A small seaside village on the north coast of Tasmania that is a centre for scallop, trout and lobster fishing industries. Bridport has become a very popular holiday location with the population increasing markedly in summer. It has beaches, swimming, sailing and other water sports. A ferry operates from Bridport to Flinders Island. Where is it?: Bridport is 85 km north east of Launceston, on Anderson Bay, Bass Strait.
CWA MARKET, Bridport. Trading: 2nd Saturday of the month – 9am – 2pm Type: General, Other. Phone: (03) 6356 1474
Bridport Wildflower Reserve is part of Granite Point Conservation Area, where walking tracks lead through the reserve to Adams Beach. The flower reserve boasts one of the best displays of heath flowers in spring. The rocks of the Reserve are the same Devonian granites that occur from Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, through the Furneaux Islands and down Tasmania’s East Coast.
One of the most beautiful sights in Tasmania during December and January is Bridestowe Lavender Estate at Nabowla. After four years of intensive restoration, the famous landmark property is a stunning showcase for the agricultural and technical excellence that made Bridestowe a benchmark for fine lavender oil throughout the world.
Barnbougle Dunes (3 km north east) is a hidden gem and home to one of the world’s top Links golf courses. The golf links, built on undulating coastal dunes, is the work of famed golf architect Tom Doak and Australia’s Michael Clayton. The breathtaking landscape upon which the course has been created mirrors the wild coastal links courses of Scotland and Ireland and as Barnbougle continues to develop with age it looks set to follow in the footsteps of these great courses. Barnbougle Dunes has been ranked the No.1 public course in Australia and No.7 in the world. With its red basalt soil and a cool climate moderated by the proximity of Bass Strait, the small but significant Pipers Brook boutique wine region (26 km east) was established in 1974. With a climate close to that of Champagne in France, it is known simply as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’. Many of Tasmania’s premium sparkling wines originate here. It is particularly suited to the aromatic white varieties.
Flinders Island Ferry
A weekly ferry operates (departing Monday) from Bridport in Tasmania’s northeast to Lady Barron on Flinders Island, continuing to Port Welshpool in Victoria on demand. A return trip to Flinders Island from Bridport costs $97 per person. To take a vehicle costs from $515 to $926 (including driver), prices varying with vehicle size. The journey takes 8½ hours one way; bookings essential (four to six weeks in advance). Southern Shipping Company, Main St, Bridport. Ph (03) 6356 3333. Website >>