Callinton Mill Complex | Oatlands
I’m standing on the top floor of a flour mill. All that can be heard is the sound of wind sails as they gently turn in the breeze, and the soft creaking and clunking as the internal mechanisms move, powered by the sails.
The inside of the mill has a distinctly scandinavian flavour thanks to the white rendered stone walls and beautifully crafted wooden mechanisms. I can smell timber and machine oil. There are small, square windows at intervals and each one frames the views of the countryside beautifully. It’s incredibly peaceful and I feel as though I could be anywhere in the world.
In fact, I’m in Oatlands, Southern Tasmania, taking a tour of the Callington Mill Complex (the Mill).
There are so many beautiful, historic places in Tasmania and the Mill has always stood out to me. It’s easily visible from the Midland Highway on the route from Hobart to Launceston. I’ve often seen it from my car, a silhouette in front of a fiery, sunset sky. I was excited for the tour so I could finally look inside and learn more.
The Mill has had a chequered past. It was built in 1837 by a John Vincent. It changed hands several times and each owner fared worse than the last. Mostly due to a decline in demand for wheat in Tasmania, coupled with better transport and larger mills processing wheat in Launceston and Hobart. The mill eventually housed a blacksmith, was burnt out sealed up, rendered, and turned into a water tank.
Thanks to community groups and State and Federal Governments The has finally been restored. Bringing back to a fully functioning wind powered mill, processing Tasmanian grain.
The Mill now produces Callington Flour. A beautiful, premium product which is much sought after. If you take a tour of the Mill you get to discover the delicate process of milling using traditional 1800’s methods - it’s a lot more difficult than you might think!
Tours of the Callington Mill operate most days. Oatlands itself is a beautiful town with historic buildings and streetscapes. There are short walks around Lake Dulverton, and some scenic picnic spots. From the Mill Complex you can journey down a lane way that connects you to Oatlands High Street to wander through town. There are several shops and cafes, and beautiful architecture to marvel at.
You can find out more about Oatlands on the Discover Tasmania Website or visit the Callington Mill Website for more information on booking a tour