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Ross - Cities, Towns and Localities
Centrally located on the Heritage Highway in prime sheep grazing area, Ross is in Tasmania’s Midlands and only 78 km south of Launceston and 117 km north of Hobart.

Once an important stopover point between Hobart and Launceston, Ross is considered one of the most beautiful examples of an historic town in Tasmania. With its 19th century colonial buildings, Ross still retains a charming village atmosphere. As you cross the famous Ross Bridge with its intricate sandstone carvings, and then stroll down streets lined with trees and old sandstone buildings, you have a sense of a bygone era.

Check ou tour listing of Ross 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

Tasmanian Wool Centre
Church Street
Ph: 03 6381 5466
Fax: 03 6381 5407

Ross Attractions

Ross Bakery Inn
• 15 Church St, ROSS TAS 7209 • Ph: 03 6381 5246 • Fax: 03 6381 5360 • Check website for price
This classic Georgian building was built from Ross quarried sandstone in 1832 by convicts for John Dickinson, a free settler from Nottinghamshire, England. Originally named the Sherwood Castle Inn, it served as a coaching inn and horse change on the Hobart Road. Listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register and classified by the National Trust of Australia, its current name The Ross Bakery Inn, comes from the Ross’s original bakery that had operated alongside the inn for over 100 years.

Today, the tradition continues, offering travellers comfortable accommodation, and the smell of fresh baked bread. The Inn also offers private meeting rooms for business and social meetings.

The Tasmanian Scottish Centre
For all you homesick Scots, the owners also run ‘The Tasmanian Scottish Centre’ alongside the Inn stocked with tartans, crests, scarves, ties, books, music, clan information and Scottish sweets. They are also licensed to sell Scottish and Tasmanian Whisky. So check them out.
Ross Female Factory
Built in the early 1840’s, incarcerated female convicts from 1847 to 1854. It was one of four females 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.

Today, the Ross Female Factory is a protected historic site, managed by Parks and Wildlife Service and the Tasmanian Wool Centre of Ross.

Open to the general public, the Overseer’s Cottage has a display on the history of this unique convict site, including a model of the Female Factory in 1851.

For details on the Ross Female Factory Archaeological Project click here...
Ross Bridge
Spanning the Macquarie River, the historic Ross Bridge was made from locally quarried sandstone. Completed in 1836 by convict stonemasons, it is regarded as the finest masonry bridge of its period. Australia’s third oldest bridge, it is renowned for its decorative carved stonework depicting Celtic symbols and images of contemporary figures. There are 186 carvings, consisting of abstract shapes depicting animals, birds, insects, plants and Celtic Gods and Goddesses, as well as heads of friends and foe, including the Governor of the day, George Arthur.

Source: Heritage Highway

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Ross Distance

Distance to Ross
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Ross:
Devonport 159
Hobart 117
Launceston 78
Port Arthur 168
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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