LONGFORD

LONGFORD

LONGFORD

Longford

Much admired for its typically English landscape, much of Longford’s original architecture remains largely intact.

Longford’s history is filled with fascinating stories of convicts and English gentry. A visit to the UNCESCO World Heritage Convict Sites of Brickendon and Woolmers is a unique way to gain a greater understanding of Tasmania’s colonial past. Both properties tell their individual story, and at both you can view amazing buildings and spectacular gardens.

Look out for some of the fascinating history and memorabilia about the Australian Grand Prix, held in Longford during the 1950s & 60s. At the Visitor Centre you can pick up information showing the location of the track. From 1953 to 1968 the streets of Longford were the fastest motor racing circuit in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. At four and a half miles, it consisted of sharp corners, a high speed jump over a railway crossing, hairy kinks and rickety wooden bridges. The Longford circuit attracted some of the great drivers and riders of the era, including Sir Jack Brabham, Bob Jane and Jackie Stewart.

One of Australia’s oldest church and burial grounds, Christ Church graveyard at Longford has the graves of some prominent early settlers. The expansive park lands surrounding the church contain many trees planted by Dr Appleyard, who’s dream it was to plant every tree mentioned in the bible.

Christ Church is open to the public to tour on weekdays from 10am-noon from October to March.

While in Longford, why not test out your sleuthing skills with the entertaining Skulduggery Game, ‘Where There’s Smoke…” and see if you can solve a real mystery that occurred in these parts in 1831. ($10)

Voices from the Graves’ is a self-guided walk through the Christ Church graveyard, revealing rich, moving and significant themes of the colonial history of this area. A companion CD is also available. Hear two of the characters, Mary Anne Wise and Zimram Youram, as they tell their story in their own words, to a backdrop of stunning music played on leather instruments. ($5 each).

Items mentioned for purchase are available at the local council office, 13 Smith St.

Highlights not to miss

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Convict Sites, Woolmers & Brickendon
  • Cast a line to the wild trout into the South Esk River
  • Call into the Visitor Information Centre inside the bakery. Most days local volunteers are on duty and happy to chat about the history and things to do in the area
  • Collect a self-guided walking tour of Longford and learn stories of the architecture and characters
  • Indulge your senses at the National Rose Garden at Woolmers
  • Take a short drive to nearby Christ Chuch Illawarra to visit artist Tom Roberts’ grave and the Cairn of Peace
  • Play Skulduggery, and solve a real mystery that occurred in Longford in 1831
  • Take a self guided walk around the graveyard at Christ Church with Voices from the Graves.
  • Grab your bike and go for a spin at the newly reconditioned velodrome
  • Enjoy shopping for antiques, gifts
  • Longford Market at the RSL has a mix of produce, gifts, crafts, trash and treasure. 8am-12pm
  • See the interesting motor racing memorabilia at the hotel
  • Don your fancy hat at the New Year’s Day Picnic races in January
  • Enjoy a country Blessing of the Harvest on the Village Green in March

Longford

Much admired for its typically English landscape, much of Longford’s original architecture remains largely intact.

Longford’s history is filled with fascinating stories of convicts and English gentry. A visit to the UNCESCO World Heritage Convict Sites of Brickendon and Woolmers is a unique way to gain a greater understanding of Tasmania’s colonial past. Both properties tell their individual story, and at both you can view amazing buildings and spectacular gardens.

Look out for some of the fascinating history and memorabilia about the Australian Grand Prix, held in Longford during the 1950s & 60s. At the Visitor Centre you can pick up information showing the location of the track. From 1953 to 1968 the streets of Longford were the fastest motor racing circuit in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. At four and a half miles, it consisted of sharp corners, a high speed jump over a railway crossing, hairy kinks and rickety wooden bridges. The Longford circuit attracted some of the great drivers and riders of the era, including Sir Jack Brabham, Bob Jane and Jackie Stewart.

One of Australia’s oldest church and burial grounds, Christ Church graveyard at Longford has the graves of some prominent early settlers. The expansive park lands surrounding the church contain many trees planted by Dr Appleyard, who’s dream it was to plant every tree mentioned in the bible.

Christ Church is open to the public to tour on weekdays from 10am-noon from October to March.

