Top choice in Tasmania

This 1838 mansion on the banks of the South Esk River, built for wealthy wool grower and merchant James Cox, is a Georgian gem that looks like it’s stepped straight out of Gone with the Wind. Long the grandest house in the colony, it's open for self-guided visits, though National Trust volunteers are also usually on hand to steer you through the antique-furnished home.

You can also wander through the outbuildings, one of which houses the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, which was closed for refurbishment at the time of writing.

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1. Australian Fly Fishing Museum


This small but impressive volunteer-operated museum has a beautiful collection of rods, reels and flies, but was closed at the time of writing because of…

2. Evandale Market


An exuberant mix of happy locals selling fresh fruit and veg, kids' pony rides (and occasionally a mini-train), food vans, and stalls selling crafts and…

4. St Andrews Anglican Church

4.62 MILES

Sometimes referred to as 'the other St Andrews' (there are two churches of this name in Evandale), this building with its soaring spire dates from 1872…

5. Water Tower

4.85 MILES

As you enter town from the north you'll see this castle-like red-brick water tower (1896), which encloses a convict-dug tunnel designed to supply water to…

6. Woolmers Estate

6.98 MILES

Part of the Unesco World Heritage Australian Convict Sites listing, this pastoral estate on the Macquarie River was built by Thomas Archer in 1817 and…

7. Brickendon

7.93 MILES

Wander through the convict-built farm village and gorgeous heritage gardens at Brickendon, a property that has been in the Archer family since 1824 and is…