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GSA finds Oatlands authentic mill, English to its socks Ross and a Riverside campervan camp

March 21, 2014
GSA finds Oatlands authentic mill, English to its socks Ross and a Riverside campervan camp

After an overnight stay at Longford Agnes and Nick are now at Beauty Point Tourist Park near Launceston today (Sat) today in their Tassie Motor Shacks campervan.

On Thursday they travelled from Richmond to Oatlands. In Oatlands is Callington Mill built in

1837 by John Vincent. It has been restored and it is the third oldest windmill in Australia. The mill grinds locally sourced grain into flour as it did over 120 years ago.

Then Agnes and Nick toured on to to Ross. Ross impressed them.

"What a lovely place, could have spent days there", Agnes said. Ross is a convict village on the Heritage Highway (Bypassed to avoid heavy traffic inside the village). Ross in Tasmania's Midlands is 78 km south of Launceston and 117 km north of Hobart. Ross is listed on the Register of the National Estate and many of the town’s historic buildings, many built from sandstone, are listed in their own right.

The Ross Female Factory, a former Australian workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, was operational between 1848 and 1854, the factory is now one of the 11 sites that collectively comprise the Australian Convict Sites, listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

Female Factory Ross
Female Factory Ross

Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania says it was one of four female factories established in Tasmania. The name, 'Female Factory' was abbreviated from the British institutional title 'Manufactory', and referred to the prisons' role as a Work House. Ross is typically English and is reminiscent of the towns in the Cotswolds or in north Oxfordshire.

"We stayed at the Longford Riverside Caravan Park for the night, nice place and we enjoyed a pub meal", Agnes said.

On the banks of the picturesque Macquarie River, the Longford Riverside Caravan Park is 20-minutes drive from Launceston. Pets are allowed at the managers discretion.

Longford Riverside Caravan Park accommodation options include Ensuite On Site Vans, Budget Cabins and Units, and spacious Powered and Unpowered sites, with some camping sites right on the riverbank.

There are two amenities blocks; one with separate disabled facilities. There is a well-equipped laundry, a combined camp kitchen and a spacious undercover barbecue area.

Longford Riverside is within walking distance of public transport, shops and chemist. Longford has an IGA store, a licensed bakery, three hotels, three cafes, and two a la carte restaurants. The caravan park is a base for day trips to the Northern region, Tamar Valley, and some of Tasmania’s best cool climate wineries.

Fishing  at Longford Riverside Caravan Park
Fishing at Longford Riverside Caravan Park

Longford Riverside has 78 powered sites (all with sullage and water) and 50 unpowered sites - some on the riverbank. On-site accommodation is also available. There are two amenities blocks; one with separate disabled facilities.

Longford and nearby attractions include:

Visit Woolmers Estate, regarded as the most authentic remaining example of an Australian pioneer farm. More recently it has established a National Rose Garden, with more than 4,000 roses on display.

Brickendon Estate.

Woodstock Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Antique galleries and Craft shops.

Memorial Park.

Trout fishing in the Maquarie River.

Clarendon House at Evandale.


Visit nearby Launceston, Deloraine, Mole Creek, Liffey Falls, Central highland lakes.

Beauty Point Tourist Park lives up to its name. It is a beautiful place to stay. The water view from  cabin and campsites are million dollar outlooks. There is plenty of room for big rigs including  serious 5th wheelers. Fishing is on the doorstep and the Beauty Point Tourist Park is a breath of fresh air with its peace. 

Beauty Point Tourist Park is a real waterfront experience with direct access to thre attractions of  the Tamar Valley 44 km north west of Launceston on the West Tamar Highway. 

Powered sites cater for caravans, campervans or motorhomes. Some sites are big enough for 5th  wheelers. Beauty Point Tourist Park has room to move. Drive through sites are available on  request. Beauty Point Tourist Park is on seven picturesque acres of land and surrounded on both sides by the pristine waters of the beautiful Tamar river.

Beauty point Tourist Park has a range of cabins. Waterfront Carravillas for the budget conscious, Deluxe Cabins for families and Premium luxury Waterfront Cabins. All cabins are fully self-contained, and supplied with all bedding, linen and towels. Cots are available on request.

Beauty Point was originally established as the first deepwater port on the Tamar River and is now the site of the Australian Maritime College. Most Tasmanian Tourist Parks are pet friendly. Check with the park management when booking. All Tasmanian Tourist Park properties are individually owned and operated by teams that have a passion for the island and all that it offers.

Nearby things to see and do include - 
Beaconsfield Mine.
Seahorse World 
Platypus House 
Greens Beach 
Narawntapu National Park
Notley Fern Gorge
Tasmania Zoo
Cataract Gorge
Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
Tamar River Cruises
City Park & Macaque Monkeys
Low Head & Penguin Tour
Anvers Chocolate Factory
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
Ashgrove Cheese Factory
Ashgrove Cheese Factory
The Tourist park is well clear of any noisy roads. Beauty Point Tourist Park is located at 36 West 
Arm Road, Beauty Point, Tasmania. An easy one-hour drive from Devonport Ferry Terminal and Launceston Airport. Its GPS coordinates are: S 41, 08, 41 E 146, 48, 30.

Metal sculpture on Midland Hwy on way to Oatlands
Metal sculpture on Midland Hwy on way to Oatlands
Nick and Aggie at Longford Riverside Caravan Park
Nick and Aggie at Longford Riverside Caravan Park
Old prison at Oatlands
Old prison at Oatlands
Sharon briefs Agnes at Oatlands Visitor Centre
Sharon briefs Agnes at Oatlands Visitor Centre
Ross Bridge
Ross Bridge
Ross Memorial
Ross Memorial
Woodcraft Shop Pinnochio
Woodcraft Shop Pinnochio
Tassie Motor Shacks at Ross
Tassie Motor Shacks at Ross