While in Longford, why not test out your sleuthing skills with the entertaining Skulduggery Game, ‘Where There’s Smoke…” and see if you can solve a real mystery that occurred in these parts in 1831. ($10)

Voices from the Graves’ is a self-guided walk through the Christ Church graveyard, revealing rich, moving and significant themes of the colonial history of this area. A companion CD is also available. Hear two of the characters, Mary Anne Wise and Zimram Youram, as they tell their story in their own words, to a backdrop of stunning music played on leather instruments. ($5 each).

Items mentioned for purchase are available at the local council office, 13 Smith St.

Highlights not to miss

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Convict Sites, Woolmers & Brickendon
  • Cast a line to the wild trout into the South Esk River
  • Call into the Visitor Information Centre inside the bakery. Most days local volunteers are on duty and happy to chat about the history and things to do in the area
  • Collect a self-guided walking tour of Longford and learn stories of the architecture and characters
  • Indulge your senses at the National Rose Garden at Woolmers
  • Take a short drive to nearby Christ Chuch Illawarra to visit artist Tom Roberts’ grave and the Cairn of Peace
  • Play Skulduggery, and solve a real mystery that occurred in Longford in 1831
  • Take a self guided walk around the graveyard at Christ Church with Voices from the Graves.
  • Grab your bike and go for a spin at the newly reconditioned velodrome
  • Enjoy shopping for antiques, gifts
  • Longford Market at the RSL has a mix of produce, gifts, crafts, trash and treasure. 8am-12pm
  • See the interesting motor racing memorabilia at the hotel
  • Don your fancy hat at the New Year’s Day Picnic races in January
  • Enjoy a country Blessing of the Harvest on the Village Green in March

Longford

Much admired for its typically English landscape, much of Longford’s original architecture remains largely intact.

Longford’s history is filled with fascinating stories of convicts and English gentry. A visit to the UNCESCO World Heritage Convict Sites of Brickendon and Woolmers is a unique way to gain a greater understanding of Tasmania’s colonial past. Both properties tell their individual story, and at both you can view amazing buildings and spectacular gardens.

Look out for some of the fascinating history and memorabilia about the Australian Grand Prix, held in Longford during the 1950s & 60s. At the Visitor Centre you can pick up information showing the location of the track. From 1953 to 1968 the streets of Longford were the fastest motor racing circuit in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. At four and a half miles, it consisted of sharp corners, a high speed jump over a railway crossing, hairy kinks and rickety wooden bridges. The Longford circuit attracted some of the great drivers and riders of the era, including Sir Jack Brabham, Bob Jane and Jackie Stewart.

One of Australia’s oldest church and burial grounds, Christ Church graveyard at Longford has the graves of some prominent early settlers. The expansive park lands surrounding the church contain many trees planted by Dr Appleyard, who’s dream it was to plant every tree mentioned in the bible.

Christ Church is open to the public to tour on weekdays from 10am-noon from October to March.

While in Longford, why not test out your sleuthing skills with the entertaining Skulduggery Game, ‘Where There’s Smoke…” and see if you can solve a real mystery that occurred in these parts in 1831. ($10)

Voices from the Graves’ is a self-guided walk through the Christ Church graveyard, revealing rich, moving and significant themes of the colonial history of this area. A companion CD is also available. Hear two of the characters, Mary Anne Wise and Zimram Youram, as they tell their story in their own words, to a backdrop of stunning music played on leather instruments. ($5 each).

Items mentioned for purchase are available at the local council office, 13 Smith St.

Highlights not to miss

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Convict Sites, Woolmers & Brickendon
  • Cast a line to the wild trout into the South Esk River
  • Call into the Visitor Information Centre inside the bakery. Most days local volunteers are on duty and happy to chat about the history and things to do in the area
  • Collect a self-guided walking tour of Longford and learn stories of the architecture and characters
  • Indulge your senses at the National Rose Garden at Woolmers
  • Take a short drive to nearby Christ Chuch Illawarra to visit artist Tom Roberts’ grave and the Cairn of Peace
  • Play Skulduggery, and solve a real mystery that occurred in Longford in 1831
  • Take a self guided walk around the graveyard at Christ Church with Voices from the Graves.
  • Grab your bike and go for a spin at the newly reconditioned velodrome
  • Enjoy shopping for antiques, gifts
  • Longford Market at the RSL has a mix of produce, gifts, crafts, trash and treasure. 8am-12pm
  • See the interesting motor racing memorabilia at the hotel
  • Don your fancy hat at the New Year’s Day Picnic races in January
  • Enjoy a country Blessing of the Harvest on the Village Green in March