Tour of Tasmania: Ross
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Ross (pop ~300) is a historic town off the Midlands Highway between Hobart and Launceston.

The major single attraction of Ross is the Ross Bridge, one of the oldest and most beautiful in Australia. The bridge was built by convicts in 1836, and has 186 fine carvings which were deemed to be so good they won the convict stonemason, Daniel Herbert, a free pardon from his sentence.

Like other midlands areas, the Ross area is famous for its merino superfine wool. The Tasmanian Wool Centre has various wool products for sale and a small museum. The Village Toymaker is another craft shop in Ross; toys, and particularly wooden rocking horses, are hand made and have been featured on television.

Superb brown trout fly-fishing close to Ross is at the Macquarie River; Lake Sorell, Lake Crescent, Lake Tooms and Lake Leake are also known for their fishing and are in the Ross area.

The Female Factory, a prison for female convicts, was located in Ross and operated from 1847 until 1853. The National Parks and Wildlife Service manage the site, and have restored the Commandant's cottage. Inside the cottage, visitors can learn about life in the Female Factory and see a detailed model.

Ross has one 4-star and three 3½-star accommodations (RACT rated).

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