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The pioneering Archer family, once the most powerful family in Tasmania's north, settled at this homestead near Longford, about 25km (16 miles) from Launceston, in 1817. The six generations who lived here until 1994 have left an unrivaled legacy in the almost-untouched Woolmers Estate. There are 20 buildings, from the grand mansion to the servants' quarters, shearing sheds, a blacksmith's shop, and seven free settler's cottages. (You can stay in them.) Entry to the homestead is by guided tour only, or you can take a self-guided tour of the gardens and outbuildings. There's also a restaurant serving Devonshire teas, lunches, and snacks. Take time to smell the roses next door at the National Rose Garden of Australia (free entry), where more than 2 hectares (5 acres) are planted with around 4,000 bushes.