Kempton was settled in the 1820s and originally called Green Ponds.
The streetscape, with its inn, church and shops, is very much as it was in the 19th century, and Dysart House, now privately owned, at the southern end of town, is an exceedingly handsome mansion. The highway now bypasses the town but it is worth stopping by to explore.
The first land grant went to Anthony Fenn Kemp, after whom the town was eventually named. You can see the entrance to his property – Mount Vernon – just south of Kempton. (You can find out more about the rather notorious Anthony Fenn Kemp in the wonderful novel, In Tasmania, by the British novelist, Nicholas Shakespeare, who spends part of each year here.)
Kempton is 49 kilometres north of Hobart.
Kempton is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Southern Midlands in Tasmania, it is located approximately 40kms from the capital Hobart and extends over an area of 92.05 square kilometres. Kempton has a recorded population of 386 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Hobart.
If you are planning a visit to Kempton we’ve put together some of the things 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 Kempton and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.