Oatlands is the place we chose to catch up with our mates at Not Grey Nomads. Another travelling couple in there 40’s, who like us, travel full time around Australia. We were heading back to the mainland in a couple days and had only spent a few hours with them in Tasmania. It was so great to actually spend some quality time with them. Oatlands is 84Km north of Hobart.
You have a choice between two areas to camp. The first one is by lake Dulverton, it had very little water at this time. This is a small area that can fit around eight or so vans depending on size. In this area is a water tap, fire pit, picnic bench and some cool Topiary. A donation box is also here. A BBQ area and toilets are a minute or two walk away.
second area is the largest and will fit any size van. This is a large
grassed area surrounded by old brick walls. This used to be the old
sheep stock yards and still has some of the old fencing and history.
Toilets are also a two minute walk away showers are a couple of
minutes in the other direction at the back of the radio station.
the other side of the wall from the camp is a playground, part of
which has carved out wooden animals on an old tree. A big undercover
BBQ area with a tap and more history from the stock yard days is also
in this area. The windmill is also a lovely feature to look at from
is a pretty town with so many old sandstone buildings. A short stroll
from the camp and you will find the stocks outside the court house?
And there is the old jail, both of which have a key symbol on the
door but we were not sure where you get them from? The jail has all
the information on hangings and it’s odd to see the layout of the
old jail, the woman’s part is now the local swimming pool. They would
never imagined what would be there now.
In To Town
A two minute walk and you are in Oatlands main street. They seem to close on Monday and Tuesday’s as with a lot of small towns who’s busy days are on the weekend. You will find cafe’s, bakery, IGA and antique shops.
We headed to the RSL on two nights with Frannie and Crispy fromNot Grey Nomads for dinner. This is the friendliest town we have visited while in Tasmania. From the lady in the chicken shop to all the staff at the RSL and the local who messaged us after seeing our sign on the ute. He messaged to see if we were liking our stay. Even the guy servicing the local dump point was helpful and friendly.
Oatlands is a central location so you can drive to Hobart in 1 hour, Launceston is 1 hour 20 minutes and if you don’t mind a bit of a road trip from this great location both “The Wall” at Derwent Bridge and Wineglass Bay are both 2 hours away.
definitely recommend this camp and this town. Base yourself here so
you can see the town and the surrounding areas.