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.
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.