Tour of Tasmania: Evandale
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Evandale (pop ~700) is a historic village 19 km from Launceston. Evandale is one of the best-preserved towns in Australia, with distinctly Victorian-era streetscapes. Some buildings date from 1809, and many have architectural or historical value.

The jewel in the crown of Evandale is Clarendon House, 8 km further from Launceston. It is recognised as one of Australia's great Georgian houses, has extensive formal gardens and is owned by the National Trust. James Cox, a wealthy woolgrower and merchant, had the house built in 1838.

A self-guided walking tour is available, and covers many of Evandale's other landmarks, including Solomon House, St. Andrew's Anglican and Uniting churches, and Blenheim, which now houses a stained glass craft shop. Events in Evandale include a Sunday market, and the national penny farthing championships each February, which receive international media attention and at which period costume is the norm. Penny farthings and other old bikes can be hired.

Other attractions include a miniature steam railway. A model railway exhibition is held in Evandale each November. Launceston airport is located close to Evandale, and scenic flights over the area are available. Evandale was originally named Morven, but the name was changed in 1836 to honour Tasmania's first Surveyor-General, G.W. Evans.

The best accommodations in Evandale are bed & breakfasts. In total, there are three 4-star and three 3½-star facilities (RACT rated).

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