Redlands Estate is a fascinating place, steeped in Australian history. It's one of the most well-known rural estates and encapsulates a lot of what Tassie tourism is all about.
Peter Hope and his wife Elizabeth bought the rundown Redlands Estate in 2008 after falling in love during a visit to the region, determined to restore the house and farm to full glory.
According to Peter, the estate was originally a land grant to George Frederick Read, the outcast son of King George IV, and one of the first people to set up trade links between Australia and China.
During our visit Peter shows us a beautiful big magnolia tree, the oldest in Australia, and then on to the convict-built water canals around the farm – the oldest such canal system in Australia.
Convicts also built all the buildings on the farm, with approximately half a million bricks used.
The gardens of the estate are quite lovely. It is possible to take a stroll through the gardens, or take advantage of one of the guided tours.
A unique memento from a visit to Redlands is your own loaf of sourdough bread, made and baked yourself in Australia’s oldest bake house - built 12 years before Port Arthur.
The farm shop also sell sourdough loaves, free from preservatives, chemicals and bleaching agents, using wheat grown on the farm.
And very soon you’ll be able to get Redlands whiskey from their own distillery - one of only two distilleries in the world where they actually grow their own barley.
They have only just started to distill, and are in partnership with the legendary Bill Lark - the grandfather of the whisky industry in Tasmania – allowing them to control every aspect of production, from growing to distilling.
With so much to see and do at Redlands Estate, we guarantee that a visit will be well worth it! Redlands Estate is in Plenty, which is about a 35 minute drive from Hobart.
To find out more, visit: www.discovertasmania.com.au