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: 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.
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!
Mt Paris Dam and 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.
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.
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 bushwalking 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.
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.
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.