About 28 Gates, Luxury Farm Stay & Accommodation
This stand-out building is located within the bounds of historic "Bloomfield", a 6th generation grazing property that dates back to 1862, just a few years before British troops departed Colonial Australia. It is distinctive for its 5000 acres of sweeping pastures, rolling hills and trout-rich lakes. At least 60 species of birds have been noted here, including 9 of the 12 endemic birds of Tasmania. The accommodation itself is nestled within the working farm, and on the shores of four lakes well stocked with Rainbow Trout, Wild Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Tiger Trout, perfect for fly fishing. The characteristic 28 gates building has been dedicated to offering premium, spacious accommodation for up to six people. Nothing has been overlooked during a complete refurbishment, transforming it from its former life initially as stables and grain lofts, then later as shearers' quarters. Opened in October 2011, this unique and tranquil accommodation in Tasmania is now yours to discover.
Originally stables and grain lofts, the distinctive 28 gates building was hastily converted in 1967 to shearers' quarters after bushfires swept through the property and destroyed the existing quarters shortly before shearing. Recently, owners Susie and Michael Parsons converted the building once more, this time a complete refurbishment affords visitors, a luxury farm stay experience beyond the tallest stories of any of its former occupants.
Susie and Michael reside in the over 100 year old Bloomfield homestead. The 5500 acre property runs 10,000 Merino sheep, mostly for fine Tasmanian wool and also for free-range grass fed lamb. We only have 8 cows due to drought conditions in 2016 and hope to increase the numbers in the next year or two, the property is also complemented by 600 acres of irrigation.
Nature & wildlife on your doorstep
Whilst we offer a number of activities here at 28 gates, we are very well known for a strong Fly Fishing culture with four lakes where you can find Wild Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Tiger Trout. To date, the largest fish caught weighed a delightful10 pounds, with the average weight being around 4 pounds. We have found that a woolly worm fly is a winner with these fish and the bonus of fishing at 28 gates is that you do not need a license. Another benefit of indulging in farm stay luxury is you can fish all year round in complete privacy!
Staying on a working farm means a variety of unique experiences are right on your doorstep. Explore the walking tracks, feed the farm animals, go on a property tour or head out on a guided 'night tour' on dusk to see the native Tasmanian wildlife...a must experience for all ages!
We are also fast becoming a targeted destination for bird watchers. We are known to have at least 7 of the 12 endemic birds which are only found in Tasmania: Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Yellow Wattlebird, Tasmanian Native Hen, Black Currawong, Green Rosella, Tasmanian Scrub wren, and the Tasmanian Thornbill.
Location of 28 Gates, Farm Stay Accommodation
28 gates is a little piece of boutique luxury in Tasmania's Derwent Valley, one hour's drive west of Hobart, Tasmania. We will send detailed directions on confirmation of booking.
A10 South - 17kms
Left C181 - 7kms (Marked Tree Road)
Right at '28 gates'
B110 South - 22kms
Left C181 - 9.5kms (Marked Tree Road)
Left '28 gates'
Highway 1 North - 20kms
Left A10 to Gretna North - 4kms
Right C181 - 7kms (Marked Tree Road)
Right at '28 gates'
C185 West - 34kms
Left C181 - 5kms (Marked Tree Road)
Left '28 gates'
Please take extra care on Marked Tree Road - 10 km of gravel road, and watch for native animals on dusk and dawn.