Located 34 km south west of Launceston, Cressy is a small, attractive, and historically significant town which came into existence in the 1850s to service the surrounding wheat farms.

Cressy was named after a land grant which was taken up in 1826 by a British company which had been formed to exploit Van Diemen's Land's agricultural potential. The reason for the name was not discovered.

This substantial wheat farm prospered until 1856 when it was broken up. It was around this time that a distinctive settlement emerged.

The Cressy Hotel had been opened in 1845 and the town came into existence around 1855.

Today many of the original homesteads and farm buildings exist around the tiny township and the area is still noted as an important producer of oats, barley, peas and beans.

It is known as Tasmania's 'Trout capital' for the good fishing in the area. It is also home to an extensive agriculture research facility for the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research. Cressy has one of the smallest Police Stations you may encounter

The Cressy War Memorial is located at the northern entrance to the town.

The United and Anglican are active in Cressy. The Anglican the largest and oldest.

Cressy is a drive through town that is encounted when traveling to ‘the lakes’ if the timing is right have a coffee or refreshment and admire the trout and the painted telegraph poles.

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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