Originally stables and grain lofts, the distinctive 28 gates building was hastily converted in 1967 to shearers' quarters after bushfires swept through the property and destroyed the existing quarters shortly before shearing. Recently, owners Susie and Michael Parsons converted the building once more, this time a complete refurbishment affords visitors, a boutique luxury beyond the tallest stories of any of its former occupants.
Susie and Michael reside in the over 100 plus-year-old Bloomfield homestead. The 5500 acre property runs 10,000 Merino sheep, mostly for fine Tasmanian wool and also for free-range grass fed lamb. We have 120 head of Angus cattle and the property is complemented by 500 acres of irrigation.
Whilst we offer a number of activities here at 28 gates, we are very well known for Fly Fishing with five, plentiful stocked lakes of Wild Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout. To date, the largest fish caught. weighed a delightful. close to 10 pounds, with the average weight being around 4 pounds. We have found that a woolly worm fly is a winner with these fish and the bonus of fishing at 28 gates is that, you do not need a license and you can fish all year round and in complete privacy!
Staying on a working farm means a variety of unique experiences are right on your doorstep. Explore the walking tracks, feed the array of pets, go on a property tour or head out on a guided 'wildlife night tour' on dusk, to see the native animals...a must experience for all ages!
We are also fast becoming a targeted destination for bird watchers. We are known to have at least 7 of the 12 endemic birds which are only found in Tasmania: Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Yellow Wattlebird, Tasmanian Native Hen, Black Currawong, Green Rosella, Tasmanian Scrub wren, and the Tasmanian Thornbill.