Holiday Tips, Lifestyle Tips, Travel tips — February 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm

Getting Away: A Farm Vacation in Tasmania

The first of our new “Getting Away” series, a collection of vacation ideas that go beyond the norm, we’ll look at experiencing life on a working farm while maintaining the relaxation and fun we all look for on our getaways.

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If your idea of an exotic dream vacation includes rolling up your sleeves to pitch in and help shear sheep, get a first-hand look at wool production and learn about sustainable farming, then check out Curringa Farm in Hamilton, Tasmania.

Located an hour north of Hobart, the island’s capital, Curringa Farm sits on 750 acres of rolling hills in the Derwent Valley, and is run by sixth generation farmers, Tim and Jane Parsons, who offer a taste of award winning ecotourism.

While you can spend your days working, paddling a canoe on the property’s Lake Meadowbank and frolicking with the dogs and other farm animals, you also have the luxury of retreating to your four-star cottage, soaking in the jetted tub, then catching a sunset from your private patio. Each roomy cottage comes with a complete kitchen, gas grill and a view of the lake. And you can supplement your larder with homemade treats from Jane’s kitchen.

Although there’s plenty to do around the farm, you won’t want to miss the short drive to Mt. Field National Park, its dense forests crowded with massive ferns. You’ll find a handful of waterfalls, including the main attraction, Russell Falls. This is considered Tasmania’s most diverse national park; it’s a natural wonder of plant diversity that only increases with altitude. While hiking, don’t be surprised if you encounter some of Tasmania’s native marsupials or even a platypus.

Nearby Hobart was founded as a penal colony in the early 1800s. Take a couple days and follow the Convict Trail from Hobart down to the Tasman Peninsula. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is home of the prison that closed in 1877. If you’re brave enough, sign up for the evening ghost tour (you get a lantern). You can purchase a two-day pass that also includes a harbor cruise. After exploring Convict Salt Mines and checking out world class surfing, head back to Hobart and visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park to get a look at a real Tasmanian Devil.

Curringa Farm, 5831 Lyell Hwy., Hamilton, Tasmania, Australia 7140, +61 (03) 62863333 www.curringafarm.com.au, www.discovertasmania.com.au.