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Cradle Country

Where to go, what to see

Walking:

  • Take a leisurely stroll around Cradle Country Farm – pat the ponies, visit the geese, feed the chooks.  See the local pair of wedge tail eagles soaring majestically across the sky, spot the bunnies, the wallabies and the native hens dart across the paddocks.
  • Walk through the Truffiere and sit for a while under the shade of the oak trees or to the top of the hill to take in the panorama of rolling hills with the rugged Mount Roland as the backdrop.
  • Wander a little further down the country lane through the Hamlet of Lower Barrington to visit the local 100yo church which welcomes folk from all around to join their service every Sunday
  • Prepare a picnic and wander down to the farm dam to watch the geese and wild ducks, kookaburras, Currawong, finches, fairy wrens, galahs, white and black cockatoos, grey and white Goss hawks, herons, native water fowl and egrets.  Listen to the frogs calling or just lay back and admire the pinks, greys and blues which make up the pallet of the ever changing skies.
  • Walk around the walled fruit orchard and pick an apple, cherry, pear, kiwi fruit, peach, nectarine or any number of fruits that may be in season
  • Stroll around or sit for a while in the formal house gardens which have something to delight in every season.  

Vineyard, Winery, Beer & Cider Tours

Head out for the day to taste test Tasmania’s premier wines, ciders and beers all within a short scenic drive from Cradle Country Farm.  Visit them all or sit and relax a while for a fine platter of local gourmet produce.  (Ask your host, Jen, for the map to find your way to Tasmania’s premier wine, beer and spirit region)

Indulge:

  • Barringwood Park vineyard – excellent cool climate wines – free tasting at the cellar door – all local produce lunch on offer – magnificent views to Bass Strait (recommended for lunch)
  • Spreyton Cider Co.  – Growing apples in the region for over 100 years, Spreyton Cider boasts the purest cider in Tasmania.  Call into their cellar door for a free tasting
  • Blustery Banks Vineyard –  grown in the Spreyton valley, Blustery Banks is a local favourite for cool climate wines, especially the Chardonnays – free tasting at the cellar door – shop full of local gourmet produce and fresh Tasmanian apples at around 50c per kilo: definitely worth a visit
  • Seven Sheds Brewery - Famous for its Kentish Ales – Cellar door tastings in Railton – Try the Willie Warmer, a divine dark stout to warm the pallet
  • Lake Barrington vineyard – specialising in sparkling wines – set on magnificent grounds beside picturesque Lake Barrington
  • Wilmot Hills Vineyard – Producer of fine wines, ciders and spirits – free tasting at the cellar door
  • Ghost Rock Vineyard and Winery – Free tastings at the cellar door – magic spot for all day dining, lunch and dinner – Home of Master Chef celebrity cook, Ben Milbourne’s long table dinners (Recommended for meals)
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Short drives

Cradle Country Farm is ideally situated to explore the many interesting, quirky, scenic and inspiring attractions that make up the Cradle Country touring route.

Why not take off for the day to Cradle Mountain and Lake Saint Clair?  Famous Cradle Mountain National Park is a World Heritage Area, a scenic 45 minute drive with Mount Roland dominating the landscape at every turn - a photographer’s delight!

Suggestions:

Within 10 minutes

  • Tasmanian Arboretum – parkland walks filled with many exotic as well as endemic flora and fauna.  Sit by the lake and watch the platypuses swim and forage (ask your host to provide a picnic hamper or call into the café at the park)
  • Sheffield – the town of murals - including Mural Park, home of the current Muralfest entries
  • Railton – the town of topiary
  • Latrobe – the quirkiest shopping and cafes – excellent walks and parks, museums 
  • Tasmazia - home of the world's largest maze, and a multiple winner of Tasmanian tourism awards
  • Reliquaire in Latrobe - a truly eclectic mixture of antiques, toys, collectibles, science gadgets and food
  • Lake Barrington, for a spot of trout fishing or watching the events at the International Rowing Course

Within 15 minutes

  • Devonport – magic shoreline with great walks – a visit to Mrs Jones’ restaurant or S’il vous plait French café will delight for lunch or dinner
  • Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm – gorge on berries grown on the farm and enjoy a leisurely lunch in their lovely café
  • Anvers Chocolate Factory – a magnificent old federation house is home to the famous Belgian chocolate sensation – let your taste buds do the walking
  • Ashgrove Cheese Factory – free cheese tasting – buy your cheese directly from the factory
  • Wilmot’s quirky letterboxes – Be enchanted by the imagination and engineering prowess of the residents of Wilmot – it is a must see!