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Longford - Cities, Towns and Localities

All that remains of the Californian redwood.

Longford was first settled in 1813 and is one of the oldest towns in northern Tasmania. Classified as a historic town, and located just off the Midland Highway, there are still many historic buildings and properties, most of which were built by convict labour.

Several of the Longford churches date back to its colonial beginnings including the Catholic Church, made of bluestone, and the Anglican Christ Church.

The Anglican Christ Church built in 1839, was recently in the news (Oct, 2002) when  the 80m high Californian redwood that stood in front of the church, was “blasted” by lightning. At more more than 160 years old, this was once Longford’s biggest tree. The church graveyard contains many of Longford’s pioneer settlers.

Longford was originally called Latour, the name being changed to Longford in 1833. Longford was established by free settlers, not convicts, on the fertile plains at the junction of the South Esk and Macquarie Rivers.

Only 20 minutes from Launceston, Longford has two of Tasmania’s finest and significant farming estates, Brickendon and Woolmers Estate, both being open to the public.

Remains of the Californian redwood, in front of the Anglican Christ Church.

In the fifties and early sixties, Longford held the acclaimed Longford Motor Racing Championships one weekend each March. Today, you can visit the Country Club Hotel to see some memorabilia and a photographic exhibition from this era.

Check out our listing of Longford accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Longford Visitor Information Group
Smith Street
Ph: 03 6391 1251

Longford Attractions

• Woolmers Lane (PO Box 72), LONGFORD TAS 7301
• Ph: 03 6391 1383 (BH) / 03 6391 1251 (AH) • Mobile: 0418 127 767 • Email
• Owned and farmed by the same family for over 170 years, the property is open for visitors to view and enjoy the history of this historic farming village, gardens that feature over 180 varieties of old roses, as well as other plants and collection of trees from around the world, planted during the 1830’s. Refreshment and picnic facilities.
• Held each November is the Longford Garden Festival. There are also a number of historic gardens in the district, many open for viewing as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme. Others are open throughout the year such as Brickendon, Bowthorpe and Woolmers.
Woolmers Estate
• LONGFORD TAS 7301 • Ph: 03 6391 2230 • Email
• Historic attraction with guided tour of the main house and family collections. Self guided tour of the property, then enjoy a light lunch or ‘tea’ in the licensed Servants Kitchen.

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