Attractions in and around Oatlands
Oatlands’ attractions include Lake Dulverton, the Callington Mill and St Paul’s Catholic church.
Lake Dulverton is a shallow, ephemeral lake bordered by residential areas, a golf course and farmland. The lake is a bird sanctuary and has been stocked with trout. When full, the lake covers an area of around 230 hectares. The lake is divided into three sections by dam walls and one section is kept artificially full in times of drought. A popular bird watching spot, the flora and fauna of the lake varies depending on season and water level. For fishing enthusiasts, Lake Dulverton is regularly restocked – a fishing licence can be bought in Oatlands. There are barbecue facilities and shelters nearby, an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic and a walking track around the western side of the lake.
You can see some of the birds that visit Lake Dulverton here.
There are a lot of historical buildings in Oatlands, but the most outstanding is the Callington Mill. Built in 1837, it was a working mill until 1892 before being abandoned. In 1909 a storm blew the sails away and in 1912 it was gutted by fire. The mill was recently restored to its former glory and is once again a fully operational wind driven flour mill. You can watch flour being milled and purchase flour and bread at the Companion Bakery where bread is made to an age old process. Historical information and guided tours of the mill and entire town are available at the Heritage Highway Tourism Centre located next to the Callington Mill.
St Paul’s Church
St Paul’s Church is a small stone Catholic church in Oatlands. The church was designed by the English architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin in 1843 and constructed in 1850-1. Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) is best known for his work on the Houses of Parliament in London, and the interior of the Palace of Westminster. St Paul’s is in the Gothic Revival style and features lancet windows with tracery, a pointed arch entrance, buttresses, a porch, and a bellcote. It represents Pugin’s idea of a medieval village church. There are three Pugin village churches in Tasmania – St John the Evangelist’s, Richmond, St Patrick’s, Colebrook, and St Paul’s, Oatlands. Nowhere else in the world can three small Pugin village churches be found in such close geographical proximity.