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 house is accessible by guided tours or special events and is also available as a truly unique venue for hire (see below).






234 Clarendon Station Road
Nile, via Evandale 7212 TAS


CLARENDON ESTATE open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Tour groups by appointment.
For weddings please email:


Clarendon Estate is closed July, August, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and for major events or private hire.
Due to structural issues with the building housing the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, the museum will be temporarily closed and moved to a new venue on the site. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. For further information please call the Fly Fishing Museum Co-ordinator on 0447 393 899.

(03) 6398 6220
Entry Fees:

Entry: $20.00 Full
$15.00Concession, Children U16 free

Price includes tea or coffee with complimentary Tasmanian shortbread, served in the main house.

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.


School Tours

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

Private Functions

Clarendon's gardens and buildings are also available for private events such as weddings and birthday parties.

Contact Karin Eastoe on 03 63446233 or email: for more details.

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