What to see & do
Private Trout Fishing: 5 Lakes
28 gates offers guests not only premium accommodation but four private lakes, all yours to fish!. The Lakes and Lagoons are a Fly Fishers paradise with Wild Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout in superb condition, feeding on a wide variety of insect life. Enjoy dry, nymph or wet fly fishing, dependant on the time of the year and who knows, you may catch a double figured fish!. 'Windsors Lake' is relatively new and covering new ground and is creating the Tasmanian phenomenon of 'tailing trout', through shallows for exciting Spring fishing. Dont be surprised to be broken off or find yourself well into the backing, so come down and accept the challenge of 28 gates, and if your dont fly fish , we are only too happy to teach you. No fishing licence is required, as we are a private fishery and you can fish all year round, to your hearts content!
If would like to fish further afield, make 28 gates your base and explore Tasmania's famous Highland Lakes which are just a short drive away or local rivers and waterways.
Private Fly Fishing Guides and Instruction
If you need instruction or a few extra tips, private and professional fly-fishing guides and instructors including Ken Orr's Tasmanian Fly Fishing Lodge can be arranged on request.....highly recommended!
There are five well marked walking tracks on the property for anyone seeking activity.
These include A Rams Trail, ‘Bloomfield’ Panoramic, Valley Run, Kelly’s Hill and Lakes Walk. Go for an easy stroll or take a day hike through pastural, rolling hills and discover the muted beauty of the Australian bush. You could even take a picnic!. See how many of our 60 species of birds you can spot. particularly 9 of the 12 endemic birds of Tasmania. Walk on dusk with native animals in their natural habitat, including wallabies, possums, quoll, wombats, echidna, and Tasmanian Devils. Our resident platypus makes the occasional appearance in the "Circus Lake”, which makes a magical sight, if you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time!
Landscape Photography Tuition
If you are interested in landscape photography or inspired by the unique surroundings at 28 gates, why not engage, local photographer Alan Leisheim, for some one-on-one photography tuition. Please enquire to make a booking.
"Bloomfield" is a working sheep property, with shearing in June. If you are a guest at this time, you are welcome to watch on for a taste of life in a busy shearing shed or in the sheep yards beyond.
However, farming is relentless so there is something to be seen all year round. Go for a farm tour with the owners and you will experience a interactive history of the property, an overview of the workings of 'Bloomfield' and general friendly farming banter. Everyday is different on the farm so who can predict what you may experience! In September, we have an influx of 5000 lambs which are always beautiful to see.
If interested, you have the opportunity to feed our beautiful pets including our; horse, sheep, rabbit, chooks, ducks and of course our wonderful dogs, Barney, Blacky and Peggy. This is popular with all ages and no extra charge.
Experience our 'wild life night tour'....we will take you out and see the animals in their own natural habitat and you may even see wallabies, kangaroos, potoroos, possums, quolls, wombats and maybe the elusive Tasmanian devil. This is a very popular experience at no extra charge, for more than 2 night stay.
In the District
Our boutique luxury accommodation is right in the heart of Tasmania’s Rivers Run Touring Route, which encompasses the beautiful Derwent Valley and takes you from high lake country through ancient forests to charming, historic towns.
The tiny rural township of Gretna is an easy 15 minute drive from 28 gates. There you will find the Gretna Green Hotel which specialises in hearty, country meals and a friendly yarn by the fire over a coldie or two (or a glass of wine or a freshly brewed coffee is also an option!).
The valley's town centre of New Norfolk is a picturesque thirty minute drive east along the Derwent River. Here you can find all the conveniences you will need such as supermarkets, restaurants and banks, as well as renowned antique shops and fascinating heritage and cultural land marks including
The Agrarian Kitchen is Tasmania's first sustainable, farm based cooking school. Set on five acres in the idyllic Lachlan Valley, this world-class school offers a range of classes led by Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. This is a incredible experience and one I have done twice! www.theagrariankitchen.com
At the Salmon Ponds in Plenty, historic Trout hatchery (circa 1861), feed the leaping trout, find a platypus, lunch at the licenced restaurant and cafe, visit the museum of Trout fishing and Hall of Fame or rest beneath old English trees.http://www.salmonponds.com.au/history
Russell Falls National Park and Mt Field National Park are famous for their exquisite wilderness walks. The breathtaking Russell Falls are just a short, family friendly walk through stunning rainforest, while Mt Field above offers vast mountainous wilderness, magical tarns and snow skiing. Have a bite to eat at Waterfalls Cafe and have a look around at their gallery for fantastic Tasmanian gifts. I highly recommend going here! http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=3589
Just beyond Russell Falls you will find the Styx Valley of the Giants - the tallest hardwood trees on Earth, up to 400 years old.
Circa 1821, the Nant Estate at Bothwell is beautifully maintained and home to Nant Distillery and the much sought after Nant single malt whisky. It is open daily for tours and tastings.http://www.nant.com.au/
The town of Bothwell also boasts Austalia’s oldest golf course and the Australasian Golf Museum, housed in the town’s historic schoolhouse and filled with memorabilia that tells the story of golf throughout the centuries.
The Wall - Artist Greg Duncan is creating a stunning sculpture at Derwent Bridge in the heart of Tasmania and carving the history of the Tasmanian Highlands using timber. www.thewalltasmania.com/
At Hamilton you will also find the award winning Curringa Farm, a working wool and cropping property that offers daily tours of this eco-friendly farm, meals, accommodation and the celebrated Royal Danish Sweetheart Cake.http://curringafarm.com.au/
Ask your hosts for more information, or visit derwentvalley.com.au.
Recommendations to Stay
Driftwood Cottages: a diverse selection of deluxe self-contained accommodation options in the Huon Valley and far South about 1 hours drive South of Hobart.
Relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings by the seaside.
Sally WiseCooking School;
A wonderful cooking school, where Sally focuses on seasonal vegetables and fruits from the area. There are many varied classes and it is only a 40 minute drive from us. I highly recommend this experience.http://www.sallywise.com.au/cooking-classes/
Par Avion Helicopter Flights to and from 28 gates
Par Avion in Hobart will take you either on a scenic flight via Hobart or direct to 28 gates and you will land on our property in one of our paddocks and we will come and greet you. Experience the natural beauty of the landscape from the sky and arrive in style! Enquire for availablilty and prices.
28 gates has teamed up with Meadowbank Farm + Vineyard Experience
Taste your way through the history of Meadowbank and Tasmania with your own private Meadowbank Farm + Vineyard Experience.
Meadowbank is the second-oldest, continuously- owned run family vineyard in Tasmania, producing premium fruit for award winning winemakers across the country.Your experience starts in the vineyard, learning about what makes Tasmanian fruit, and Meadowbank fruit in particular so highly sought after, before wandering down to the wine library for what we jokingly call our "How to be a wine snob in 45 mijnutes" Class. Carrying your own favourite wines, return to the vineyard for lunch with your hosts. The surrounding 6000 acres are rich with soils for growing perfecly imperfect fruits and vegetables in, lush with pasture for grazing sheep on, and flowing with pristine waters for growing our Atlantic Salmon - all of which means, lunch is generally sourced from within a short stroll away. Arrive as guests, leave as friends. Cost: $300 per person (upto 6 guests) from 10:15 - 4:30 plus $100 transfer fee per group if needed.
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