Bothwell Travel Guide

  • The birds the ladies loved are recorded here
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Bothwell Things to Do

  • The walk

    This building is unique in Australia; it not only serves as the local tourist information centre but it is the historical golf museum as well. The reason for this is that the oldest golf course in Australia is just down the road, a fact not even known by that many golfers I suspect.It is here where you should get you walking map of the town. This...

  • On a private note

    Elizabeth House is a delightful residence, these days private only but the Georgian roots are clear to see.Meanwhile, Pooh Cottage on the hill on the other side of the river is not listed in the historical directory but is plainly of historical interest, if only you could get to see it. The high hedge surrounding precludes this and is evidence that...

  • St. Luke's Uniting Church

    There's always a lot of history in churches and graveyards. St. Luke's is no exception. What I also found interesting is that the three churches of the town are all in the same block.Here it's easy to find the Scottish ancestry, particularly in inscriptions such as you see in pic 4. The infamous "clearances" that led to towns like Bothwell being...

  • A load of old cobblers

    There's a wide range of architectural styles in Bothwell, ranging from the stylish library in pic one to the basic cobbler's store in pic two, though the latter is not in its original location, which was adjacent to Elizabeth House. It originally belonged to Charles Medhurst and then his son Clarrie and dates from 1897 at least. It was more than a...

  • Surrender? Never

    What a wonderful reminder of the past. This was once called "The House of No Surrender" which wasn't a reference to any hostile threat from opposing towns or peoples but the demon drink for this was once the Templar's Hall.At the time, 1876, there were four hotels in the town but, by 1886 this building became a shop and residence, fortunately not...

  • Signs of the times?

    Michael spotted it, the sign that is. It was headed "Pushing up Daisies" and went on;Have you ever been wondering why the grass is so long in the cemetery?(Surprisingly, I hadn't lain awake at night pondering that point!)Come along to the local Uniting Church to find out the answer. The Understorey Network and Greening Australia are holding a field...

  • Georgian

    Though these days the Falls of Clyde is a private residence it was first licensed as an inn in 1836. The current owners have it in a fine state of preservation.The next building of note along Dalrymple Street is on the corner of Alexander. It is the old P.O. building with hitching rail and dates back to 1891

  • The colour of it all

    One thing you'll notice from time to time in your walk is the lovely colours of the flowers. Naturally enough, this statement applies in spring and summer rather than the chilly months.At Bothwell, as in the rest of Tasmania, roses are abundant and there seems to be a predeliction for the smaller climbing variety (pic 3).

  • The pub

    Now it's time to start walking and, as you head to where Market Place meets the main road you'll notice there are two stores on opposite corners, both selling similar stuff.It's quite extraordinary in a town this size that the two "supermarkets", service stations and general store should be so close but, that's Bothwell.The one on the south side is...


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  • Stones of The Steppes

    "Oh, a sign". That was the thought that raced through my head. "Perhaps it's worth a look", I countenanced and so it was that I turned in to the Steppes Historic Site.Just off the Lake Highway, about 35 kilometres north west of Bothwell, there's a series of sculptures. They were done by a sculptor called Stephen Walker and were passed on as a gift...

  • Croaker's Alley

    I loved this. They built a barracks right near the sign in 1824 in an effort to quell native uprisings but, in 1828 it collapsed, mainly due to overcrowding.A new site was eventually surveyed and in 1832 Fort Wentworth was built on Barrack Hill and much of the original is still there.This coincided with the bridge being built across the creek.There...

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