A Cheapskate's Guide to
Exploring Tasmania By Car

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Evandale - Tasmania


Evandale is a small, National Trust classified, Georgian village, sitting on the banks
of the South Esk River, around 18 km south of Launceston and 182 km north of Hobart.


List of Contents

A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

Front Page

Includes list of contents, Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series and a free, downloadable map of Tasmania

The Towns and Regions

Looks at the towns, camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real e

Download Free Map

This (external) link will give you access to free maps of Tasmania, Hobart City Centre, Launceston City Centre, Burnie and Devonport to print or store on your device.

Fun Pages
For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Free and Cheap
Camping

you can choose from camp-grounds provided by councils, commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites.

Dump Points ~ Van Repairs ~ Public Toilets

An easy access guide to Dump-Points, Van Repairs and Public Toilets.

Environment and Produce

Loads of links to Tasmanian food, beer and wine trails for you to follow and enjoy.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fosicking for such things as gold, sapphires, topaz, jasper, turquoise, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 70 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.

 

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Evandale

Visiting Evandale

I can't help but smile whenever I am in this beautiful village because I need do nothing more than to walk/drive around taking in the architecture and the atmosphere to feel fully satisfied.

Now, that is not very expensive, is it?

Heritage Walk booklet

To add some depth and colour to your visit, you can pick up a Heritage Walk booklet (available from the Evandale Tourist Information Centre for $3 - at the time of writing) and spend half a day walking around this magnificent heritage listed village, or visit on a Sunday and include a couple of hours at the large weekly markets.

Just a cursory glance would suggest that the crowds the markets draw are greater in number than the actual population of the village.


A corner of Evandale Markets

The Evandale Heritage Walk booklet features 48 properties, along with the history of each and is well worth obtaining.

Throw in a meal or two at any of the local eateries, or a picnic lunch in one of the pleasant parks and you have a fulfilling day done.

Tourist Information Centre
18 High Street, Evandale 7212 - Ph: 61 3 6391 8128

Out and about in Evandale
This (external) link will take you to accommodation, attractions, dining, events, shopping and tours in Evandale

RV Effluent Dump Point
Morven Park, Barclay St, Evandale
Located behind main building at rear of sports oval. Difficult access for big rigs

Emergencies
Police, ambulance and fire dial 000

Toilet Facilities
Russell Street, Evandale - Open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Doctor/Medical Centre
Norfolk Plains Medical Pty Ltd, 73 Main Rd, Perth - ph. (03) 6398 2295

Police Station
3-5 Scone Street, Evandale - non-emergency ph. 131444

Real Estate For Sale
This (external) link will give you updated details of property for sale in and around Evandale.

Evandale Weather
The seven day weather forecast (external) link includes rain, sun, wind, moon and UV as well as radar, satellite and synoptic charts.

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Free overnight camping at Evandale
Falls Park at Evandale.
Caravans and Motor homes may stay free overnight, but must vacate every Saturday to allow set up for the Sunday Market.
Black and grey water to be contained.


A Little History

The Evandale area was first used [by Europeans] by shepherds seeking new pastures for their flocks in the early 1800s. It is now a small, National Trust classified, Georgian village, sitting on the banks of the South Esk River, around 18 km south of Launceston and 182 km north of Hobart.

The town has a population of around 1,100 (2011 census)


Time Traveler Statue

Along with its history and preserved architectural beauty, Evandale is also known for its long running Sunday market and as host to the annual World Penny Farthing bicycle Championships - held annually in February.

There is a primary school, churches, parks, pubs, shops and a fire station, cafes and antique shops - nearby locations include Nile, Deddington and Perth.

Evandale has been a centre of agriculture and pastoral activity since 1820, when grazing licences and location orders were replaced by firmer land titles.

The area consists of the central plain of the South Esk Valley and tributaries, skirted by the foothills and mountains of Ben Lomond Range.

These uplands have yielded considerable timber resources and the municipality is noted for the production of wool, fat lambs, sheep, cattle, dairy products, peas, barley, wheat and oats.

Evandale named

Evandale was named Honeysuckle Banks by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who camped on the river-bank below its current site when passing through the region in 1811.

It was also known as Morven before being named Evansdale (1829) and finally Evandale in 1836 after the surveyor and painter George William Evans, who spent much of his later life in Van Diemen's Land.

