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“A historic site not to be missed”

Highfield Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Stanley
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Highfield Historic Site is an 1830's farm complex built by convict labor. The Van Diemen's Land Company chose to settle in the area to establish a large scale sheep grazing property. The site is open to the public and interprets the conflicts that arose with the Company's men and the Aboriginal people. The house and outbuildings are being restored by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service as the property had fallen into disrepair. The site is open daily from 1 September - 31 May, open weekdays from 1 June - 31 August
Hobart, Australia
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384 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“A historic site not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

This is a great place to visit but give yourself plenty of time as there is lots to see in the house and farm buildings. The signage throughout was excellent and the major display panels give an excellent idea of life as it was in early colonial Tasmania.

Highfield House was the headquarters of the Van Diemen's Land Company and we particularly liked the stories of the people associated with the Company and the early development of the area. It provided a good basis to view the rest of the house and outbuildings.

The furnishings in the house were of excellent quality and very appropriate to the site.

The views from the garden over the Nut are quite something. This is an historic site not to be missed. There is plenty of parking and the gardens are beautifully looked after.

Visited April 2012
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Geelong, Australia
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

High on a hill overlooking Stanley. Old restored homestead with some great facts about earlier settlement of Australia and the appauling abuse of the aboriginal community.

Visited May 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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128 reviews
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“Historic Location, beautiful grounds and views to Stanley !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

Just completed the Self Guided Tour of the house, out buildings and grounds. parts of the house have been 'laid bare' to show the various wall papers etc., used over the years, as well as areas opened up to show the cobble stones in the cellar, other rooms have been furnished in the period, many wall plaques throughout the house show various members of the household over the years. Most enjoyable visit, very helpful guide and a very modest entry fee of $10 per adult. Extremely well prepared and maintained through Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

Well worth the trip to Stanley to see this property. Reasonably priced souvenirs and very clean toilets.

Visited May 2012
Thank AussieInAsia
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“Premier historic site in Stanley Tasmania”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

Beautiful location and a grand well presented historic estate.
Great venue for weddings and celebrations. Learn from the brilliant interpretation and the input from the staff about the beginnings of this much loved area.

Visited April 2012
Thank HanlonHouse
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Launceston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The Manor on the hill”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Great to see such a part of history continually being restored.Staff were very friendly. Worth a look

Visited March 2012
Thank Dharris15
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