Ross

Travel Guide

See convict-built heritage buildings and a magnificent sandstone bridge in this beautifully preserved historic village in the heart of Tasmania.

Ross is an idyllic village with a rich colonial and convict heritage in Tasmania’s historic Midlands region. Step back in time to Tasmania’s colonial past as you explore the town’s collection of heritage buildings, many of which were built by convict work gangs and are open to the public. Stroll through the town centre to experience one of the finest preserved 19th-century villages in Australia, and imagine the colonial settlers attempting to recreate a typical English town in this rugged, faraway land.

Centrally located in the Midlands between Launceston and Hobart, Ross was an important trading town for the surrounding farms and a stopover for horse-drawn carriages travelling between the two major cities.

Begin your visit to Ross in the town centre, where 40 historic buildings can be found within a three-block radius. Many of the buildings are constructed from sandstone. You’ll find the convict women’s workhouse, known as the Female Factory, as well as the famous Ross Bridge.

The Ross Bridge was built by two convict stonemasons, who were freed upon completion of the structure in 1836. Among the 186 carvings within the bridge’s sandstone, you can find images of animals, birds, insects, plants and Celtic deities.

Continue your journey into the town’s past at the Tasmanian Wool Centre where you can learn about the region’s agricultural history and pick up a knitted souvenir.

The town’s main crossroads lie at the intersection of Bridge Street and Church Street. Nicknamed the “Four Corners of Ross”, each corner has a specific role. You’ll find Recreation (Town Hall), Salvation (the church), Damnation (the gaol) and Temptation (the local pub) at this compact crossroads.

Stop by the Ross Village Bakery and grab some freshly baked goods to take to the banks of the meandering Macquarie River. Enjoy a picnic while you take in views of the Ross Bridge. Drop a line and try your luck fishing for trout.

Ross is located in the heart of Tasmania, 78 kilometres (48.4 miles) south of Launceston and 117 kilometres (72.7 miles) north of Hobart. Buses to Ross depart daily from Launceston and Hobart. Include Ross in your journey along the Midlands’ Heritage Highway, a tourist route that passes by heritage villages such as Evandale, Campbell Town and Oatlands.

Ross Motel
Ross Motel
2.5 out of 5
2 High Street, Ross, TAS
The price is AU$150 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.
Situated on the riverwalk, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Ross Visitor Information Centre and Tasmanian Wool Centre. Ross Bridge and Ross Female Factory ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (279 reviews)
"sensible sized room, clean and convenient. Room heater on wall took a long time to warm up. Kitchen items Microwave, fridge & cutlery all ideal and clean."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Ross Motel
Ross Hotel
Ross Hotel
2 out of 5
35 Church Street, Ross, TAS
Situated in Ross, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Ross Female Factory.
3.8/5 Good! (197 reviews)
"The hotel does not do accomodation."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Ross Hotel
Hec’s Cottage - Peace on a Farm Stay
Hec’s Cottage - Peace on a Farm Stay
Mona vale road, Ross, TAS
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 6 miles (10 km) of Ross Bridge, Tasmanian Wool Centre and Ross Visitor Information Centre. Ross Female Factory ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Loved this Cottage!
"Beautiful setting, both beautiful and cosy inside and very relaxing"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Hec’s Cottage - Peace on a Farm Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Swansea Beach Chalets
Swansea Beach Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Shaw Street, Swansea, TAS
The price is AU$185 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Swansea apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bark Mill Museum and Jubilee Beach. East Coast Heritage Museum and Glamorgan ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (644 reviews)
"Nice place to stay shame we had bad weather so we couldn't enjoy the scenery but we did get to see free in room dvds. Staff were friendly and helpful. We recommend the pub where you turn to get to the chalets for meals they are reasonable price and huge."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Swansea Beach Chalets
Hec’s Cottage - Peace on a Farm Stay
Hec’s Cottage - Peace on a Farm Stay
Mona vale road, Ross, TAS
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 6 miles (10 km) of Ross Bridge, Tasmanian Wool Centre and Ross Visitor Information Centre. Ross Female Factory ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Loved this Cottage!
"Beautiful setting, both beautiful and cosy inside and very relaxing"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Hec’s Cottage - Peace on a Farm Stay
The Hideaway at Swansea - absolute beachfront
The Hideaway at Swansea - absolute beachfront
41 Shaw Street, Swansea, TAS
This family-friendly Swansea holiday home is located on the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Bark Mill Museum, Jubilee Beach and East Coast Heritage Museum. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
Great location.
"Great location, easy access to the beach, comfortable and relaxing."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

The Hideaway at Swansea - absolute beachfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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