Woolmers Eatate

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A quick check of the options persuaded us to try the self-guided tour of the grounds which, in addition to the Rose Garden and the traditional Kitchen Garden, takes in the working horse stables, blacksmith shop, a shearing shed, cider house and the coach house. 

The Rose Garden covers two hectares and traces the evolution of the rose, from the 18th and 19th centuries to the present. 

While I’ve got to admit roses don’t do a great deal for me, any possibility of boredom was more than negated by the stroll around the historic buildings - again, just magnificent and a fourth highlight.

So, in less than twenty-four hours we’d encountered Clarendon House, Evandale, Ross and Woolmers Estate and I was looking forward to the overnight stop at George Town, one of Tasmania's most significant historical townships.

It took us just under an hour to wend our way north from Woolmers Estate, through Launceston and along the East Tamar Highway to the outskirts of George Town which turned out to be an administrative centre driven by recent industrial development rather than the historic village I’d been expecting.


© Ian Hughes 2017