Ah, spring is in the air. Happily, this means that brand new lambs are taking their first wobbly steps on farms all around the state! With all the new little clouds-with-legs to manage, whippersnapper working dogs are jostling for promotions. (Herding the flock takes some mad skills, you know. A dog’s gotta hustle.) For humans, spring is the perfect time to visit one of Southern Tasmania’s local farms, and maybe even stay a few nights. Here are our picks of places to live that good farm life.
Curringa Farm Stay
Curringa Farm is located at Hamilton in Tassie’s idyllic Central Highlands, about an hour’s drive from Hobart. Treat yourself to a few nights in their stunning (and secluded) cottage accommodation to really unwind and enjoy the peaceful rural atmosphere. Book a farm tour to see sheep shearing in action and working farm dogs doing their thing. Go for a forest walk, enjoy the amazing river views, and indulge in something tasty in the café.
28 Gates Luxury Farm Stay
If fresh country air, fly fishing, feeding friendly farm animals, playing cards, taking walks in the wilderness, and enjoying local food and wine tickles your fancy, then 28 Gates Luxury Farm Stay is the place for you. Stay in their luxurious and comfortable homestead in the Derwent Valley, enjoy the romance of a crackling wood fire on cold nights, and soak in the bathtub overlooking the paddocks. There are also some interesting stories about the property’s history to discover, with a rich heritage dating back to 1862.
Bothwell, in the Central Highlands, was settled by a boatload of Scottish pioneers in 1822 and has a fascinating history. On the edge of this historic village, about an hour’s drive from Hobart, is where you’ll find Ratho Farm. Stay in one of the beautifully restored colonial farm buildings and convict cottages, and enjoy original charm with modern conveniences. Go for a few rounds on one of Australia’s oldest golf courses, and try your luck at some Highland fishing!
Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery
Try the gourmet products at Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery, in Birchs Bay, for something truly ewenique! Visitors can meet ‘The Girls’, try up to 15 different sheep cheese varieties, and enjoy a wine while viewing the whole process of cheese making and maturing. Kids are welcome to feed and pat the lambs, and you can also watch the daily sheep milking demonstrations (3pm, October to March). Grab something tasty in the restaurant and gaze out across the paddocks to the stunning D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Adults, check out Hartshorn Sheep Whey Distillery onsite, and taste the gin and vodka!
Coal River Farm
Coal River Farm is all about growing, making by hand, and celebrating where food comes from – and we dig it! Sample their artisan cheese and divine handmade chocolates, wander the farm and soak up the views, feed the goats, and pick fruit (in season). Their amazing restaurant features the best seasonal produce from the local Coal River Valley, just a 15 minute drive from Hobart. Sensational!
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