Perth has over 40 historic buildings, many dating back to the early 1800s, and lovely views to the Great Western Tiers mountain range – and it’s just an 8-min drive (8 km) from Launceston airport.
Of note is the Baptist Tabernacle in Clarence St, with its octagonal shape, domed iron roof and large panelled doors. At the southern end of town on the Midland Highway is Eskleigh, a particularly grand and attractive two-storey residence dating from 1870 with a three level tower, two-storey bay windows and a number of outbuildings. The building is a fine example of a Victorian classical mansion.
The Leather Bottle Inn is the oldest building in the town. Built in 1830, this simple building looks much like a child’s drawing. Some of the walls are over 60 cm thick and there are still handmade nails in the original cedar.
The best way to learn about the town’s history is to take a self-guided walking tour with a National Trust brochure, available at the Post Office.
You can also visit the Tasmanian Honey Company and sample unique leatherwood honey or see the wooden carved sculptures at the Lions Train Park.
Perth was settled in 1821 and named after Perth in Scotland.
Perth is a 15-min drive (19 km) from central Launceston.
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