1. Learn the art of fly fishing at 28 Gates Farm Stay, Gretna.
This homestead was once the farm stable and grain loft – now converted into a luxury farm stay experience. With 5000 acres, you won’t be short of places to explore on this property either. Not to mention, food to eat. Enjoy welcoming baked goods prepared by your host Susie. Or why not indulge and have the personal chef prepare you something extraordinary?
Meander the beautiful grounds and say hello to the friendly animals including a few thousand sheep. Or, master the art of fly fishing with personal lessons on offer and access to four private lakes stocked with plentiful trout. As the locals say, if you can’t catch a trout in the Derwent Valley, then you may as well just give up on fishing altogether!
Find out more or book your stay at 28 Gates Farm Stay here.
2. Hand-feed an alpaca at Maydena Mountain Cabins, in Maydena.
Rolling hills, mountainous snow-capped views… what more could you ask for, really? Perched atop a hill in the alpine region of Derwent Valley is Maydena Cabins and Lodge – and this place is a sight to behold.
Maydena is a great entry point to popular attractions down South like Mount Field National Park, the magnificent Giant Trees of the Styx Valley, and the terrifyingly beautiful Gordon Dam. At the end of the day, the friendly, yet quiet alpacas, will be waiting and will happily star in any of your sunset selfies (and maybe a photo bomb or two).
Maydena Cabins & Lodge
3. Try and spot the platypi who reside in the lake at Giants’ Table and Cottages, in Maydena.
Positioned on a beautiful, large property in Maydena is Giants’ Table and Cottages – a place where spotting platypi will preoccupy your mind and everyday worries will fade away. And if the platypi are being shy, the three friendly alpacas will be there to say hi. Originally built in 1957, this property was designed to be a singles quarters for forestry workers. Now refurbished, you can choose between one of the eight cottages surrounding a beautiful large tree. Each cottage has been styled with its own unique flair in mind and of course, to provide a comfortable place to rest after exploring the robust and action-packed Maydena. You won’t have to wander far for a feed either, with a fantastic bar and restaurant only a few steps away. In the afternoon, your hosts will even invite you to help feed the alpacas (times vary each day, so be sure to check in with your hosts upon arrival).
Find out more or book your stay at Giants’ Table and Cottages here.
Giants’ Table and Cottages
4. Step back in time and stay in the beautiful Rathmore House, Cottage & Quarters, in Hollow Tree.
Never before open to the public, this hidden gem in Hollow Tree (located between the historic towns of Bothwell and Hamilton) provides a unique opportunity to experience the true farm stay experience firsthand.
Take your pick between B&B style grand bedrooms in the heritage homestead, their recently revived shearers’ quarters, or their self-contained cottage – all with the warm and welcoming charm you can expect from part of Tasmania.
Wander the 37-hectare farm and feed the lambs, calves, ducks and chickens. Or perhaps pick up the oars and explore the Dew Rivulet by kayak. Then finish the day by toasting some marshmallows on an open fire.
Find out more or book your stay at Rathmore House, Cottage & Quarters.
Rathmore House, Cottage & Quarters