Gunns Plains: Why We Live Where We Live

by Michelle Kneipp Pegler

Gunns Plains.  As soon as we drove down into the valley we just knew that this part of Tasmania was where we wanted to live.  Looking down onto the fertile soil and green pastures as we descended to the valley floor we decided that this place ticked every box on the list of things we wanted for our new life.  Gunns Plains is a rich fertile area dotted with dairy farms, potato growing, poppy growing and beef cattle.  In days gone by they grew vegetables here and it was also one of the three major hop producing regions in Tasmania.

Gunns Plains - Lookout over the Valley
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From the lookout: views of the valley of Gunns Plains

Things to Do in The Valley

For a relatively small area there is quite a lot to see and do when you visit Gunns Plains.  There’s the beautiful Leven River renowned for its trout fishing and a great spot to canoe or kayak.  Then there’s the beauty of the Gunns Plains Caves.  Well known for the wonderful limestone formations, including calcite shawls and flow-stones, it also has a glow-worm display.  The ever jovial Trish and Geoff take you on a wonderful trip through the caves with a laugh or two along the way.


 

If you are coming in or out of the valley along Raymond Road don’t forget to call into the Leven Valley Vineyard.  It’s home to award-winning cold climate Chardonnay, Rose & Pinot Noir.  There’s work by local artists on display.  You can enjoy a glass of wine and a platter of local cheeses while looking out across Gunns Plains and the Leven River.

Gunns Plains - Caves
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Let Geoff and Trish show you the beautiful Gunns Plains Caves

Gunns Plains Goodies: Potatoes, Parks & Preston Falls

Preston Falls are worth a look, also on Raymond Road.  Wings Wildlife Park is a must to see.  It has the largest collection of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia, so leave yourself plenty of time to see everything.  Call into Gunns Plains Goodies and have a bite to eat and a chat to Paula and Graham.  If you are in Gunns Plains on the first Monday in November stop in and have a look at our Gunns Plains Potato Festival, which is held on Recreation Day (a public holiday in northern Tasmania).  The Potato Festival is a celebration of all things potato and it’s a fun day out for everyone.


 

Leven Canyon is only 25 km away and has a great viewing platform, which juts out of the rock face.  You can look down into the canyon floor and see the mighty Leven River thundering past.  If you find you want to spend more time in our beautiful valley there are a few accommodation places you can stay.  Wings Wildlife Park has accommodation, as do St. Marks Luxury Accommodation and Mathom Farm Goat Dairy Cottage.

Gunns Plains - Mathom Farm Goat Dairy
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Mathom Farm Goat Dairy, one of the farming properties in the valley

Home is Where the Heart is: Leven River Farm

This is why we live where we live in Gunns Plains.  It’s oh so beautiful and there’s lots to experience here and in the surrounding area.  It’s twelve months now since we said good-bye to the heat and humidity of north Queensland and Hello! to our new farm life in Gunns Plains.  We have settled into this welcoming community with ease and have made many new friends.  We are so lucky to have made the move to our own little slice of paradise situated in the beautiful north west region of Tasmania.  So please visit this area next time you are over this way.  You will be very glad you did.

Gunns Plains - Leven River
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The magnificent Leven River runs through the valley of Gunns Plains

Michelle Kneipp Pegler writes a blog called Leven River Farm
about the ups and downs of her Good Life
and occasional forays delving into the lessons of the past.

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