Australia’s grandest rural colonial estate

Set in 7 hectares of parklands on the banks of the South Esk River, this magnificent three-storey Georgian house has servants’ quarters, a heritage walled garden, several farm buildings and a rare avenue of elms.

It was built in 1838 as an extraordinary statement of achievement for wealthy wool grower and merchant, James Cox, who was born in Wiltshire, England.

Although Clarendon was built with convict labour, Mr Cox was known to treat his convicts well and he later played a major role in the abolition of transportation and convict labour.

Entry to Clarendon Estate includes the gardens; Clarendon Fashion Collection with precious gowns from the 1830’s to 1960’s; and the Norfolk Plains Heritage Centre, offering photo collections together with family history records and advice.

The Australian Fly Fishing Museum is also located in the grounds of Clarendon, with a vast collection of fly fishing paraphernalia the museum is well worth a visit. (The Australian Fly Fishing Museum is not regularly open at present but to arrange a special visit please call Clarendon on (03) 6398 6220).

Clarendon is the perfect location for weddings, corporate functions and specialty events.  Please contact us for further information.


Terms and Conditions of Entry

When visiting a National Trust Tasmania property, from 15 December 2021, please read and follow the Terms & Conditions of Entry.

The major points being:

  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Have proof of your COVID 19 vaccination
  • Wear a face mask indoors
  • Practice social distancing
  • Use safe hygiene practices
  • Don’t visit if you are feeling unwell
  • Prebook your visit wherever possible

We thank you for helping to keep properties open and the community safe.

Plan your Visit



234 Clarendon Station Road
Nile, via Evandale 7212 TAS


Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 4pm. Bookings are preferred (see link below)


Clarendon Estate is closed July, August, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday, Australia Day and for major events or private hire.

Entry Fees:

$20 adults | $15 concessions | National Trust members & children FREE

What we offer:

"Stunning and stately old home pleasing to know it is with the National Trust and will be preserved for future generations."

5 star review from the Clarendon Facebook page

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Stunning venue and private location for a cocktail function, dinner, or incentive package, only 15 minutes from Launceston airport.


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1 hour tour of house, outbuilding, gardens and parkland - an fascinating insight into colonial life at Australia's grandest estate.

For bookings and enquiries call 03 63446233 or email

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