Westbury and the surrounding region
Westbury is located in the Meander Valley 30 minutes drive west of Launceston, 40 minutes drive south from Devonport and a kilometre off the Bass Highway.
It is a village with a population of 1500 and is renowned for its English Country character, unique village green and hawthorn hedgerows. It was first conceived in 1828 and was laid out by Lt Governor Arthur who believed Westbury would develop into the main gateway to Tasmania’s North West. Initially occupied with soldiers and convicts, Westbury grew unhurriedly around the shady, peaceful Village Green with it’s plentiful oaks and elms, stone churches and elegant residences. Westbury flourished during the glorious coaching era but never reached its planned potential.
Many of the early colonial houses, stately inns and churches are still immaculately conserved today. Westbury has a range of restaurants and take away food outlets as well as a small but well stocked supermarket which is open 7 days, a butcher, baker and a few other retail outlets and gift shops. The brochure “Find yourself in Westbury” provides a good self guided historic walk providing information on significant buildings.
The town features a number of attractions including:
- The Village Green – as close to old England as you can get. The green is overlooked by the archetype of an Anglican church, there are oaks and elms and once a year a maypole is erected.
- The Town Common formerly used by locals for grazing and also at one time contained a brickworks, now a community park area with walking tracks and a picnic area.
- Westbury Maze and tea rooms – featuring traditional box hedges
- Westbury Community Quilt – Council Building
- Westbury Historical Society Rooms – check at neighbouring Council Building for opening times
- John temple Gallery – leading Tasmanian Landscape photographer
- Pearn’s Steamworld – two huge sheds housing the world’s largest collection of antique steam engines
- Vintage Tractor Shed Museum – a private collection of 80 vintage and classic tractors and over 300 model versions
The eating facilities in Westbury include
- Hobnobs Restaurant–William St.
- Fitzpatrick’s Inn–Meander Valley Rd
- Westbury Hotel – Meander Valley Rd
- Andy’s Bakery and takeaway- Meander Valley Rd
- Westbury Pizza and Takeaway - Meander Valley Rd
- Dunkie’s News & Food - Meander Valley Rd
- RSL Club – Lyle St
- Westbury Maze Tearoom - Meander Valley Rd
- Lisa’s Boutique & Coffee Shop – William St