Many continued to call it Morven beyond mid-century, including in official contexts.

Evandale Post Office opened on 1 June, 1835.

Evandale's People

John Batman, the founder of Melbourne, and landscape painter John Glover lived near the town with Glover memorialised in an annual art prize and a statue at Falls Park, while John Kelly, father of the bushranger Ned Kelly, once worked in the township as a convict.

A Scottish mariner, Captain Andrew Barclay, was granted 500 acres (202 ha) of land on the South Esk River in 1816, and another 300 acres (121 ha) the next year where he built 'Trafalgar' - the earliest surviving building in Evandale and one of the oldest farmhouses in Australia.

Barclay continued acquiring land in the surrounding district and by 1828 was considered the largest owner of good land on the island.

A description of Evandale c 1852
drawn from The History of Tasmania - Volume II (of 2) by John West.

Evandale [is] a town in the parish of that name and county of Cornwall, 115 miles (185 km) from Hobart and 11 (18 km) from Launceston.

It is prettily situated on the eastern side of the South Esk, and contains several substantial brick buildings, three large inns, and a steam flour mill.

It has a resident magistrate and a post station.

There are two well-built, neat, and commodious churches (episcopalian and presbyterian), a Wesleyan chapel, and a good subscription library.

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Sightseeing

  • The Water Tower
    As you approach Evandale you will see the old brick water tower, to your left (I had always thought it was a shot tower)
    The Water Tower was part of the Evandale Water Supply Scheme designed by Robert Gould.
    The 12 metre high tower opened in 1896 and operated until 1968 and has the appearance of a fortified medieval tower with a parapet and battlements, as well as false windows.

  • Blenheim Inn
    16 High St., Evandale
    Blenheim, a Coaching Inn built in 1826, was erected by John Williat, who called it the Patriot King William IV.
    It is one of the finest examples of a Georgian Inn complex within Australia and is now a B&B.
    This delightful two-storey red brick building has a slate hipped roof and projecting eaves.
    The five-bay front facade has a corniced portico with stone entablature supported on four Tuscan columns.
    An assembly room upstairs was used for concerts, dancing, and a meeting room for the Masonic Lodge and other groups.
    Outbuildings included a brew house, stables, blacksmiths shop, cottage and loose boxes.
    Sheep and cattle sales were held in nearby yards.

  • The Prince of Wales Hotel
    2 Nile Road, Evandale
    The Prince of Wales Hotel was built by William Sidebottom around 1836 and was subsequently kept by Thomas Hannay in 1850, who also ran coaches to Nile and Launceston.

  • The Post Office
    Corner of High and Russell streets, Evandale.
    The red brick post office was built in circa 1888 and also dispatched mail to Nile and Deddington.

  • Dr. Kidd's home
    High Street, Evandale (Just past the water tower)
    Dr. Kidd developed a famous Influenza Elixir that achieved fame within Tasmania and at least one that achieved a wider reputation.
    This was 'Vitadatio', a herbal tonic wine, sold in champagne bottles, prepared by W. Webber of Launceston from 1887 and was still being advertised and exported throughout the British Empire at least until the 1930s.

  • The Laurels, Evandale
    15 High Street Evandale.
    Built by John Williat in about 1840, the Laurels retains all the original Georgian features (cedar joinery, 4 panel doors, high ceilings) and a magnificent formal entry with cured cedar staircase and prominent fan light front door.
    The property was last sold in 2011 and is a private residence.

  • Evandale Sunday Markets
    Falls Park, on Logan Road
    Evandale hosts a regular country market every Sunday, from around 8:00am until around 1:30pm.
    Stalls are spread out over the grounds, between trees and roughly in rows.
    Children can enjoy the pony rides while their adults enjoy browsing the craft, antiques, collectibles, photographs, local produce, or just sipping a Sunday morning coffee.

  • Evandale Light Railway and Steam Society
    Located behind the Morven Park Football Pavilion, the Evandale Light Railway and Steam Society is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.

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Cemeteries

Evandale Cemetery
12-24 Murray St., Evandale

Saint Andrew (Anglican) Church/Graveyard
The cemetery, at 6-8 Murray St., contains the graves of people associated with the local community and the colonies.

They include the vault of James Cox, historically interesting to this district and NSW; the tomb of David Collins, first settler at Evandale and also Apt Barclay's smaller vault.


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