The historic town of Ross has an advantage over some of the more popular colonial towns in the area. You see, the Midland Highway, which is the main route between Hobart and Launceston, bypasses Ross, leaving it as a quiet and sleepy backwater.
Here it is possible to imagine yourself back in colonial days, as you admire the beautiful sandstone buildings. It has resisited the onslaught of twee commercialism which is the downfall of so many of these little towns, and remains true to its original self.
Take a walk down the wide, tree-lined main street with its cottages, pubs, churches and public buildings. Ross Bridge, which spans the Macquarie River, is Australia's third oldest. It was convict-built in 1836 and is decorated with extraordinary carvings which won their creator, Daniel Herbert, his freedom.
The Uniting Church at the top of the hill has stained glass windows and a wonderful aspect over the river. The Overseer's Cottage at the Female Factory site is open daily and recounts the lives of convict women.
The Tasmanian Wool Centre includes a museum relating to Ross and the surrounding area, an exhibition of the wool industry in Australia and a chance to buy high-quality woollen garments and other items.