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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

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Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

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The Steppes

Introduction

Steppes Homestead

The Steppes homestead as it appears today

The Steppes Historic Site is located on the Lake Highway (A5) in the Central Highland’s of Tasmania about 35 km northwest of Bothwell. This State reserve, of 48 ha, not only protects the site’s historic buildings but also helps ensure that stories about a way of life, now largely gone, are carried into the future.

Since 1863 the Steppes was intertwined with the growth of sheep-grazing in the central highlands and remained the home of the Wilson family for over a hundred years. Stock was driven up to the highlands to rest the lowland paddocks during the summer months. A series of accommodation paddocks were provided en route where the sheep were held overnight. Some of these paddocks are still used today when sheep are driven from farms in the vicinity of Ouse and Bothwell to highland locations like the Liawenee moors for the summer.

Visitors can access the reserve at any time, though the interior of the homestead and some of the outbuildings are locked and can only be viewed on open days, but note that these occur only infrequently.