Hamilton is a charming village with historic buildings and views of the Great Western Tiers. Scottish farmers settled the area and you’ll still find crofter cottages and grand old farmhouses alongside cosy bed and breakfast homes.
Although the town is a lot quieter these days, it still has the atmosphere of a village in the 1800s with many of the town’s shops dating back to convict times.
Keep an eye out for the Old Schoolhouse, a large two-storey building built by convicts in 1858 and originally constructed so that the Headmaster lived in the room above the central staircase and the children, according to their sex, entered the school from different doors.
Also of interest is St Peter’s Church, completed in 1837. The church has only one door to prevent the congregation, which in the early days was about 50 per cent convicts, from attempting to escape.
You can learn more of the town’s lively past at the Hamilton Heritage Centre.
Nearby is Prospect Villa and Garden, with its early Georgian sandstone home and a garden with a series of romantic garden ‘rooms’ abundantly planted and set in a classic design with long vistas through the garden to focal points and panoramic views.
Hamilton is around a 1-hr drive (74 km) north-west of Hobart.
Hamilton is a small Tasmanian Rural Location within the local government area of Central Highlands, it is located approximately 54kms from the capital Hobart covering an area of 129.069 square kilometres. Hamilton has a recorded population of 211 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Hobart.
If you are planning a visit to Hamilton we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Hamilton and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.