The Bark Mill is a restored mill and museum in Swansea on Tasmania’s east coast. The mill is Australia’s only restored Black Wattle Bark Mill, and possibly the only one in the world. The fully working mill demonstrates how bark from local black wattle trees was once crushed for export across the world. The bark is the basic ingredient used in tanning.
The mill was established in 1885 and continued operation until the early 1960s.
A visit here gives a fascinating insight into the ancient art of milling bark. The museum depicts the early history of the oldest rural municipality in Australia. Individual working displays depict life as it was in the 1800s. The descendants of the original settlers have loaned many items and photographs to the exhibition.
The Bark Mill complex is opened daily.
In addition to the Museum is a Tavern and Bakery making this the ideal place for a stop. The tavern and bakery cater for all meals. A large car park, good access for disabled, well appointed rest rooms and children’s playground completes the Bark Mill Tavern, Bakery and Museum complex.
The Bark Mill is one hour 40 minutes’ drive (134 kilometres) from Hobart.