The entire town of Evandale is a National Trust site—a collection of late-Georgian and early-Victorian architecture that offers a glimpse into what Tasmania was like in centuries past. It’s one of the best-preserved historic towns in all of Australia, with some of the oldest structures dating back to 1809.
The best way to explore Evandale is to take a stroll past heritage buildings like St. Andrew’s Church, Blenheim, the Royal Oak, and the saddler’s shop. There are some historic grand homesteads in the countryside surrounding Evandale, revealing glimpses into colonial days. Visit 19th-century Clarendon Homestead to admire neoclassical Georgian architecture and stroll through manicured formal parklands. The streets of Evandale are dotted with local craft shops, bakeries, and cafes where you can sample Tasmanian wine.
Things to know before you go
- Evandale is a must-visit for history buffs.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; Evandale is best explored on foot.
- Accommodations in Evandale tend to be a bit cheaper than in Launceston.
- Evandale tends to be windy throughout the year, so pack a wind-proof jacket.
How to get there
Evandale is just 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Launceston in the South Esk Valley. The best way to get here is by car or tour from Launceston. The Launceston airport is connected by frequent flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
When to get there
The best time to visit Evandale is between December and February, when temperatures are dry and warm. Come on Sunday morning to shop at the weekly market selling local produce, food, crafts, books, and souvenirs.
- Clarendon House
- Woolmers Estate
- Josef Chromy Wines
- Franklin House
- Launceston Planetarium
- Tamar Valley
- Cataract Gorge Reserve
- Design Tasmania
- National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
- Launceston City Park
- James Boag Brewery
- Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (QVMAG)
- Tamar Island Wetlands
- Ben Lomond National Park