Upper Castra, Tasmania

Upper Castra

Upper Castra

Upper Castra is a farming district on the Castra Road approximately 20 kilometres south of Ulverstone. There is no village as such, just a number of farm buildings and homes scattered alongside Castra Road and side road leading off it. Upper Castra is bounded on the east by the Wilmot River, to the south by Nietta and to the west by Preston and South Preston.

Upper Castra was once part of a thickly wooded area developed by Colonel Andrew Crawford after he retired from the Indian Army for a soldier settlement, organised jointly with the government in the late 1860's. Back then it had three places of worship, these being Anglican, Methodist and Baptist churches. All of the churches have closed and have been either demolished or removed.

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View from Upper Castra towards Lake Barrington, Sheffield and Mt Roland
View from Upper Castra towards Lake Barrington, Sheffield and Mt Roland

The North West Post reported in December 1895: “After an absence of some years (writes our travelling representative), I again visited Upper Castra on Tuesday, and was struck with the great progress made on some of the properties. From the Barren Hill as far as Brook's farm the land has been getting opened up but slowly, but just beyond a considerable amount of clearing has been done and near the old homes of the late Messrs. Biddle and Stevens (two of the pioneers of the district), a small church has been erected, and in this is now held a State school, where some thirty boys and girls receive tuition at the hands of Miss Counsel, of Sprent ...”

Wilmot River, Upper Castra
Spellman Road bridge across the Wilmot River, Upper Castra

In September 1894 the Launceston Examiner’s correspondent for Upper Castra wrote: “I was nearly omitting to say that Upper Castra can now boast of a school-house, if not a schoolmaster. The government, I understand, agreed to provide a teacher if the residents erected a school-room….The Church of England party use the building for the performance of their church services”. Upper Castra was one of several church schools in the North West hinterland where churches were built by the community under the auspices of the Anglican Church and were rented to the Department of Education." The two nearest current primary schools are at Sprent and Wilmot and the nearest high school is Ulverstone High School.

Silver Falls
Silver Falls

The Castra Falls Circuit gives access to for waterfalls; Castra Falls, Silver Falls, Step Falls, and Secret Place. It is a grade 4 return hike which should take you approximately 2.5hrs to complete. Castra Falls is the second waterfall on the Castra Circuit. The track is commenced as an easy to moderate walk, progressively becoming more difficult the further you walk. It commences a few kilometres down Gaunts Road which is found on the way to Leven Canyon from Ulverstone.

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