Featured Stops |Elephant Pass | Fingal Valley | Clarendon House |
At Chain of Lagoons, watch for the turnoff inland (left) onto the A4 road that climbs over the Elephant Pass before running back to join the A4 Esk Highway at St. Marys. St. Marys is an old mining town, and evidence can still be seen of the coal mines.
Yes, it is well worth stopping at Mount Elephant Pancakes, on the left at the top of the Elephant Pass.
Follow the A4 Esk Highway through this very picturesque valley and into Fingal.
The origins of the name of the Fingal Valley lie in Ireland, and the Talbot Family, Barons of Malahyde, have owned Malahyde Estate in the valley since 1824.
The road follows the banks of the South Esk River (the one that joins the Tamar Estuary at Launceston) to rejoin the A1 Midland Highway at Conara Junction. Turn north (right) onto the A1.
After just a few minutes, watch for the turnoff to the right (east) that takes you on the backroad to Nile, Clarendon House and Evandale.
Turn off onto the C416 and wind through open farmland and light forest before crossing the South Esk River, zig-zagging a bit and then turning hard left to run northwards towards Nile and Evandale.
Just past Nile, watch for the turnoff to the left onto Clarendon Road and follow it to Clarendon House.
This beautifully restored, colonial mansion is reminiscent of the country gentry lifestyle of the mid-1800’s. Set in 7 hectares and on the banks of the South Esk River, Clarendon House was established by one James Cox.
The house is a part of the National Trust and has parks and outbuildings to be explored.
Launceston during the 1800’s quickly became the centre of a fertile, productive farming area spreading south as far as Ross, west as far as Deloraine and backing up against the rugged Western Tiers of the Tasmanian Central Plateau.
This is an area of rich farmland with a backdrop of pure wilderness. Migrants from England, hoping to find a better life in Tasmania, did so with gusto, creating some of the finest homes and estates in Australia. Clarendon House is one of these.