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Sorell - Cities, Towns and Localities
1811 saw the first Europeans settle in Sorell, with the first major influx of population following the closing of the penal station at Norfolk Island in 1813. Sorell, then part of what was known as Pitt Water, was the major centre of wheat production for the whole of eastern Australia from 1816. Indeed, without it Sydney would have starved. In 1825, Matthew Brady held the whole town to ransom, captured the gaol and released the prisoners.

Today, Sorell is a wealth of history in the many historic buildings dating from the last century, and with some from the early years of Van Diemen’s Land. It is a great place to stay, close to beaches, foreshores and forest. It is also close to and within easy reach of destinations such as Eaglehawk Neck, the historic Port Arthur in the Tasman Peninsula and Tasmania’s beautiful east coast.

Check out our listing of Sorell 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.

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Sorell Attractions

Historic Buildings
Some of the historic buildings include The Old Rectory (c1826), Pelham House (c1864), St George’s Anglican Church (c1826/1883), anglican Church Hall (c1900), Railway Weir and Spillway (c1826), District Constable’s House (c1832), The Pembroke In (c1847), School of Arts (c1861), The Old Post Office (c1850) The Bluebell Inn (c1864), Colonial Terrace (c1827), St Thomas’ Catholic Church (c1863), Scots Uniting Church (c1840), House-25  Gordon Street (c1863), David Hildyard’s House/the Plough and Harrow (c1829), Braithwaite’s Store (c1910), Railway Station (c1892), Cole Street Shop (c1829), The Gordon Highlander Hotel (c1844).
Marion Bay
Spectacular views of Maria Island and enjoy the kilometres of beaches.
Orielton Lagoon
Important habitats for the migratory wading birds from the northern Pacific.
Primrose Sands
Only 15 minute drive a this popular weekend spot offering safe swimming beaches.
Seven Mile Beach
This is indeed seven miles of beautiful beach where guided horse rides are available. Only a 15 minute drive.
Sorell Fruit Farm
• 174 Pawleena Rd, SORELL TAS 7172 • Ph: 03 6265 2744 • Email
Visitors can pick their own cherries, strawberries, raspberries and eleven other fruits. There are picnic sites, refreshments and light meals.
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Sorell Distance

Distance to Sorell
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Sorell:
Devonport 267
Freycinet Peninsula 166
Hobart 25
Launceston 186
Port Arthur 69
Strahan 296
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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