What’s so great about Beaconfield, what to see and best things to do
Launceston 50km approx 45 minutes
WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS
- Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, stories of heroic mine rescues and the deepest shafts in Australia searching for gold reefs
- Platypus World, a place where it is guaranteed to view the elusive Australian original, the platypus
- Seahore World, whimsciel creatures, beautiful upright marine jewels
- Local wineries to linger in on the Tamar Wine Trail
- Beaconsfield nearby is coastal Narawntapu National Park
Heritage buffs will thoroughly enjoy the immersive exhibits and visual displays of the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. The story of Tasmania is writ large in the gold mined from Beaconsfield. At one point Beaconsfield was the third largest town in Tasmania. Learn about the mining tragedies and a mine under the continual threat of flooding. The Beaconsfield heritage walking trail commences from the Centre’s front entrance.
Platypus World is where visitors get to meet up close and personal a unique fascinating local.
Seahorse World is colour, fun and constant shifting shapes as delicate seahorses float into view.
Goaty Hill Wines & Cabbage Hill Wines are flagship bearers for the well known Tamar River Wine Trail.
Looking for a slower paced outdoors holiday nearby is Narawntapu National Park, Briggs Regional Reserve and natural gorges where walking trails beckon visitors to tarry awhile.
- Todd Russell, 34, and Brant Webb, 37, were trapped in a safety cage in the Beaconsfield mine after an earthquake, April 2006. Their colleague 44-year-old Larry Knight perhised. Successfully rescued and heralded as good as gold Aussies due their laid back attitude.
- A historic Exchange hotel associated with an unsolved bank robbery where the owners have the temptation of stumbling on the stolen loot continues to attract interest from treasure hunters. In 1884, Exchange Hotel owner Richard Collins and his son George were among seven men arrested over a robbery at the local Bank of Tasmania branch. No one was ever convicted for the robbery, which Launceston’s Examiner newspaper described as “daring” and “unparalleled in Tasmania’s history” The loot continues to avoid detection.
WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE
- Historic mining equipment at the Heritage and Mines Centre
- Floating elegant seahorses
- Local vineyard food platters with a local red
WHAT TO DO WITH KIDS
- Seahorse aquarium is memorizing for all age groups
- Kids programmes at Heritage Centre where you get to operate equipment and find out what is like 1km below the earth
BEST TIME TO GO
- Year round with indoor mine centres and marine worlds offering shelter from the winter chill.
- 1,298 (2016)
- Sunday markets glorious fresh baked goods for the family to indulge in
WHAT MAKES THE PLACE TICK?
- Possibility of gold mining resuming adding luster to the town, tourism is increasingly important for the regional service centre
WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?
- The site of modern day Beaconsfield was originally known as Cabbage Tree Hill. Brandy Creek was popular in the 1870’s with the official name of Beaconsfield (1879) honouring Prime Minister of Great Britain, Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield.
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