Welcome to the December edition of Explore!
Cover Story | Bridestowe Lavender Estate
December and January are the best months of the year to visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate, one of Tasmania's signature tourism destinations that welcomes thousands of visitors to enjoy 125 acres of picturesque lavender fields.
Located a scenic 45-minute drive from Launceston and situated in the heart of the Tamar Valley Wine Route, Bridestowe Estate is in a perfect position to stop for a walk through the blossoming fields, a light meal and a signature lavender ice cream.
Within a leisurely driving distance you'll discover thriving local wineries, charming country townships, world class golf and adventure facilities as well as the many natural wonders of Tasmania's stunning North East region.
The farm is an iconic piece of Tassie's pioneering history, starting in 1922 when Bridestowe Estate's founder sailed from England to Tasmania with a bag of lavender seeds collected from the French Alps. Bridestowe Estate was soon established to grow premium French lavender in the pristine environment of North East Tasmania. By adapting and refining traditional harvesting and distillation methods, those that you will still see practiced at the farm today, Bridestowe has set the world standard for fine lavender oil ever since.
Bridestowe welcomes visitors 7 days a week to enjoy its award-winning tourism experience, Australian-made lavender products and the spectacular vistas of Australia's largest lavender farm.
The Visitor Centre is open every day, with the café offering a seasonal menu of light meals made with regional produce, and a delicious range of lavender inspired treats including ice creams, scones and pancakes. The adjoining gift shop offers an extensive range of Australian-made lavender products for the bath, body and home, many of which are made onsite at the farm.
A $10 entry fee per adult applies during the flowering season. This includes parking, guided tours that run regularly through the day, and all-day access to 125 acres of blossoming lavender fields.
Self-guided tours are also available for those who prefer to explore at their own pace.
Please check Bridestowe Estate's website, Instagram and Facebook profiles for the current flower status and progress of the harvest.