Over the last few months one of my new favourite things to do is to take an interstate day trip around Australia. It all started when I found my dream wedding dress in Brisbane, and me, my mum and my sister flew up to Brisbane just for the day to have a look (and buy it). We had such a great day, completely different to our normal routine, and then returned back to Melbourne in the evening to make it to work on time the next day. Getting away, even if it’s just for one day can make such a big difference to my state of mind and has been such a game changer over the last few months of hectic wedding planning. And with low cost airlines, sometimes interstate flights, especially to close destinations such as Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania from Melbourne, can cost you less than a night out! So why not?!
The most recent interstate day trip I took was to Launceston, Tasmania. It was my first visit to the tiny Australian island of Tasmania, which was exciting. I made the trip with my mum, who was completely in the dark the whole time about where we were going. I wanted it to be a surprise! That’s one of the best things about travelling with my mum, even on a day trip, she’s up for anything and has complete faith that I’m going to plan a great day for us.
We arrived at Bridestowe Lavender Estate at about lunch time after an easy 45 minute drive from the main town of Launceston. It was just so pretty. The flowers were in full bloom with rows and rows of stunning purple flowers as far as the eye can see with the stunning backdrop of Mount Arthur in the background. The whole estate is over 260 acres and is the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. With an estimated 650,000 plants the lavender rows stretch over about 200 kilometres in total, meaning you can always find the perfect private place to take your photos and take a minute to appreciate the beauty of this cute little farm.
If you’re looking for an afternoon tea snack, there is absolutely every kind of lavender treat you could think of. From lavender ice-cream served from a picture perfect old-school ice-cream truck, to lavender cookies, muffins and scones, and lavender infused tea, there is something for everyone (as long as you like lavender)! Make sure you take a good walk through the gift shop on your way out, there are so many hidden gems (infused with lavender of course) to be found in there. One of the best things I found there was The Lavender Collection Sleep Balm, which has been fantastic for calming me down and helping me sleep when I am stressed out.
The flower season at the Lavender Farm can vary between November and February, so it’s always a good idea to hop onto their website or social media accounts before your visit, to check that the plants are in bloom! While the estate is still beautiful in the colder months of the year, you wouldn’t want to make the journey out when the flowers are not in bloom if you’re hoping for purple fields. The staff at Bridestowe keep visitors informed with information and pictures about what’s going on at the farm and when is the best time to come in each season.
Entry costs $10 per person during flower season, which includes a complimentary guided tour from December 1st. Guided tours run between 9:30am and 3:30pm every hour on the half hour. If you’re a Friend of Bridestowe or a local Tasmanian resident you can visit the beautiful gardens for free all year round! Bridestowe is open from 9am – 5pm from September through to April and 10am to 4pm the rest of the year. If you’re visiting Launceston you definitely have to visit this unique estate for a little bit of France in the Tasmanian hinterland.
Bridestowe Lavender Estate
296 Gilespie Road
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