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Highfield Historic Site

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Address: 143 Green Hills Road, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia
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+61 3 6458 1100
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Highfield Historic Site is an 1830's farm complex built by convict labor....

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

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Spectacular site and buildings

We stopped by here just thinking we would have a quick look. We got sucked in by the history and the well laid out rooms. The staff were very helpful. The buildings are still in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Alexander298
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by here just thinking we would have a quick look. We got sucked in by the history and the well laid out rooms. The staff were very helpful. The buildings are still in various states of being restored. It is fabulous to be able to look through the rooms and touch ( not everything ) some of the... More 

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Thank Alexander298
Moutiers, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

gives you a flavour of what life was like for the early settlers. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great views

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are history buffs so this was awesome for us. The talent that it took during this time period to build this homestead is amazing.

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Thank Amber S
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great site, well invested in by the Parks Service. The family entry fee is very reasonable and there is information and activity for all ages from reading information boards to playing snakes and ladders (which could be the hardest version ever - we just couldn't get any of the kids to win! ) The outbuildings are fabulous also. Hats to... More 

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Thank Keirin J
Geelong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highfield is a work in progress with ongoing restoration to the old buildings.Do not let this deter you from visiting because it is very interesting and the staff are very helpful.A very good insight on times past.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth $12 and hour and 1/2 to learn about history of area and families who lived here...well done and interesting

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Thank Annette088
melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful old homestead with amazing background information about the area and first settlement in particular the farming, aboriginal history and the hardships of the convicts.

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Thank baliohyeh
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see for those visiting Stanley. Well presented and very interesting historic site with a very interesting history and beautiful furniture and the restoration work is well done along with the narrative as you walk through. The gardens and surrounds are spectacular.

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Thank Tim C
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Didn't know a thing about the Van Diemen's company until I went here. The house has been restored and refurnished but the most interesting things are the letters and the extracts from diaries that are scattered around. They have a panel telling you about the personalities involved and their thoughts on life at the time. Children went and played the... More 

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Thank rdf88
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

This beautiful site is an incredible way to spend an afternoon. Reasonably priced at $12 per adult, we were able to use the maps and signs to stroll through this incredible building. The way the park staff have rebuilt this house, creates a feeling of being right there in the era.

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