Located to the north of Launceston, on the West
Tamar Highway, is the small town of Legana. Legana comes from the Aboriginal
word for ‘fresh water’, since it is at the point where the Tamar River becomes
There is a historic colonial Georgian homestead property which is
one of Australia’s oldest houses, that sits beside a sweeping bend in the Tamar
River named ‘Freshwater Point’ by the explorer Matthew Flinders. The original
main entrance faces the river, a private jetty where the early settlers traded
with the local indigenous people. It was also the main method of transport for
the first hundred years of the property.
There are large elm tree on the property that are more than a century old.
Visitors can experience the property through its
bed and breakfast accommodation.