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The main road between Hobart and Launceston by-passes  Ross but, turning off the highway we came to the third highlight in twenty-four hours.

It seems Ross has not been adversely affected by contemporary tourism. 

The town is beautifully preserved. 

While we were by no means the only tourists rubbernecking around the relics, there was plenty of elbow room. What brought most of them to Ross was, of course, the convict-built stone bridge dating back to 1836. 

It might be the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia, but the highlight is the intricately carved work on both sides of the bridge. Just spectacular. It’s no wonder the work won the stonemason Daniel Herbert a free pardon from his sentence.

After a wander around the village the most straightforward choice for lunch seemed to be a scallop pie from the bakery - an option we'd heartily recommend to anyone else visiting the vicinity.

Woolmers Estate

© Ian L Hughes 2021