Branxholm is a typical north-east Tasmania timber town nestled into
the rolling hills. It is notable for its saw mills and its hop fields.
It has a sprawling street pattern which makes the small town spread
across the valley floor.
Where Is it?
Branxholm is 93 km north east of Launceston on the Tasman Highway.
Close to the town is Mount Horror, known for excellent scenic views
it is surrounded by extensive pine and gum plantations. The Forestry
Commission’s fire tower is open to the public when attended in
the summer. Of historical interest is the disused Mt Paris Dam,
located on C425 road and the Imperial Hotel. Branxholm offers the
visitor good fishing in the Ringarooma River.
On the other side of the South Esk to the town is the historic
property Entally House, the family home of Thomas Reibey, who built it
in 1819 on 300 acres of land granted to his mother, Mary.
She had been transported to Sydney at the age of 13 and became a
rich businesswoman. Mary was one of the founders of Westpac Bank (then
called the Bank of New South Wales), the first bank in
Australia. Today, Mary is most recognisable as the face of the
Australian 20 dollar note.
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The small town of Legerwood near Ringarooma is worth a visit to see
the town’s war memorial – a series of chainsaw scuptures
honouring the soldiers who fell in the Great War (1914-18).