WESTBURY

Westbury is encounted when traveling the Devonport to Launceston (or vice versa) route. After the beauty of Deloraine Westbury is a bit of an anti-climax.

Westbury is a bit of a pretend heritage town. Most heritage buildings are actually undated.

The town came into existence in the early 1820s. It was surveyed in 1823 and by 1828 Governor Arthur ordered that the townsite be laid out with a view to Westbury becoming a major stopover point on the route from Hobart to the northwest coast which, at the time, was being opened up by the Van Diemen's Land Company. The scale of the survey was such that it is clear there were plans for Westbury to become a city.

The town never did grow. Consequently this early plan for a substantial township has been held in aspic. It is a town where time has stood still.

There is an argument that if the English village is some kind of high point of charm then Westbury, the most English of all villages in Australia, is certainly a place worthy of visiting and languidly experiencing. Yes, it has everything a clichéd English village has. A village green, lots of tree-lined streets, old courtyards and stables, elegant old inns and so many charming houses the visitor could easily spend a day just wandering around the streets.

The cricket wickets are the visual headline English act.

Heritage is clearly very important; the communication to the visitor is missing. The message/history steel scroll, though impressive medium misses the mark

By 1832 Lieutenant Ball and a detachment of troops were stationed near the Village Green. Four years later the town's population comprised 227 free men and women and 317 convicts.

The Westbury congregational churches are over 100 years old. The Anglican and Catholic are magnificent structures. The United likewise is also well over a 100 years old.

The Westbury Hotel is clearly turn of century or older, and delightfully charming.

The Westbury War Memorial is located in the village green opposite the Anglican Church.

The Westbury Museum is at the eastern end of the town that has an emphasis on machinery.

The visitor of a bygone era would have loved the ladies at The notorious Fitzpatrick's Inn. It is important for the visitor to linger awhile.

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