The heritage town of Oatlands is much admired for its charming collection of 19th century sandstone buildings, including the historic Callington Mill Precinct. Adjacent to town, you’ll find picturesque Lake Dulverton, a waterbird sanctuary and wonderful spot to visit and relax.
Enjoy the lakeside walk, do some birdwatching, have a picnic, and see if you can spot the quirky characters submerged in and hanging out by the water. We’ve put together a few tips on how to make the most of your lakeside time.
1. Go for a relaxing stroll
The scenery is superb and it makes for a relaxing and interesting walk. Notice points of interest along the way, including Marys Island, a 19th century quarry, the historic Court House, an old sawmill, an early settler’s cemetery, a flax mill from WWII, and other historic sites. For more info, see the Lake Dulverton Walking Track Information Guide (you can pick up a hard copy from the Council office).
2. Do some birdwatching
The Lake Dulverton Conservation Area is an important habitat for birdlife as well as other species, such as frogs. As many as 77 different bird species have been recorded in the area. Coming into the warmer months, your heart will melt at the sight of adorable black swan cygnets (there are no ugly ducklings here).
3. Spot the Cows in the Lake
As you moove around the Lake, keep an eye out for the ‘Cows in the Lake’ sculptures. The installation was launched in 2018 as a tribute to a bygone era of Oatlands, when cows roamed and grazed the village streets during the day before casually making their way into Lake Dulverton in search of nourishing native grasses. The wonderful sculptures were created by Kooper Tasmania, the same artists behind the Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail.
4. Find the topiary sculptures
The Cows in the Lake aren’t the only curious characters around Lake Dulverton! Make friends with the topiary creatures hanging out near the water’s edge. The Topiary Trail extends throughout the whole town, so see if you can find them all.
5. Enjoy a picnic or BBQ lunch
Take advantage of the picnic and BBQ facilities by Lake Dulverton and make a day of it! The beautiful scenery is the perfect view to eat your lunch to. Just be prepared to defend your meal if the local birdlife comes for a stickybeak.
6. Have a go at bouldering
The boulders and caves around Lake Dulverton are popular for bouldering. Why not have a go at a new hobby? Be bold and build some muscles!
7. Try your luck at fishing
Lake Dulverton has a long history of trout fishing, with the first release of trout as early as 1892. In recent years, the lake has been stocked with brown, rainbow and brook trout in a range of age classes, so try your luck. It’s best to go early in the season, in case low rainfall and high evaporation over the summer affect water levels.
8. Explore Oatlands
Step back in time with a self-guided walk around the colonial sandstone town of Oatlands. Admire the quaint cottages and impressive buildings in the Georgian village, grab a bite to eat at the local cafes, check out the local shops, and visit the Callington Mill Precinct (guided tours are no longer available, but you are welcome to wander the site at your leisure).
9. Stay awhile at the free campsite
Motorhomes can park for free on the shores of Lake Dulverton, with free camping just off the Esplanade. This is a beautiful spot to get some R&R, and also makes a great base for exploring more of the attractions along the Heritage Highway. Be sure to step outside and look up at night—peaceful Lake Dulverton is a top spot for stargazing and aurora chasing (if you get really lucky).
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