A Cheapskate's Guide to
Exploring Tasmania By Car

For pre-planning or use on the run, this free site is a useful, on-demand travel guide
for touring Tasmania by car, caravan, RV, or hitch-hiking.

Cressy - Tasmania

Tasmania's 'Trout capital'
If you are up for a spot of trout fishing, in season, head to Cressy.

List of Contents

A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

Front Page

Includes list of contents, Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series and a free, downloadable map of Tasmania

The Towns and Regions

Looks at the towns, camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real e

Download Free Map

This (external) link will give you access to free maps of Tasmania, Hobart City Centre, Launceston City Centre, Burnie and Devonport to print or store on your device.

Fun Pages
For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Free and Cheap

you can choose from camp-grounds provided by councils, commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites.

Dump Points ~ Van Repairs ~ Public Toilets

An easy access guide to Dump-Points, Van Repairs and Public Toilets.

Environment and Produce

Loads of links to Tasmanian food, beer and wine trails for you to follow and enjoy.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fosicking for such things as gold, sapphires, topaz, jasper, turquoise, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 70 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.



If you are up for a spot of trout fishing, and have remembered your fishing licence, you might want to head 11 kilometres south of Longford to Tasmania's 'Trout capital', Cressy.

Fishing season runs from the first Saturday in August to the Sunday nearest 30 April.

Fishing licences are required to fish on inland waters in Tasmania and can be purchased on-line.

The town

Cressy is a small, attractive, and historically significant town in the heart of the Northern Midlands rural district and its first hotel, the Cressy Hotel built by William Brumby, was opened in 1845.

Cressy was officially recognised in 1848, with its post office opening in 1856.

The town has a population of around 670 and is also noted as an important producer of oats, barley, peas and beans.

In the beginning

Prior to the arrival of Europeans the area around Cressy was occupied by members of the Tyerrnotepanner Aboriginal language group.

In 1826 the area was settled by Batholomew Thomas, a representative of an English company, the New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Establishment, which had been granted 20,000 acres in the district.

The land owned by the New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Establishment (which became known as the Cressy Establishment) developed into a substantial wheat farm and prospered until it was sold in 1856.

The area of Norfolk Plains, which takes in the Cressy district, was at one time the richest wheat growing area in Tasmania.

Today more specialised crops, like poppies for the pharmaceutical industry, are grown.

Many of its original homesteads and farm buildings still exist around the tiny township.

It is home to an extensive agriculture research facility for the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research.

Out And About In Cressy
This (external) link will take you to accommodation, attractions, dining, events, shopping and tours in Cressy.

Police, ambulance and fire dial 000

Toilet Facilities
Cressy Park - Corner of Main Road and Church Street, Cressy.

Doctor/Medical Centre
Longford Medical Centre: 28 George St, Longford - ph. (03) 6391 1170

Police Station
84 Main Street, Cressy - Non emergency ph. 131 444

Longford Veterinary Practice
24 Marlborough Street, Longford. ph. (03) 6391 1737

Real Estate for Sale
This (external) link will give you updated details of property for sale in and around Cressy.

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