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Wind Song Bed & Break­fast

This unique ru­ral ac­com­mo­da­tion is all about na­ture, peace and wildlife watch­ing. Lo­cated on a 220ha farm­ing prop­erty at Lit­tle Swan­port on Tas­ma­nia’s east coast, Wind Song of­fers a choice of two cot­tages, sur­rounded by gar­dens filled with na­tive shrubs, trees and flow­ers. Take self-guided walks in the pri­vate for­est re­serves or ex­plore lo­cal at­trac­tions such as the Fr­eycinet and Maria Is­land na­tional parks. The B&B also hosts artist-in-res­i­dence pro­grams and a va­ri­ety of work­shops through­out the year. These in­clude felt mak­ing, pa­per mak­ing, fenc­ing and land man­age­ment, and bas­ket mak­ing with na­tive fi­bre. For more info: (03) 6257 7583, 0418 995 319 or wind­

Wood­bridge on the Der­went

With a beau­ti­ful gar­den stretch­ing down to the Der­went River, Wood­bridge is an his­toric coun­try house ho­tel lo­cated in New Norfolk, about 40 min­utes drive from Ho­bart. Built in 1825, it has been re­stored to its for­mer glory and of­fers a taste of colo­nial Tas­ma­nia and a whole host of lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to in­dulge in – from trout fish­ing to an­tique col­lect­ing. The ho­tel has just eight bed­rooms and fea­tures a glo­ri­ous ex­panse of gar­den, lawn and park­land to me­an­der. For more info: 0417 996 305 or wood­brid­

Wal­la­bies rule at Wind Song. Bud­dha-style calm pre­vails. The gar­dens are a blend of na­tives and ex­otics. Wan­der around the dam and en­joy the peace of the land­scape. Kan­ga­roo paw is a bird feast in red!

The ho­tel build­ing dates back to 1825. Ter­raced gar­den beds sweep down to a lawn be­side the river.

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