Congratulations to Shirley of Launceston, the winner of the romantic getaway in the Tasmanian north east region.  Shirley will be enjoying two nights of luxury with her partner at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages in Branxholm. And with that announcement, you might think we’d be marking the end of articles we publish about north east Tasmania.  But no!  There’s still lots of fabulous places we could share with you, and hope to explore more in the future.

Tasmanian North East - Tin Dragon Trail Cottages
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Shirley from Launceston will enjoy a romantic getaway at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages

Tasmanian North East: Just the Beginning

From our own experience, we know Shirley will have a fabulous time.  She could choose to stay on the lovely Branxholm property the whole time; maybe take the Chinese Heritage walk, pat the alpacas or picnic by the river.  If she’s keen on Tasmanian wildlife, she could look for a possum or a platypus.

Tasmanian North East - Platypus Walk
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Look for a platypus on the Branxholm Community River Walk, north east Tassie

From Branxholm to Derby

Without venturing too far, Shirley could drive 6kms to Derby and discover the tin-mining history of the Tasmanian north east region at the Tin Centre.  While in the town, she could catch up with Anne at Berries Cafe for a Devonshire Tea. Or maybe wander up the street to visit the Hobbyts Dragon craft shop. There’s the much-photographed “fish rock” to admire on the outskirts of Derby, too!

Tasmanian North East - Berries Cafe, Derby
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Berries Cafe in Derby promises a delicious serve of Devonshire Tea

Tasmanian North East - Hobbyts Dragon Craft
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Hobbyts Dragon craft shop in Derby, in the Tasmanian north east region

Tasmanian North East - Fish Rock, Derby
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Fish Rock on the outskirts of the Tasmanian north east township of Derby

To Mt Paris Dam; then a Beer at Weldborough

Drive a little further afield, and Shirley could be standing at the base of the Mt Paris Dam, an engineering marvel. If she likes beer, she’d be certain to stop at the nearby Weldborough Hotel and have a chat with Mark and Felicity over a few micro-brews.

Tasmanian North East - Mt Paris Dam
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Mt Paris Dam, a feat of engineering for the tin mining industry, north east Tasmania

Wood Carvings, Waterfalls and Dairy Country

In fact, while driving around, there’s lots of scenery and attractions to admire. We stopped briefly at the tiny township of Legerwood, to wonder at the memorial carvings on our way to Ralphs Falls and Pyengana Dairy. The rural scenery is simply breathtaking, with a magical vista in every direction.

Tasmanian North East - Legerwood
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Legerwood memorial carvings in north east Tasmania… worth a visit

Tasmanian North East - Rural Scenery
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Capture the scenic beauty en route to Ralphs Falls and Pyengana Dairy

Blue Tier Forest Reserve

In the Blue Tiers, we inspected the site of the Anchor Tin Mine, and the relics of the historic stamper. But this is definitely one place that warrants more time to explore.  If you have a mountain or trail bike, or enjoy bush-walking and camping, the Blue Tier Forest Reserve would make the perfect holiday destination. The Forest EcoCentre in Scottsdale is a good place to collect information about the surrounding forests.

Tasmanian North East - Anchor Stamper
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Relics from the Anchor Tin Mine in the Tasmanian north east Blue Tier Forest Reserve

Gourmet Delights of the Tasmanian North East

We’d love to return to the Tasmanian north east region and forage for food.  Not out in the forest, but at places like Bridestowe Lavender and Yondover Goat Dairy. There’s local markets and wineries and food producers offering gourmet travellers a unique experience in beautiful surrounds.  Of course, Shirley might prefer to have someone else cook her meals on a weekend escape, and there’s any number of places to choose for a good feed.

Weldborough - Pub Grub
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Hot and hearty: the food at the Weldborough Hotel was thoroughly enjoyable

With Any Luck, We’ll be Back

As you can see, we’ve covered lots of ground already, but there’s still lots more we could investigate in the future, given the opportunity.  We’re excited for Shirley and very happy to have been involved with this giveaway for Tin Dragon Trail Cottages. Graham and Christine are definitely keen for people to appreciate what their region has to offer.  Judging by all the entries and feedback the competition received, many other people will be out exploring the Tasmanian north east as well as the winner.

For more information about Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, visit their website,
or phone (03) 6354 6210 to book your own accommodation package.
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