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.

Oatlands - Tasmania

Oatlands has the largest collection of sandstone buildings in a village setting in Australia
with 87 original sandstone buildings along the town’s main street.

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.


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Oatlands sits around 84 km north of Hobart and 115 km south of Launceston, about 1 km off the Midland Highway (you can see the windmill from the highway) and has a (2011 Census) population of 862.

The town has the largest collection of sandstone buildings in a village setting in Australia with 87 original sandstone buildings along the town’s main street.

Some of the more significant buildings include the Oatlands gaol (1835), Commissariat’s store and watch house (1830s) and officers’ quarters (1830s).

The Oatlands Court House, built by convict labour in 1829, is the oldest supreme court house in rural Australia and the oldest building in Oatlands.

This delightful example of a Georgian public building was originally constructed as a combined chapel and police office and was purchased by the National Trust in 1977.


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

Free Overnight Camping at Oatlands
Camping by Lake Dulverton with public toilets nearby. Caravans and Motor homes may camp for free in this location.

Oatlands Historical Society History room
107 High Street, Oatlands
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday ~ 10am to 4pm
Tuesday ~ 10-30am and Friday ~ Open when possible.

Doctor/Medical Centre
Oatlands Surgery, 13 Church Street, Oatlands, ph. (03) 6254 5030

Police Station
83 High Street, Oatlands - non-emergency ph. 131 444

Police, ambulance and fire dial 000

Toilet Facilities

Heritage Highway Visitor Centre, 1 Old Mill Lane - Entrance off Esplanade for Wheelchair Access Parking - Opening hours: 9am-5pm - Visitor Information and Cafe Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Oatlands BP, 52 High Street - Open daylight hours

Council Chambers, Stutzer Street - Open 24 hours

Oatlands Veterinary Clinic
39 High St, Oatlands - ph. (03) 6254 0006

Oatlands Weather
The weather forecast (external) link includes rain, sun, wind, moon and UV as well as radar, satellite and synoptic charts.

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

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A Little History

One of Tasmania's oldest settlements, Oatlands was initially a military base for the control and management of convicts, because of its central location between Hobart and Launceston.

The town was named after an English town in the county of Surrey by Governor Macquarie in 1821.

Convicts were assigned to nearby farms and properties and also worked on public buildings, roads and bridges.

Hangman Solomon Blay

Much of the Black War (early settlers against local aborigines) took place in the surrounding districts and Oatlands was also the home of the ex-convict Solomon Blay, Tasmania's most feared hangman.

Hangings were carried out at Richmond, Launceston, Hobart and Oatlands and Solomon was forced to walk when his services were required, as no stage coach would pick him up.

Apparently his wages were so low that he could not afford a horse.

A description of Oatlands c 1852
drawn from The History of Tasmania - Volume II (of 2) by John West.

Oatlands [is] a considerable town in the parish of Oatlands and county of Monmouth, 51 miles (82 km) from Hobart, and 70 miles (113) from Launceston.

It contains an episcopal (St. Matthew's) and Roman catholic church, a Wesleyan chapel, several schools, a gaol, police and post offices, a military station, several inns, and other large buildings.

It has a resident police magistrate, and courts of request and quarter sessions are held in the town.

The supreme court sits twice in a year.

The population of the town and police district is 1,873, and the number of houses 279.
Oatlands is also an electoral district, for which H. F. Anstey, Esq., is the first member.

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  • Callington Mill
    Mill Lane, Oatlands
    The Callington Mill complex consists of a number of buildings, including:
    The windmill: Built c 1837, is 21.4 metres high (including the cap and fantail) and was constructed of local stone with the walls, at its base, almost 1 metre thick.
    The Mill-owner's house: Built c 1837 and extended in around 1848 and 1910, houses the information centre and cafe.
    The Stables were built c 1837 with a loft above and a cart-house at the rear.
    The Miller's Cottage: Built c 1860 and housed the millers.
    The Granary: Until 1846 this building was used for grain storage and subsequently housed a steam-mill, installed to overcome the vagaries of the wind.
    The Mill Well was installed to provide the steam-mill with water.

  • 1 High Street
    Now a private residence, this building was originally known as the Waldour Castle inn and during the 1850s it included a ballroom and skittle alley.

  • The Manse
    12 High Street
    This classic Georgian style Manse, of freestone construction, was built in 1860 by George Wilson for his daughter and her husband, The Reverend Lachlan MacKinnon Campbell.
    Much of the interior woodwork is magnificent cedar.

  • The Uniting Church
    30 High Street
    Formerly the Campbell Free Church, it was opened in 1856 and had to be rebuilt with the current spire after the original 27.5 metre steeple fell during a storm, destroying much of the church.

  • Holroyd House
    40 High Street
    Surrounded by an historic garden, Holroyd House was built in the early 1840s for John Whitford, a police magistrate.
    Prior to becoming a private residence again the building was a grammar school, the home and surgery of a doctor and a restaurant.

  • Commandant's House
    67 High Street
    The residence of the Military Commandant was built in 1832 and its original Georgian style has had later Federation additions made.

  • The Commissariat's Store
    79 High Street
    Built in 1832, the commissariat's Store was a military food store.

  • Lake Frederick Inn
    99 - 103 High Street
    Built by a former convict stonemason, George Aitcheson, in 1833, this complex shows the elements of a coaching inn, minus the twelve-stall stable block.
    Number 99 was the inn, with 101 and 103 the cottages for the licensee and yard manager.

  • Original Railway Station
    34 Wellington Street
    Operating from May 1885 until June 1949, the railway station served the 7km spur line from Oatlands to Parattah, where it joined the north - south main line.

  • The Gaoler's Residence
    Mason Street
    This two-story, classically Georgian sandstone building housed the gaolor and his family and also contained administrative spaces.

Much more information on the buildings and history of Oatlands can be had, free of charge, from the Tourist Information Centre.

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Anglican Cemetery
Containing the grave of Thomas Ansley, police magistrate, (1777 - 1851) and others, this cemetery sits adjacent to St Peters Anglican Church in William Street.

Old General Cemetery
The oldest cemetery in Oatlands, the Old General Cemetery, is located on the corner of Chatham and Stanley streets and its records date back to 1827.
Along with many convicts, soldiers and early settlers, the cemetery holds the remains of successful businessman and coachman, Samual Page.

Wesleyan Cemetery
Opposite the old railway station, in Wellington Street, sits the remains of the old Wesleyan Chapel, demolished in the 1960s and a number of sandstone tombs.

Presbyterian Cemetery
Containing graves and family plots dating back to the 1850s, this cemetery is located on Chatham Street along Prattah main road.

Catholic Church Cemetery
The Catholic Church Cemetery is set on Lake Dulverton's foreshore, behind the Old General Cemetery in Chatham Street.

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