(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden. This song of country singer Lynn Anderson comes to mind when visiting the World Heritage Site at Woolmers Estate near Longford. Longford is a town in the north of Tasmania. Longford lies 175m above sea level at the convergence of the Macquarie River and the South Esk River, 21kms south of Launceston. Whenever you are in the area, be sure to visit Woolmers Estate to experience an interesting bit of history and a look into the Archer family. The National Rose Garden is a must see and well worth your time when you visit this beautiful part of Tassie.
Woolmers Estate Longford Tasmania
by Anelda Lötter
Woolmers Estate is a unique and fascinating reflection of colonial life in Tasmania and is one of the most historically significant heritage properties in Australia. Time stands still at Woolmers Estate, as you wander around and soak up the essence of 19th century Tasmanian life on a once-working farm estate.
“Here we have everything to create according to your own taste, situations as beautiful as can be wished for.” These were the words of William Archer Senior to a friend in England in 1828. Today this is still true as this World Heritage Site is truly beautiful and serene.
National Rose Garden: Woolmers Estate
This outstanding Rose Garden at Woolmers displays all of the recognised rose families and represents one of the finest collections of historic roses in the southern hemisphere, ranging from the earliest European and China roses through to the roses of the twenty first century.
The plan of the National Rose Garden is formal and symmetrical and acknowledges the 19th Century context in which it sits. They planted some of the rose beds in such a way that the visitor can enjoy an educational experience, with each variety identified by a nameplate.
The central garden, 117 metres long and 35 metres wide is planted with sculptured beds and grassed pathways. This garden, known as the George Adams Memorial Garden is named after the founder of Tattersall’s, a major sponsor of the Estate.
Outbuildings: Woolmers Estate
Four precincts have been identified within the study area…
- the House Precinct containing a set of pre-1850s estate buildings, including the main house in its garden setting
- the Coach House Precinct, containing a group of colonial buildings, including the Coach House, Coachman’s Cottage, and a number of timber sheds of more recent date
- the Outbuildings Precinct, containing several colonial buildings including the Woolshed, Store, and several Workers’ Cottages
- the Cottage Precinct, which contains Woolmers Cottage
Woolmers Estate Open 7 Days a Week
At the time of writing, the site is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday apart from the self-contained accommodation which is available all year). Guided homestead tours are available at 11.15am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm. From October until end of April 2013, 10.00am and 3.30pm tours are available daily for visitors. Tours of the homestead and outbuildings are priced at $20 adult, $7 child, $45 family.
Self-guided tours are also available and include entry into the National Rose Garden at a cost of $14 adult and $32.00 family; concessions are also available.
Woolmers Estate is located just outside Longford. Travelling Times:
- 5 minutes from Longford
- 25 minutes from Launceston
- 10 minutes from the Launceston Airport
- 2 hours from Hobart
- 1 hour from Devonport and Spirit of Tasmania Terminal
Be sure to visit the historic Woolmers Estate to see what the long line of Archers left behind for us to enjoy and cherish.
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