Travellers Rest, Tasmania

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Travellers Rest
Population 244 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7250
Location 7.6 km (5 mi) from Launceston
LGA(s) Meander Valley Council
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s) Bass
Suburbs around Travellers Rest:
Blackstone Heights Prospect Vale
Travellers Rest Prospect Vale

Coordinates: 41°29′38″S 147°05′24″E / 41.494°S 147.090°E / -41.494; 147.090

Travellers Rest is a settled semi-rural area at the edge of Greater Launceston[2] and has a population of 244.

In the 19th century the area was largely uninhabited. At the junction where the road from Launceston branches — the branches lead now and led then to Longford and Hadspen — a hotel was built in 1833[3] by G & T Burnett. The hotel was initially called the Travellers Rest Hotel. It burned down in March 1930 due to a hotel employee's accident; he was filling a motorcycle with petrol while holding a lit storm lantern.[4] By 1941 only the front wall remained, a state that led to a call for its demolition.[5] The remaining ruins were finally removed in 1990 when the site was covered by construction of the Bass Highway.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Travellers Rest (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-01-12.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Greater Launceston Draft plan" (PDF). Launceston City Council. p. 20. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Dyer, p.7
  4. ^ "FIRE NEAR LAUNCESTON, Travellers' Rest Hotel, Occupants' narrow escape". The Mercury. Hobart. 28 May 1930. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Travellers' Rest walls cited". The Examiner. Launceston. 20 December 1941. p. 6. 
  6. ^ Dyer, p.10


  • Dyer, Alan F (1990). John Dyer, 1809–1882, and his descendants: free immigrant to Van Diemen's Land, Longford Farmer, Hadspen innkeeper, Kentish pioneer. Sheffield, Tasmania: Pioneer. ISBN 0646013939.