Welcome to Midlands
Tracking north–south between Launceston and Hobart, the convict-built Midland Hwy has been Tasmania's main thoroughfare since it opened to horse-and-carriage traffic in 1821. The towns along this route – now also nostalgically known as the 'Heritage Hwy' – were established as garrisons for prisoners and guards, protecting travellers from the menace of bushrangers. These days there are plenty of places to stop and eat, drink and absorb the history here, with some amazing old bridges, homesteads and convict-built remnants to see.
Find out more on www.heritagehighway.com.au.