BUCKET LIST: BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER FARM IN TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
If only this blog post was a scratch n sniff! But for now, stop what you’re doing and put Bridestowe Lavender Farm in Tasmania, Australia on your bucket list. Located just a short 45 minute drive from Launceston, in the northern top of Tasmania, Bridestowe Lavender Farm has been luring visitors from around the world since 1922 with its manicured fields of fragrant lavender. The Estate harvests true grade French lavender (lavandula angustifolia), which flowers once a year from December to February. The Estate is able to produce the largest producer of lavender oil in the world through the use of qualified apiarists. Their expertise plays an integral role with its first class fertilisation system leading to higher lavender oil yields. Produced in the estate’s distillery, the oil is exported worldwide and is highly prized by leading perfume houses and aromatherapists alike.
Upon arriving at the Farm, my best advice is to get amongst the blossoming fields of aromatic lavender. Allow your senses to be assaulted by the rich, earthy soil and the violet-lit fields that stretch to the horizon. A larger than life evergreen dominates the landscape providing shade from the sun and a sanctuary from the bees – it’s a very popular spot amongst discerning photographers, and you’ll be able to hear the feverish click of cameras as visitors aim their lenses across the field.
The fragrance wafting from the lavender is pleasantly intense. Visitors are asked not to pick the lavender, and even I admit it was very tempting. Kicking the ground gently with my feet, there is an abundance of dried lavender sitting peacefully in the soil. I am sure if you were passionate about lavender, enjoyed the sweet luxury of patience and didn’t care for strange looks fired in your direction, you could fill a potpourri bowl in a short while.
A short stroll from the lavender field lies the Bridestowe Visitors Centre. If you’re strapped for time, you only need to concern yourself with two things here – the lavender ice cream and Bobbie, the prized lavender filled toy bear. Whilst every wall of the Centre has been painstakingly painted in purple and white, it’s not hard to miss the gift shop, which sells everything imaginable from lavender shampoo and conditioner, lavender body wash, lavender tea towels, lavender bathrobes and lavender soaps.
Meandering through the purple and white, I found the highly sought Bobbie bear, which astonishingly causes an annual ruckus on eBay attracting up to $300. As a result the bewildered owners, Jennifer and Robert, no longer sell Bobbie online.
Internationally renowned for its technical and botanical research, Bridestowe Lavender Farm flourishes with lavender season after season – so if you can’t get down this summer to walk through the fields, eat lavender ice cream and grab your very own Bobbie bear, there is always next year!
TRIP NOTES Where: 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla, Tasmania 7260. 45 minute drive east of Launceston. When: 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week from September to April How: 50mins drive north east of Launceston. Coach and car parking is available. Cost: A seasonal entry fee of $7.50 per adult may apply during December 1st to January 31st Contact: Phone +61 (3) 6352 8182 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org