Beaconsfield is a destination town some 50ks north of Launceston. Beaconsfield is a pretty town that is rich in history. Both good and sad. The town was recently famous for the saving of two miners who were trapped for a long period in the underground mine shaft.

The town lies in the heart of an apple-growing district and, at this point, the Tamar River supports numerous oyster leases.

Beaconsfield went through a series of names before reaching its present one. The town's site was originally known as Cabbage Tree Hill and, when gold mining began in the 1870s, it became known as Brandy Creek. The present name was given to the town in 1879, when it was proclaimed, by Governor Weld. It was named to Honour the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield

It is thought that gold was first discovered in the area in 1847 although it wasn't until 1869 that alluvial gold was panned. By 1877 major gold companies were in the area and by 1881 Beaconsfield was known as the richest gold town in Tasmania. At its peak there were 53 companies working the goldfields and, for a while in the 1870s, there were two iron smelting companies working in the area.

The mining history gives Beaconsfield the catalyst display this proud heritage and the town achieves this to good effect. Brilliantly in fact.

The three remaining hotels are all gold rush classics.

The Beaconsfield War Memorial is located at the southern entrance to the town.

The main congregational churches all active in Beaconsfield. The United a 100 year classic.

The Mining Heritage Centre is quite something. Allow plenty of time when visiting.

Nearby Beauty Point have shipping wharves and two hotels.

The history of York Town is also nearby

When considering accommodation options Beauty Point may suit best. Allow a day or three when visiting.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course