Campbell Town is a town in Tasmania, Australia, located on the Midland Highway. It was originally one of the four garrison towns linking Hobart and Launceston. Today, it acts as a small retail centre for much of the northern Midlands area.
It was named by Governor Macquarie after his wife, Elizabeth Campbell, as was the river passing through the town, the Elizabeth River.
Campbell Town, and the Elizabeth River, which runs through it (previously known as Relief Creek), was named by Macquarie after his wife, Elizabeth Campbell.
The annual Campbell Town Agricultural Show is the oldest of its kind in Australia, having run continuously since 1838.
Campbell Town district has a population of approx 800 of which the largest proportion would be retirees, Campbell Town over the past 10 years has suffered like other rural towns in Australia that have lost business and services at an alarming rate, the biggest losses being over the past 4 years with the closure of the main industry and employer (Saxon Wood heaters) with the loss of 30 jobs, closure of one supermarket and of a rural merchandise store.
Now Campbell Town has a vibrant business sector with the passing traffic stopping to break their trip, for a coffee or meal use the clean amenities, top off in the many antique or specialty shops or visit the Museum & Visitor Information centre & take a self guided walk through History or a stroll beside the tranquil Elizabeth River.