Historic Oatlands will be encounted when traveling the Midlands Highway between Hobart and Launceston. Oatlands is a sort of halfway mark town. Oatlands is now a by-pass town and the  local economy is now slower.

The area was first formally explored by Europeans when Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his party passed through in 1811. It was another decade before Macquarie returned to the district. On the second visit he recognized the present site as "a very eligible station for a town" and, according to a local plaque, he named the town "Oatlands" on 3 June 1821. The name reputedly referred to a rich grain-growing area of Macquarie's native Scotland.

Oatlands importance was guaranteed in 1821 when Macquarie decided to establish a road from George Town (at the time it was known as Port Dalrymple) to Hobart. A number of military posts were established along the road and Oatlands was chosen as one such site.

In the following five years a few settlers moved into the area but it wasn't until the arrival of a military detachment in 1825 that it began to develop.

Modern Oatlands is a service centre for the surrounding farming community. It has the usual array of modern facilities which blend successfully with the town's historic past. There are quite a number of heritage buildings.

The congregational churches are all great design classics. The Presbyterian wins the steeple claim, the Anglican a magnificent historic and traditional, and the Catholic also historic.

The Oatlands War Memorial is given the best sandstone treatment.

The Museum and Info Centre is at the historic windmill.

The two Oatlands Hotels are missing the cruise trade, but are still great pubs.

Oatlands, along with Ross are must visit towns in Tasmania. Enjoy

Heritage diary




  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
v 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