Lake Dulverton was formed in 1828 with the building of a small sandstone wall on the northern end to increase the depth of what was then an area of marshland. The size being around 230 hectares and about 2-3 metres deep.
In more recent times from the mid 1950s to now, water levels have fluctuated greatly from overflowing in 1956, 1957, 1960 and 1975 to an extended period of being completley dry from 1992 to 2009. Heavy rains in 2009 and 2010 have brought the capacity up to around 50%.
During the period from 1960 to 1990, water skiing , rowing regattas and fishing were common place.
Trout fishing is once again popular with the lake being stocked by the Inland Fisheries Service with rainbow, brook and brown trout on a regular basis. Due to the mild temperature of the water, acquatic growth is prolific, providing food for fish and the abundance of wildlife which inhabit this wildlife sanctuary.
Public facilities include barbeques and picnic huts and tables, public toilets, a camping area for independant travellwrs and a wonderful walkway which follows the western side of the lake for several kilometres - suitable for both walking and cycling.
Oatlands, a unique experience in the heart of Tasmania.
Settled in the first part of the 19th century after Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared it "a very eligible situation for a town", Oatlands became a major centre for grain production and hosted a garrison of soldiers and supporting infrastructure. Retaining it's colonial atmosphere, today Oatlands offers the visitor the opportunity to connect with this early Tasmanian heritage in an authentic environment. Oatlands has the largest collection of Georgian sandstone buildings in Australia : our streetscape presents a delightful mix of colonial cottages, larger commercial premises and stunning church architecture together with the landmark Callington Mill. Built in 1837, the mill is once again fully working and producing stone-ground flour. Flanked by the 300 acre Lake Dulverton, our village is just an hour's drive from Hobart and about and hour and 20 minutes from Launceston. We can offer you all the conveniences of a modern country town as well, with retail outlets, galleries, cafes and a variety of accommodation options. Come and meet our artisan craftspeople and walk the history trails to learn of our past. Come visit us!