What to see & do
In the District
Our farm stay luxury accommodation is right in the heart of Tasmania’s stunning Derwent Valley and takes you from high lake country through ancient forests to charming, historic towns.
The tiny rural township of Gretna is an easy 15 minute drive from the 28 gates homestead. There you will find the Gretna Green Hotel which specialises in hearty, country meals and a friendly yarn by the fire over a drink or two (or a glass of wine or a freshly brewed coffee is also an option!).
The valley's town centre of New Norfolk is a picturesque thirty-minute drive east along the Derwent River. Here you can find all the conveniences you will need such as supermarkets, restaurants and banks, as well as renowned antique shops and fascinating heritage and cultural land marks.
The Agrarian Kitchen is Tasmania's first sustainable, farm based cooking school. Set on five acres in the idyllic Lachlan Valley, this world-class school offers a range of classes led by Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. In June 2017 The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store opened in New Norfolk. Their vision is 'to create a space where local, seasonal produce is celebrated'. The history of the building is fascinating (originally a mental asylum) and they have transformed it into a beautiful, light space. Bookings are essential and I highly recommend visiting!
Russell Falls National Park and Mt Field National Park are famous for their exquisite wilderness walks. The breathtaking Russell Falls are just a short, family friendly walk through stunning rainforest, while Mt Field above offers vast mountainous wilderness, magical tarns and snow skiing. Have a bite to eat at Waterfalls Cafe and have a look around at their gallery for fantastic Tasmanian gifts. Just beyond Russell Falls you will find the Styx Valley of the Giants - the tallest hardwood trees on Earth, up to 400 years old.
We are lucky to have Tassiebound Kayak tours in the local area. Described as 'receiving VIP backstage pass to our local region; combining breathtaking Tasmanian scenery, local guides, world-class produce with a little excitement!'. Check out there website or contact me for details....it is well worth the experience and lots of fun! http://www.tassiebound.com.au
At the Salmon Ponds in Plenty, historic Trout hatchery (circa 1861), feed the leaping Tasmanian trout, find a platypus, lunch at the licenced restaurant and cafe, visit the museum of Trout fishing and Hall of Fame or rest beneath old English trees.
The town of Bothwell also boasts Austalia’s oldest golf course, Ratho and the Australasian Golf Museum, housed in the town’s historic schoolhouse and filled with memorabilia that tells the story of golf throughout the centuries.
The Wall - Artist Greg Duncan is creating a stunning sculpture at Derwent Bridge in the heart of Tasmania and carving the history of the Tasmanian Highlands using timber.
Ask your hosts for more information, or visit derwentvalley.com.au.
Sally Wise Cooking School;
A wonderful cooking school, where Sally focuses on seasonal vegetables and fruits from the area. sally also has written so many wonderful cook books too. There are many varied classes and it is only a 40 minute drive from us. I highly recommend this experience.