Jericho, Lake Tiberius and Jordan River. Legend has it that Germain carried copies of Arabian Nights and The Bible and found his inspiration within.
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Nearby national parks
Historic buildings Many buildings remain from Pontville's early days, including the Romanesque St Mark's Church (1841), The Sheiling (1819) and The Row, thought to have been built in 1824 as soldiers quarters. On or adjacent to Midland Hwy.
Bonorong Wildlife Park: popular attraction showing Tasmanian devils, quolls, echidnas, koalas, wombats and Forester kangaroos; Briggs Rd, Brighton; 5 km S.
Historic towns: Brighton (3 km S), Tea Tree (7 km E), Bagdad (8 km N), Broadmarsh (10 km W) and Kempton (19 km N).
Fishing spots near town
The Springs 23 kmVisitors 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
Salmon Ponds 25 kmMost 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
Twin Lakes 40 kmI always thought the title of John Gierach’s entertaining book Where the Trout are all as Long as your Leg was a little farfetched, until I realised it related to a time when he was five years old. I am a little... Find out more
Eco-friendly activities around town
Island Cycle Tours 23 kmThis 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 23 kmWith 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
Mount Wellington Walks 24 kmYou 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
Golf courses around town
Tasmania Golf Club 25 kmThe 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 27 kmRoyal 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
Moo Brew 14 kmWith 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 24 kmIt’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
Two Metre Tall Company 26 kmAshley 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
Campsites around town
Bothwell Camping Ground 39 kmRight 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
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Mount Field Campground 45 kmThis 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
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Lime Bay camping area 47 kmThis picturesque, grassed camping area is 4 km beyond the historic mining site and is the starting point for an easy, scenic walk to Greens Point cliffs and Lagoon Beach. Gas/fuel stoves are recommended, and you need to... Find out more
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Caravan parks around town
New Norfolk Caravan Park 19 kmAcross 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
Barilla Holiday Park 22 kmThis 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
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Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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Eco-friendly places to stay around town
Curringa Farm 41 kmNear 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
Kempton camping area 18 km
Just off the highway. At the south end of town.
New Norfolk park area 19 km
At New Norfolk
Just off the highway. In the middle of town.
Gretna park area 27 km
Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.
3km SE of Bothwell (R) or 18km NW of Midland Hwy (L)
Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.
Hamilton camping area 38 km
Basic caravan-park facilities among a few trees on the banks of the Clyde River. In the middle of town.
Oatlands rest area 44 km
On the banks of Lake Dulverton, just off the main street.
Bethune Camp Area 47 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.
Dunalley park area 50 km
Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.
St Peters Pass rest area 50 km
8km N of Oatlands (R) or 28km S of Ross (L)
Just off the highway among a few trees.
Ouse rest area 50 km
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees at Grace Nicholson Apex Park. On the east side of town.