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Buckland

Settled in 1820 and originally known as Prosser Plains, Buckland is best known for the historic Church of St John the Baptist. Convict built in 1846, the church was constructed as a replica of the church at Cookham Dean in Sussex and is famous for its 14th Century stained glass window. This stunning window is thought to have been originally designed for the Battle Abbey in England and was brought to Buckland by the Reverend F. H. Cox, Rector of the church from 1846-48.

Make sure you pay a visit to the Tasmanian Bushland Garden and take a stroll among the displays of endemic and rare Tasmanian east coast plants. The Garden also has picnic facilities, a landscaped quarry and waterfall. Next door, at the Pulchella Nursery, you can browse the selection of native Tasmanian plants for sale.

Boomer Common

This is the local park and picnic spot sitting at the bottom of Boomer Hill next to the Buckland Cricket Ground. Until a few years ago sheep grazed freely on the parkland but the need for a “common” became apparent for locals and visitors alike to exercise the dog, eat some lunch, take a toilet break and let the kids burn off some energy. Entered via a dry stone wall built of local sandstone there is a sheltered barbecue in the centre of a large, grassy area with a picnic table, play equipment and a kid’s bike trail. The park is a well known spot for regular travellers along the east coast to take a break and enjoy the renowned cleanliness of the public amenities.

  • Burnett St, Buckland
  • P: 03 6256 4777

Brockley Estate

Brockley is a stunning 1841 colonial homestead offering accommodation in total seclusion – it’s on 10,000 private acres. We serve gourmet Spanish food in the evenings and you can enjoy local wines and beers from our cellar.

160 Brockley Road, Buckland 7190
03 6251 3123   M 0420 357 951   F 03 6165 1146 Tariff from: $165 – $249
[email protected]   W www.brockleyestate.com.au

St John Baptist Church

Discover the mystery and intrigue behind what could be mistaken as just another beautiful Tasmanian gothic church. Built in the years 1846-1849, it is the spectacular ‘East Window’ of the church that is most interesting. Claimed to have been originally designed for Battle Abbey in England in the 14th Century, it was secretly shipped out of the old country by the first chaplain, Rev F.H. Cox for his new church in Buckland.  The story has it that Rev. Cox acquired the very valuable window under dubious circumstances. Whatever the story, it is remarkable to see a 14th Century stained glass window in a colonial Australian church. At dusk enjoy a view of the church under floodlights as you drive into the village. The church door is always open so visitors can experience the divine gothic interior anytime. Just turn the large forged handle and step inside.

Don’t forget to take a wander around the back of the church to discover the historic sandstone graves featuring the names of the original farming families of Buckland. You will discover that many descendants of these families still live and work in the area today.

The church has also become a great venue for theatre and concerts throughout the year, including the annual east coast Festival of Voices Unplugged.

  • Tasman Highway, Buckland
  • P 03 6257 3321
  • E [email protected]
  • Website

Tasmanian Bushland Garden

Entered through superbly crafted metal gates, which are a work of art in themselves, this special garden displays plants from the east coast, grouped according to their habitats. At their best in spring, there will always be something flowering though. A brilliant re-use of an old quarry site, there’s a sheltered picnic area, toilets, frog ponds, modern bird sculptures, a peaceful memorial garden and even a waterfall which starts to flow when you cross a beam of light. The garden is an ideal spot to stop for a cuppa or for lunch and somewhere for children to let off steam after being cooped up in a car for a while. Dogs on leads are welcome in the developed area, but not on the bushland walking tracks through the second gate because of the wildlife whose home this area is. The gardens are open daily from dawn till dusk. Entry is free.

Tasman Highway, Buckland
03 6239 1688
[email protected]

The Buckland inn

Built around 1841 and licensed to James Rawlings, the Buckland Inn still operates as the local pub today and is an important social hub. Built from local handcut sandstone, the inn has been faithfully serving travellers on the East Coast since this time. This is a typical local Tasmanian pub where it is all about the beer. Step inside and you are stepping back in time to 1970s country Tasmania where you will encounter some of the local characters who are more than happy to share stories of Buckland and its past around a roaring wood fire.

The Buckland Inn was the first overnight stop for the original horse drawn coach service from Hobart up the east coast during the 1800s.   The cellar at the pub still houses the makeshift cell used to accommodate the convicts overnight being transported to the many convict probation stations along the coast. Today the pub offers free camping for fully self-contained campervans in the paddock out the back but does not serve meals. The Buckland Inn is the perfect spot to take a break, enjoy a cold ale and get a sense of rural life in Tasmania as it has been for decades.

  •  Kent St, Buckland
  • P: 03 6257 5114

the farm pod at twamley farm

The Farm Pod is located in the grounds of Twamley Farm homestead with its own private garden and outdoor area featuring one of our trademark fire pots. It is a contemporary cabin with a hint of 1960s flare.  Situated with views to the surrounding bush hills and right next to the barnyard  – home to our flock of pet lambs. Fully self-contained with one double bedroom, the Farm Pod is ideal for couples and solo adventurers.

The Stable at Twamley Farm

A unique 1840s converted stable located in the grounds of Twamley Farm homestead.  The Stable is a beautifully renovated two storey sandstone building overlooking the hills of Twamley Farm and nestled under English oaks. Perfect as a romantic country getaway, just a one hour drive from Hobart.

The Storekeepers Boutique Accommodation

A beautifully appointed 1840s sandstone cottage with a contemporary edge.This unique weekend hideaway is just 10 minutes drive from the pristine white beaches of Orford and departure to the magical Maria Island National Park. Located in the small historic farming village of Buckland just one hour from Hobart, The Storekeeper’s has been designed with indulgence and relaxation in mind.

Twamley Farm

A 7000 acre working farm situated on the Tea Tree Rivulet just north east of Buckland. Twamley Farm was granted to a free settler in 1829 and is one of several historic grazing properties situated around Buckland and the Prosser Plains area.

There is no formal tour but visitors are welcome to come and wander around the historic buildings, take a walk in the bush, ride a mountain bike, meet some of our animals or get involved in whatever farm activity may be happening on the day. The farm will also be offering boutique accommodation in a converted two storey sandstone stable built in 1847.

Twamley Farm runs mainly sheep and cattle, as well as a small cool climate vineyard. The original sandstone homestead built in 1842 sits at the top of the valley and is a former home to famous 19th century Tasmanian artist and writer Louisa Anne Meredith.

The Turvey family has been running Twamley since 1874 and would be delighted to have you visit. It is essential to call prior to visiting just to let the family know you would like to drop by and someone can be there to give you an introduction to the farm. The family simply asks for a small donation of $5 to go towards the preservation and restoration of the historic buildings.

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