Tasmania continues to amaze me. For a small island off the southern coast of Australia that sometimes goes overlooked by first time visitors to the “Land Down Under” (Australia), it certainly has a lot to offer visitors who do choose to take the extra 45-minute flight down to “The Apple Isle” (Tasmania). While there are a few big cities – Hobart, Launceston, Devonport & Burnie – much of the island is home to untouched wilderness, gorgeous landscapes, and not a hint of inhabitance in plain sight… particularly when you venture inland off the coast and discover more of this for yourself.
On my latest visit back to Tasmania, I ventured south to the Derwent Valley to experience a luxury farm retreat over my birthday weekend. With my whole family in tow, we jumped in the car and began a 2.5 hour drive from Launceston (or a 1 hour drive west from Hobart) to 28 Gates Luxury Farm Retreat.
Checking in to 28 Gates Tasmania
If there’s one thing Tasmania is excelling in over the last few years, it is luxury boutique accommodation. Earlier in the year I have visited the renowned Saffire for an ultra-luxe stay, Thalia Haven for a coastal retreat, and now at 28 Gates for a chance to experience life on the land in Tasmania.
This is in no way a “room for the night” as much as it is a full farm experience. When you check-in at 28 Gates, you have the entire 3 Bedroom property (sleeps up to 6) to yourself, so it seemed only logical to invite my family – mum, dad, my little brother, and my boyfriend along for the weekend retreat.
Once there, the property owner Suzie who also lives on-site a short few minutes drive away, came to welcome us and explain all there is to know about the house and the 5000 acre property it lies on. The house itself was made to feel much more like a home, as the fridge was stocked breakfast provisions, fresh fruit, Tasmanian fruit juice, and a freshly baked loaf of bread – all the homely touches!
Living on the Land
The biggest draw card about 28 Gates and that which makes it different from other luxury boutique properties in Tasmania is that it offers an experience to live on the land and run free (across the 5000 acres if you must!)
The following morning our host was back to drive us around the property and point out the many points of interest – a lake with a boat, numerous lakes for fishing, and the chance to see farmers at work (a novelty for visitors from cities I’m sure!)
The house was also well stocked with everything you’d need to enjoy your time outdoors and truly make the most of this unique opportunity. And with that, I was quick to pack a picnic and venture out by the lake to enjoy the panoramic views and appreciate some of that great local cuisine Tassie is famous for.
Inside the House
Downstairs is home to an open living plan with a dining table to seat six, full kitchen, and a cosy living area with a large flatscreen tv, plenty of boardgames and a generous range of magazines and books. Upstairs is where you’ll find the three bedrooms, as well as another living area and a bathroom with a bubble bath and a view! While it is the perfect opportunity to disconnect, should you need to do so, yes, there is wi-fi!
Prices vary depending on seasons and how many guests. Winter welcomes half price rates ($500 for up to 6 people in the colder months), however be sure to book in advance if anticipating a weekend visit. Bookings through the 28 Gates website.
World of Wanderlust was welcomed as a guest of the property.