Campbell Town came into existence in 1821 as one of a number of garrison towns linking Hobart and Launceston. It was named after Governor Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth Campbell. To complete the familial naming the river was named Elizabeth by Macquarie himself when he passed through the district in 1811.

Located 67 km south of Launceston and 132 km north of Hobart on the Midland Highway, Campbell Town is one of those extraordinary historic towns which make the journey between Tasmania's two largest cities such a special experience. This remarkably beautiful town, with its wealth of early nineteenth century buildings, its ducks on the banks of the Elizabeth River, and its warm red bricks, is more reminiscent of an English village than a small Australian town. This includes the congregational churches. Just marvelous.

The town is a feast of delights. The three-arch bridge (it is well worth walking down to the river on either side) was built by convict’s between1836-38.

The Campbell Town Hotel is old but undergone many renovations. The other old pub is now a restaraunt

The Campbell Town War Memorial is near the sports field  .

There is also the memorial to Harold Gatty the aviator.

Here are some more wood carvings

The Campbell Town Museum is central on the long strip that makes up the town.

Campbell Town, with its excess of National Trust and National Estate buildings, is the kind of town which deserves to be enjoyed. A half day, or even a day is recommended.


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  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