The Blooming Tasmania & Launceston Flower Show Longer Break runs from 19 – 29 September 2017.  A fully guided tour with 11 days of amazing garden visits, 4 star accommodation, return airfares and most meals. Download the brochure

Woolmers Estate

History, architecture and beautiful gardens are on offer today as we explore the stunning countryside around Launceston with our first visit of the day to Woolmers Estate and National Rose Garden.

Woolmers Estate is a unique and fascinating reflection of colonial life in Tasmania and is one of the most historically significant heritage properties in Australia. The Estate displays an accurate depiction of Tasmanian heritage, preserved and maintained in an original and authentic setting, from establishment in 1817, by Thomas Archer 1st, to the last descendant, Thomas Archer 6th in 1994.

The array of extant buildings, including family houses, workers cottages, former chapel, blacksmith’s shop, stables, bakehouse, pump house, gardener’s cottage etc, provides an insight into the social structure of a colonial pastoral estate. At an estate of this size a virtual small village was formed where up to a 100 people might be living and working at one time.

The outstanding Rose Garden will not disappoint, and displays all of the recognized rose families and represents one of the finest collections of historic roses in the southern hemisphere, ranging from the earliest European and China roses through to the roses of the twenty first century.

The plan of the Rose Garden is formal and symmetrical and acknowledges the 19th Century context in which it sits. Some of the beds are planted in such a way that the visitor can enjoy an educational experience, with each variety identified by a nameplate.

The kitchen garden is not to be missed as it adds considerably to the horticultural diversity and visitor interest of the garden as well as reminding visitors that large self-dependent rural estates once relied on their own gardens for fruit, herbs and vegetables to sustain the community.

Brickendon Longford

Our next visit is to nearby Brickendon Estate. A rich tapestry of early Tasmanian history is encapsulated at Brickendon.  Immerse yourself in the incredible story of the Archer family, assigned convicts, free workers and the beginnings of Australia’s pastoral and agricultural industry.

Brickendon is one of Tasmania’s oldest farming properties, settled in 1824 by William Archer, the farm has been continuously operated and lived on by his direct descendants, now in their 7th generation.

In July 2010, Brickendon Estate along with its neighbouring property, Woolmers Estate were listed jointly as a World Heritage Site being part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

The two Estates are regarded as the most significant rural estates in Australia having the second largest number of convict workers and still retaining a living history from early European settlement to the present day.

The stunning rural landscape, magnificent heritage gardens, amazing collection of convict constructed buildings, family history and memorabilia are all to be enjoyed by our visitors and cottage guests.

Estate Gardens

The gardens include one of the most unusual collections of trees in a private garden in Australia. Trees of these species and age are found together nowhere else in Tasmania, apart from the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Majestic oaks, elms, pines, cedars, yews and lindens encircle the gardens providing a private world for the Archers, but open for all to enjoy.

The first William Archer laid out the garden and shrubberies in the 1830’s.  He designed them in the latest English fashion, the “picturesque”, which created a more natural looking landscape than the manicured lawns and rigid pattern of beds of the previous periods.  Sweeping carriage drives, hawthorn lined driveways, wilderness shrubberies, extensive rose and perennial plantings, all surround the gracious Georgian Homestead – still home to generations of the Archer family.

The gardens feature an amazing variety of annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees as well as old fashioned roses, camellias, hostas, aqualegia, wisteria, clematis, ornamental fruits and the list goes on – just come, spoil your senses!