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Longford – Things to do!

Visit Historic Properties

Tasmania has many fine examples of Georgian Architecture, the Northern Midlands is rich in history and heritage. Away from the highways, on winding side roads, beautiful private homes can be glimpsed behind their deep gardens. Many stately homes are open to the public. Down a hedge lined lane, less than five minutes drive from White Dove Cottage, are the World Heritage listed properties of Woolmers and Brickendon. The two Estates are regarded as the most significant rural estates in Tasmania; they had the second largest number of convict workers in Australia. The historic Clarendon and Entally estates are only 20 minutes away.


Time has stood still at Woolmers. Behind the heavy cedar doors the furniture and personal belongings of six generations of the Archer family remain in place. It is as though the family have just left the room. No other Tasmanian historic property touches the heart in the same way as Woolmers. Knowledgeable guides, some descendants of the first Thomas Archer, take guided tours, sharing many fascinating details about the furniture, china, and art works and details of the lives of the family and the convicts. I have taken the tour many times and still find it enthralling. Woolmers is home to the National Rose Garden. This outstanding Rose Garden is on a very large scale and is one of the finest collections of historic roses in the southern hemisphere, ranging from the earliest European and China roses through to the roses of the twenty first century. I believe that morning is the best time to visit the garden. The fragrance of thousands of roses on the morning air is a magical experience. Woolmers Festival of Roses is to be held on Sunday 17th of November 2013, running from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Specialist nurseries and growers of rare plants have well stocked stalls. Tasmanian crafts people, blacksmiths, sculptors, and joiners who produce unique gates, furniture and garden features also exhibit their wares for sale. There is no legal restriction on plants being taken to mainland states.


Brickendon is one of Australia’s oldest farming properties, settled in 1824 by William Archer; the farm has been continuously operated and lived on by his direct descendants, now in their 7th generation.

The convict built Farm Village was the hub of Brickendon and retains a living history from early European settlement. In the early days 20 draught horses ploughed the paddocks. Friendly sheep, a range of poultry, horses, goats and a pig called Flora are all there to pat or enjoy your company as you explore the Brickendon Farm Village.


Clarendon is considered the finest Georgian house in Australia.
Set on the banks of the South Esk River, Clarendon was the centre of a large pastoral enterprise developed by James Cox.
Complete with servants wing and many farm buildings the House is surrounded by extensive gardens and parklands waiting to be explored.


Entally Estate is named after a suburb of Calcutta, India, and built in 1819 for Thomas Reibey. While he lived there he was reputed to have the most extensive library in the colony. The house contains a magnificent collection of Regency furniture and fine silver. The estate consists of Entally House and historic buildings including Australia’s oldest Conservatory, Chapel, Stables, Carriage House and Farmyard. Set in grand parklike surroundings with magnificent gardens vineyard and historic outbuildings. You can tour the historic home and gardens, taste wine from the vineyard and enjoy a delightful Devonshire Tea.

Fly Fishing

Longford and nearby Cressy are a trout fisherman’s paradise. The nearby Macquarie River is a renowned meadow stream, attracting anglers from all over the world; Brumby’s Creek is also a very popular spot. The National Fly Fishing Championships have been held in the area. If the thought of fishing for wild brown trout in a scenic highland lake sounds appealing, Tasmania’s Central Highland lakes are less than an hour’s drive away. Don a pair of waders and find yourself standing thigh-deep in some of the best trout fishing waters in the world. There is a reason that Tasmanians own more boats per head of population than any other Australian state, the fishing is top class! So why not bring your own boat or hire one when you get here. An Inland Fisheries Licence is required for any fishing in inland waters, which includes some river mouths and estuaries. If you are a keen fly-fishing enthusiast, or you’d like to learn the art of casting a fly, Trout Territory Fishing Tours know these waters well, and will be happy to help you.

Antique Shops

Tasmania is an antique lover’s paradise. Northern Midlands has at least one in every little town.

In Longford, Dandisons is located at 61 Wellinton Street. Opening times are 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Evandale Market

The quaint village of Evandale is only 15 mins from White Dove. Though not as well-known as Hobart’s Salamanca Market, Evandale Market is richer in “Trash and Treasure” stalls. I have found many treasures at unbelievably low prices by being there early. Evandale is also a farmers market. As well as abundance of fresh produce there are tempting Tasmanian gourmet food stalls. The French pastries are not to be missed!

