There's no better time to make a visit to Bridestowe Lavender Estate than December and January, with lavenders reaching their full splendor in these months.
If you're planning on making a trip to Tasmania these festive holidays, make sure to stop by the town of Nabowla, located a few kilometres north east of Launceston, to see these beautiful flowering plants in their prime.
The collection of dried flowers begins mid December, with harvesting for oil production and distillation beginning in January.
The site was established 90 years ago and is said to be the largest lavender plantation in the southern hemisphere.
Self-guided tours are available all year round, with guided tours for groups available by appointment. On a visit to the estate, guests are shown a fantastic audio-visual presentation detailing the site's remarkable history, as well as giving insight into the harvesting and distillation processes.
Spend a summer's day strolling through the magnificent fields, taking cover underneath the two massive Oak trees planted over a hundred years ago or finding brilliant spots in the estate to set up your picnic lunch. For those with less mobility, there is also now a bus tour out into the fields!
If you want a dining experience, pop into the estate's Woodcroft Cafe to enjoy unique, "lavender-inspired" cuisine.
Signature dishes include braised lamb shanks with herb de provence and chicken with mustard and lavender sauce.
You can also opt for a selection of light refreshments, with the Woodcroft Cafe also offering espresso coffee and a range of Bridestowe gourmet teas.
Take a piece of your experience home by purchasing some lavender products from the visitor centre!
New products for December include rhubarb and lavender syrup to drizzle over ice creams, a trio of tiny teddy soaps to add to Christmas stockings and a morning farmhouse candle to fill your home with the wonderful lavender aroma.
Other products include the Bridestowe heat bear, the perfect gift for kids, culinary lavender to use in making cakes, desserts, chocolate and savoury foods, bath and body packs, candles and of course lavender oils.