Taking a short cut over the mint !

The Gingerbread Village

Seasons’ Greetings to all

Busy Birdbath


No chance of a bath this morning.

Absolutely full with Honeyeaters

The Purple Kings are ready for harvesting


Harvesting a bumpper crop of purple kings today, following on from the butter beans.

We are also absolutely smothered with cherries, at the moment as well. It has been a wonderfull harvest this year, despite weather conditions.

We are now busy producing a sweet cherry vinegar dressing, for summer salads, as well as developing a cherry & mustard sauce, to accompany our duckling comfit.

All our main courses are accompanied by complimentary fresh local vegetables, most of which grown on site.

We endeavour to grow most of our own produce, however, we do have extreamly  high competition from the native “beasties,”  possum, wallaby & pademelons.

Yes, it is a challenge.

He’s Back !!

Strolling down the driveway

Spotted stolling down the driveway today. Had not seen over the winter period, but very pleased he is still about, after all these years.

Please drive down the lane with caution.

Don’t want him squashed.


Hop picking has started at Bush Park, just fifteen minutes drive from us.
It is the major hop growing area in Tasmania, for local, as well as MAJOR brewers in Australia + O/S.
On a minor scale, in front of “Tynwald”, we can find old varieties, from the hop fields of years gone by, growing wild, natural, no chemicals. How good is that?

One Mini, Micro-Brewer already on to it, sorry folks.

The Christmas Tree has arrived

The Christmas tree arrived and has been dressed up for the festive season.

We have a few spaces left for Christmas Lunch, owing to a cancellation.

Just phone us if you would like to enjoy Christmas Lunch, without the hassles.

We also have a few rooms available over the festive season.

Ring direct for availability, and of course, mention you saw it on our blog, for best rates.

Platypus Sighting

We just take it for granted that platypus are on, or adjacent to the property, most of the time. On our suggestion, one of our house guests came back thrilled to bits on his first sighting.

Thanks, Gerhard, for providing the image. So pleased for you.


Planted at the end of May, now ready for the menu. Just a few, at the moment, but shall be prolific in the next few weeks, something to look forward to, “Mickey Mouse Boots”.
They are busy hiding the white asparagus, currently.

Something else to look forward to, in the not to distant future.
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Dark Mofo

“Dark Mofo”is coming to New Norfolk.

A 15% discount off the advertised rate, for accommodation, if you mention “Dark Mofo”
and we will include a full cooked breakfast in the deal.
Direct bookings only with this offer.
Phone 62 612 667 or Email us at

Australian performance artist, Mike Parr will present “Asylum” in the historic buildings of Willow Court (C 1827), as part of the “Dark Mofo” line up.

The Mona Cat Ferries will travel, for their first time, up the River Derwent to New Norfolk.
NO, they are not scairdy cats, this is a BIG EVENT.

Parr’s performance “Asylum” wil use photos, sound, objects and video in an interactive piece in The Barracks, (the former male maximum security ward for the criminally insane).

The set will be open 24hrs a day, from noon 9th June to 12th June, just a short 72hrs.
So don’t miss it.

The cost of admission to the site during the performance is a mirror, of any kind, to be left behind.

“Asylum” is a MAJOR exhibition and will be one of the highlights of this years festival.

More information on the Festival can be found at

We will be accepting bookings for the restaurant over the Festival period,
but please do book early,to avoid disappointment.