EVENDALE

Evandale is situated on the South Esk River 20 km south of Launceston and a few kilometres beyond Launceston airport. Evandale is one of the trifecta that includes Perth and Longford. All a minute from each other

Governor Lachlan Macquarie travelled through the Evandale area in both 1811 and 1821. On his first visit he decided that a town should be built in the area and designated a site, about 3 km south east of the present town, as a suitable location.

The European settlement of the district came in a number of waves. The first settlers arrived in 1816. One of the first settlers was George Collins, from Norfolk Island, and for a time the town was known as Collins Hill.

The town was named after the surveyor and painter, George William Evans, who spent much of his later life in Van Diemen's Land. At one time he was appointed deputy-surveyor of lands in the colony.

Among the town's more unusual inhabitants was a convict named John Kelly who achieved a certain fame and notoriety when his son, Ned, became a successful bushranger.

The economic wealth of Evandale is historically based on its highly successful agriculture.

A classified historic town, it is a storehouse of superb heritage buildings which remain in largely original condition.

The tow hotels in Evandale are 100 year classics. Check out the murals in the Clarendon Arms

The Congregational churches are all over 100 years old.

The War Memorial is an amazing and moving acknowledgement.

Allow plenty of time to soak up this historic town when visiting.

 

The Evandale Village Fair is held annually on the last Saturday in February, and features a full day of Penny Farthing bicycle racing which includes the National Penny Farthing Championship.

Heritage diary

 

  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