Swallows Nest Guest House

Local Attractions

 

Derwent River

Mt Field National Park

Few other national parks in Australia offer such environmental diversity, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, right through to lush rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and eventually to spectacular alpine vegetation at the highest points of the park.

Picnic facilities and the famous Russell Falls are features of the lower section of the park. Stunning walks through colossal fern forests and some of the tallest trees in the world are also available in this area. The upper section of the park is centred at Lake Dobson, a hidden alpine gem surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. A wide variety of Long day walks and fantastic skiing spots are easily accessible from this base.

For more information, please visit www.parks.tas.gov.au


2 metre tall farm bar

Two Metre Tall Brewery

The 'Two Metre Tall' Brewery is a haven for true lovers of all things authentic. Owners Ashley and Jane will warmly welcome you to their 600 hectare working farm, and pour you a pint of their unique hand-made, hand-pumped ale or cider from their aptly named 'Farm Bar'. Beer-Fed Beef sourced from the farm can also be purchased at the brewery, and they're most happy for you to bring picnics. A stone's throw from the historic hop fields at Bushy Park, the Two Metre Tall Brewery grows grain, hops & raise Black Angus/Wagyu cattle, offering a genuinely organic experience.

For more information, please visit www.2mt.com.au


Distillery

Redlands Estate and Distillery

Redlands Distillery is one of only two 'paddock to bottle' single malt whisky distilleries in the world, producing and processing their own barley, and drawing water from 2km of private water frontage along the River Plenty. French oak barrels are also prepared on site, and whisky is left to mature in peace in an historic hop kiln. Redlands Distillery also produces a range of schnapps and liqueurs.

Initiated in 1819, Redlands Estate represents one of the longest running working properties in Australian history. Built from convict labour, the historic farm has navigated a wide variety of agricultural industries, from wool to hops to the barley and subsequent whiskey that we enjoy today. Redlands holds many stories. From the son of the King to bushranger hold-ups; a legendary English smuggler to heroic Boer War horses. It's no wonder that each bottle of Redlands single malt is "history in the making".

For more information, please visit www.redlandsestate.com.au


Salmon Ponds

The Salmon Ponds

The intricate river systems within the Derwent valley, particularly the Tyenna and Plenty Rivers, are famous for their abundant supply of trout. However, not a line could be cast until the first brown and rainbow trout in the southern hemisphere were raised at the Salmon Ponds in 1864. Originally, this hatchery was built to receive salmon eggs sent from England, hence the name. Subsequent attempts to stock Tasmanian river systems with Salmon proved to be unsuccessful, and so the Salmon Ponds turned to trout. The trout quickly became established throughout the State's lakes and streams, forming the origin of Tasmania's legendary trout fishing.

Today, aside from continuing to produce the base stock of trout for surrounding river systems, The salmon ponds offers a rich experience of the angling industry from past to present. Visitors can wander the historic, picturesque grounds, feeding the spectacular 'trophy fish' housed in large ponds containing a variety of species, some weighing up to 8 kilograms. Guests may also enjoy traditional European style crepes whilst overlooking the tranquil gardens at the licenced restaurant, 'Pancakes by the Ponds'. Alternatively, Barbeque facilities are also available alongside the River Plenty.

For more information, please visit www.salmonponds.com.au


Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing

The Derwent Valley is indeed a mecca for angling enthusiasts, and with over 500,000 fish being released into the river systems each season, it is no wonder. For the intrepid angler, vast areas of National Park and World Heritage Areas contain excellent trout waters. These areas enable the outdoor enthusiast to combine trout fishing with bushwalking for the ultimate wilderness experience. Wild trout can be caught in crystal clear waters surrounded by spectacular natural scenery; an experience complimented by a wealth of easily navigated access points. Such ease of access allows anglers to target a variety of trout and salmon at a single water or at several waters within just one day.

For more information, please visit www.ifs.tas.gov.au


Wineries

Wineries

Tasmania's food and wine experiences spring from its pristine water and pure air and the skill of its growers and makers, producing truly stunning wines. Australia's southern island is widely recognised as the home of premium sparkling wine production in Australia; with mild summers and long autumn days, the climate is remarkably similar to those of the most famous European wine regions.

The Derwent Valley represents a significant portion of the Southern Tasmanian viticultural industry, offering a rich variety of terrain and experiences. From the here, you are impeccably placed to embark on a day tour of the southern wine regions. These regions are rich with variety. Ranging from architecturally designed, modern restaurants to quaint heritage-listed cottages, these local cellar doors are well worth the visit.

For more information, please visit www.winetasmania.com.au


Agragarian Kitchen

The Agrarian Kitchen

Established in 2009, the Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school offering paddock-to-plate experiences located only 20 minutes from Swallows Nest. The property is a working farm and incorporates an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden, all grown using organic principles. The school grows and uses heirloom varieties of fruit, vegetables and rare breed animals in its cooking classes and also sources ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisanal producers in order to maintain a truly authentic, wholesome experience.

Cooking classes are led by Rodney Dunn, former Food Editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian Chef, Tetsuya Wakuda, as well as an impressive supporting cast of Tasmanian cooks and producers.

For more information, please visit www.theagrariankitchen.com