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Visitor Information about Southern Midlands in Tasmania, Australia

The Southern Midlands is one of the nine regions of Tasmania, Australia, located between Hobart and Launceston. It is a popular tourist destination known for its rich history, stunning scenery, and unique attractions. Here is all the information you need to plan a visit to this beautiful region.

Getting there

The Southern Midlands can be easily accessed by car, bus or taxi from Hobart, Launceston or any other major town in Tasmania, with the Midlands Highway being the main artery connecting the region with the rest of the state. There are also several local bus and tour operators that offer day trips and guided tours of the region.

Things to do

  • Visit the historic village of Richmond, known for its well-preserved Georgian buildings and landmarks such as the Richmond Bridge, Australia's oldest stone arch bridge.
  • Explore the Coal River Valley wine region and sample some of the world-class wines produced in the area.
  • Take a stroll through the picturesque town of Oatlands, famous for its 19th-century sandstone buildings and windmill.
  • Discover the secrets of the Tasmanian Midlands at the Tasmanian Wool Centre in Ross, home to a range of interactive exhibits showcasing the region's rich history and heritage.
  • Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to get up close and personal with native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and Tasmanian devils.
  • Climb to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington for breathtaking views of the Southern Midlands and beyond.

Where to stay

The Southern Midlands offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences, from cozy bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels and resorts. Some popular choices include:

  • The Richmond Arms Hotel: A charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Richmond.
  • Branxholm Park House: An elegant colonial-style mansion set in a tranquil rural setting near Ross.
  • The Lodge at Tarraleah: A luxurious eco-resort nestled in the Tasmanian wilderness.

When to visit

The best time to visit the Southern Midlands is during the summer months (December-February), when the weather is warm and dry, and the days are long. However, the region is also beautiful in the autumn (March-May), when the leaves turn golden and red, and in the spring (September-November), when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Final thoughts

The Southern Midlands is a truly unique region that offers something for everyone, from history buffs and wine-lovers to nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or a longer holiday, the Southern Midlands is sure to delight and inspire you.

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