Motorsport History

From 1953 until 1968 the winding roads in and around Longford where used as a car racing track. A section of Pateena Road was called the Flying Mile along which famous drivers pushed their cars to incredible speeds. Longford’s Country Club Hotel has a collection of memorabilia from those races; numerous signed photos, goggles, driving gloves and an historic race car is suspended in the front window. A counter meal at the Country Club Hotel is a chance to live the glory days of motor sport.

Beautiful Walks

Take a stroll by the river and watch the trout rise.

Dining Out In Longford

JJs Bakery and Café has won many awards for it breads and pastries. They also make gourmet wood fired pizzas. Open for breakfast and lunch only


Three country pubs, The Blenheim, The Queens Arms and The Country Club offer substantial counter meals.

Dining Out In Launcestion (20 mins away)

Launceston has some of Australia’s top restaurants.
  • Stillwater. Situated in the historic Ritchie’s Mill at the mouth of the Cataract Gorge offers casually elegant ambiance. This multi award winning restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and Monday through Saturday for our indulgent evening menu. Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Me Wha. A multi award winning Chinese restaurant.
  • The Black Cow. Offers modern Australian cuisine. Sharing the same culinary pedigree as the acclaimed Stillwater is Black Cow Bistro, Launceston’s fine dining ode to the finest Tasmanian steak.
  • Pierre’s. The award-winning Pierre’s Brasserie & Wine Bar is a classic European restaurant with a modern twist and it’s been a favourite of Launceston locals for more than half a century. It is justifiably famous being mentioned in a Dirk Pitt novel as having the “the best coffee in the world”
  • Burger Got Soul. Has simply the best home-made burgers!
  • Cataract Bistro. Offers modern Australian cuisine. From the window view the breathtaking beauty of the Cataract Gorge.
  • Elaia Café. Offers a relaxed dining option serving all day breakfasts, pizzas, cafe favourites and great coffee.
  • Levee Food Co. Situated at Launceston’s Seaport has modern Australian cuisine. Watch the yachts bob on their moorings while you dine.
  • Novaro’s Italian Restaurant. For traditional Italian cuisine in a romantic setting, you can’t go past Novaro’s in Launceston.

Day Trips

  • Launceston’s spectacular Cataract Gorge should not be missed. The world famous Basin Chairlift’s 308 metre central span traverses the huge, naturally formed basin filled by the waters of the South Esk River. It is the world’s longest single span chairlift. The gentle, yet awe-inspiring ride provides stunning views of the river, majestic dolerite cliffs and the Cataract Gorge’s beautiful gardens. The Chairlift is open every day from 9.00am and is accessible from both sides of the river basin.
  • The National Autombile Museum is one of Australia’s most significant motoring collections. Spanning over one hundred years of style and technical achievement this is an impressive collection of traditional and contemporary marques.With four sensational theme displays, constantly changing exhibits in the main hk58all and a mezzanine floor packed with motorcycles The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania is a must see. It is arguably one of Australia’s best presentations of classic and historic cars and motorbikes. Located at 84 Lindsay Street.
  • Tamar Valley wine route. Travel down the scenic West Tamar sampling the wines of the numerous vineyards along the way.
  • Continue over the Batman Bridge with spectacular view of the Tamar River’s treacherous Whirlpool Reach to the East Tamar and the award winning Janz, Ninth Island and Bay of Fires Vineyards.
  • Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Visit Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre and lose yourself in history. Visit the new mine yard where you can access the iconic headframe and miners cage. Play with treasures from the past and embark on a historical journey to a place where life is simple. At the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre Tasmanian history is alive, and gold is under your feet.
  • Drive down the East Tamar to the Low Head historic Lighthouse and Pilot Station.
  • Explore the Mole Creek Caves, on the way stopping at Elizabeth Town’s Raspberry Farm Café. The menu offers every imaginable delight made from fresh raspberries. It is impossible to choose! Everything is delicious!
  • Bridestowe Lavender Farm is the largest lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere.

Longford is only a short drive from most Northern Tasmanian attractions,
so why not make White Dove Cottage your base for a few days?

Phone: 0400 957 285