Hopping in the car and heading south to Woolmers Estate and National Rose Garden makes for an unforgettable day or weekend trip from Launceston. The historic Woolmers Estate is one of 11 UNESCO World Heritage Listed Australian Convict Sites and there is also a beautifully manicured Rose Garden in the grounds to explore.
At Woolmers Estate you can take a step back in time to colonial Tasmania and discover the story of settler Thomas Archer, his family and the convicts who played a critical role in the development and running of the estate.
The homestead dates back to 1817 and offers a fascinating look into the way of life of the Archer family, with original fixtures and possessions creating a nostalgic ‘frozen in time’ feel as you wander through. Six generations of the Archer family occupied the estate up until 1994.
Find out why Woolmers is regarded as one of the greatest examples of 19th-century Australian rural settlements by taking either a guided tour of the estate or a self-guided tour, if you prefer to explore at your own pace.
Don’t miss the vast and spectacular National Rose Garden which boasts an exquisitely landscaped 19th-century design and one of the finest collections of historic roses this side of the equator. If a day trip is simply not enough to soak it all in, the estate provides a range of unique accommodation in historic cottages built by the convicts who worked for the Archer family.
Woolmers Estate and National Rose Garden is less than a 30-minute drive from Launceston city centre and is situated on the edge of the town of Longford, which is steeped in history and brimming with colonial charm. Around Longford you can browse through antique shops, admire the historical buildings and visit the nearby Woodstock Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary.