Oatlands adventures

Last weekend started with a lovely, rainy, Tasmanian summer’s day – perfect weather for exploring. So we pulled out our map, picked a destination, worked out our route, and set off off adventuring.

In the spirit of stopping in rather than passing by, our first stop was based on a sign we spotted for a museum at the Mount Pleasant Observatory, near Cambridge. Sadly the museum is only open by appointment, which we didn’t have, but we were able to peer at the two huge telescopes on site.

After a quick stop at the Wicked Cheese company, where we opted for chocolate over cheese (it was Valentines Day after all…), we headed through the hills and fog-filled valleys of the Southern Midlands, before arriving at our destination for the day, Oatlands.

We started our visit with a very damp exploration of the Callington Mill. Last time we were here this Lancashire tower mill was a beautiful, but inactive relic of Oatlands past. Happily it was restored to working order in 2010, and it’s now the only mill of this type operating in the Southern Hemisphere. It produces artisan flours from locally grown wheat, spelt and rye, which you can buy from the mill, online, or at several fabulous grocers around Tasmania. We then dodged the showers to peer at a wonderful rooftop sculpture of nesting storks, peek through gates at fabulous front doors, and over fences at lovely gardens before heading home.

It was a fun day, and I’m sure we’ll be tempted to return on a day when we can slowly wander the streets with cameras in hand, rather than dashing around in between downpours.

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Another Tasmanian weekend adventure. Map? Check. Boutique chocolate? Check. Rain? Check

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Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory, Tasmania.

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Foggy fields of the Southern Midlands, Tasmania.

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Callington Mill, Oatlands, Tasmania

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Callington Mill, Oatlands, Tasmania

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Callington Mill, Oatlands, Tasmania

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Callington Mill, Oatlands, Tasmania

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Streets, signs, a peek inside the Callington Mill, and a rooftop stork in Oatlands, Tasmania.

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Peering through gates in Oatlands, Tasmania

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Peering over fences in Oatlands, Tasmania