One of the oldest and most charming towns in Tasmania, Longford is a superb base for a Tassie break, number 15 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Annabelle Sandes, photographer and documentary filmmaker.

Annabelle Sandes is one of the Kimberley’s best photographers. Her home base, Broome, is one of those iconic places everyone wants to visit, and her work showcases some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet, but when asked to nominate one of her favourite spots in Australia, she doesn’t hesitate in choosing a place about as far away from her northern Australia home as you can imagine – the charming historic hamlet of Longford in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands.

“Longford is one of the oldest towns in Tasmania,” says Sandes.

“It was first settled in 1807, just four years after the first settlers arrived in Van Diemen’s Land. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Launceston, but it makes a great small town base for a Tasmanian holiday,” she says.

“Some of Tasmania’s best still-water trout-fishing spots are nearby, there’s the National Rose Garden at the World Heritage-listed Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Farm, Liffey Falls at nearby Mole Creek, lots of vineyards and berry farms, plus Cradle Mountain, Stanley and Freycinet’s Wineglass Bay are all within a two-hour drive.”


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