Aus­tralia’s PUR­PLE PATCH

The coun­try’s LARGEST laven­der farm opens its gates all year round to those with a PAS­SION for pur­ple per­fec­tion.

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BRIDESTOWE LAVEN­DER ES­TATE is one of Tas­ma­nia’s sig­na­ture des­ti­na­tions, recog­nised for the spec­tac­u­lar view of its seem­ingly end­less fields of laven­der flow­ers in bloom dur­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. The farm is an iconic piece of Tassie’s pi­o­neer­ing his­tory, start­ing in 1922 when Bridestowe’s founder, Charles Denny, sailed from Eng­land to Tas­ma­nia with a bag of laven­der seeds col­lected from the French Alps. The en­ter­pris­ing Denny fam­ily had soon built one of the world’s largest laven­der farms in the pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment of north-east Tas­ma­nia, and Bridestowe claims to have set the world stan­dard for fine laven­der oil since. Vis­i­tors, who are wel­come all year round, come to en­joy both Bridestowe’s Aus­tralian- made laven­der prod­ucts and the peace­ful at­mos­phere of Aus­tralia’s largest laven­der farm. Even out­side of the flow­er­ing pe­riod, the Es­tate is the per­fect place to see the turn­ing sea­sons re­flected in the or­na­men­tal gar­dens, na­tive bush­land and con­toured rows of laven­der set against the strik­ing back­drop of Mount Arthur. Lo­cated a scenic 45-minute drive from Launceston and si­t­u­ated in the heart of the Ta­mar Val­ley Wine Route, Bridestowe Es­tate is a per­fectly po­si­tioned stop for a walk, lunch, and a sig­na­ture laven­der ice-cream. Within a leisurely driv­ing dis­tance are thriv­ing lo­cal winer­ies, lo­cal his­tory, and the many nat­u­ral won­ders of Tas­ma­nia’s stun­ning North East re­gion. Dur­ing peak flow­er­ing pe­riod (typ­i­cally De­cem­ber through to late Jan­uary), a $10 en­try fee per adult may ap­ply. This in­cludes park­ing, guided tours that run reg­u­larly through the day, and all-day ac­cess to 50 hectares of blos­som­ing laven­der fields. Self-guided tours are also avail­able. For flower fore­cast and har­vest­ing up­dates check BridestoweLaven­derEs­tate on Face­book or @bridestoweestate on In­sta­gram. Find trans­port and vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion at bridestow­elaven­ 296 Gille­spies Road, Nabowla; 03 6352 8182

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: Row upon row in full bloom; Fine laven­der oil, pro­duced on the es­tate; A melt­ing mo­ment (or two).

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