Activities

Embracing nature

For those that love the outdoors, there's plenty of it around here. Visit Mt Field National Park, 10 minutes drive from Post House Cottage, home of the magnificent Russell Falls and the giant swamp gums.

The walks in Mt Field National Park suit all abilities; With wheel chair access to the famous Russell Falls to day long hikes to see the magnificent mountain views. Drive into the Mount Field National Park to visit Lake Dobson - it's usually snowing in the cooler months.

Walking the countryside during autumn gives another view of the beauty of this area. See the changing autumn colours of the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands. Visits in winter with snow covered tops in the Mount Field National Park add a new dimension to bush walking.

Being pedal-powered, Railtrack Riders allows visitors to travel at their own pace and fully experience the sights, sounds and smell of the rainforest.

Visit Styx Valley and Styx River to see some of the tallest and largest eucalytpus trees on the planet. The beautiful scenery imitates a fairyland.

Westerway Raspberry Farm is only 4km away and a great spot to pick your own berries in the warmer months.

Step into the wilderness of Maydena Bike Park, to the summit of a mountain. Choose your line and let gravity guide you. Designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art, these world class trails offer something for everyone, and they're only 25km away.

Strathgordon is approximately 98km away and home to Lake Pedder. Located on the brink of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area, Strathgordon is where civilisation ends and amazing nature to explore starts. It sits on the edge of Lake Pedder, which is Australia's largest freshwater lake and catchment system. A major part of Tasmania's hydroelectic scheme, the lake is also available for trout fishing, kayaking, and swimming. There are numerous walking trails to explore the lake's edge and surrounding wilderness, as well as the Gordon Dam wall which offers the highest abseiling experience in the world! The area is great for romantic getaways and family holidays alike.

Mount Field National Park accommodation, Russell Falls

Wildlife and sport

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary provides a great day out for all the family. With opportunities to get up close and personal with many of the indiginous species, this is an experience not to be missed.

For those who enjoy fishing there is plenty of choice for trout fishing in the area - Derwent Valley offers some of the best trout fishing in Tasmania.

Golfers are well catered for with Bothwell with Australia's oldest golf course and the Australasian Golf Museum.

Even on your day off, just sit back on the veranda and watch the magnificient array of wild birds that inhabit the surrounding area or pop down the road to look for the local platypus.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmanian Devil

History

Tasmania is home to many of the early settlements in Australia.

Take a day or two to visit the historic towns in the area. Hamilton has many restored and classified buildings and fine gardens to admire. There are galleries and craft centers to visit in addition to taking tea in one of the local cafes.

Approximately 30 minutes south of Fentonbury is the town of New Norfolk, which was the third planned settlement to be undertaken in Tasmania, after Hobart and Launceston. New Norfolk's penal connection is still evident at Willow Court, formerly the Asylum for the insane. Nowadays visitors to Willow Court have the opportunity to see the remarkable old buildings and the antiques centres established at the site.

Tasmanian historic building

Hobart

Hobart, less than an hour's drive from Post House Cottage, is Australia's second-oldest city and the capital of Tasmania. Steeped in colonial heritage Hobart hosts a variety of exciting festivals and fine food and drink.

Visit the heights of Mount Wellington towering over Hobart at 1270m or sip local wine and beer on quayside. From Hobart you can take the ferry to Australia's newest and most controversial art museum, MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art.

Hobart hosts the world famous Salamanca market every Saturday at Salamanca place. Browse the local crafts, feast on the wide variety of food and drink on offer or just take in the hustle and bustle of a thriving market.

Hobart, Tasmania, Quayside

Food & drink

There is no shortage of characterful and unique places to sample some of the regions finest food and drink around here.

Twenty minutes drive from Post House Cottage you'll find the Two Metre Tall Brewery. Owner and brewer Ashley describes himself as brewing on the "lunatic fringe", creating a wide array of farmhouse ales & ciders in unique batches using their own farm grown ingredients. Offering a welcoming atomsphere and a cook your own BBQ with fine meats available to purchase, this is a brewery not to be missed.

Offering a range of attractions from pancakes by the pond, licensed restaurant, angling museum, fish feeding and children's activities, Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens is day out for the whole family.

Within five minutes drive of the cottage is Possum Shed Cafe with great coffee and food (it does close through the winter though so be sure to check ahead.) If you're set for Mount Field National Park, the Waterfalls Cafe is a great choice. In the warmer months, we also recommend visiting the local cherry orchards for unbeatably fresh and juicy cherries.

Tasmanian local food at the Possum Shed Cafe