TULIP TIME

TULIPS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

TULIPS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

It’s getting close to tulip time again on Table Cape. During the month of October the area explodes into dazzling carpets of tulips across the rich, volcanic farmlands. (See some of my amateur photos.)

Our neighbours at the iconic Table Cape Tulip Farm, the Roberts-Thomson family, are already in preparation for a massive influx of local, interstate and overseas visitors to their beautiful property.  It’s a mecca for tourists, and especially photographers, who return every year to stroll through the spectacularly colourful fields – possibly the largest in the southern hemisphere that you can actually wander through. Tiptoeing through these tulips could not be lovelier.

The tulip shed is filled with glorious displays, there’s art for sale and “Tunes in the Tulips” (October 6 this year) is a fabulous community event in the shed.

The Tulip Farm is open for visitors this year from 26th September until end of October.

The annual Wynyard Tulip Festival is also a popular drawcard to the area -  Held on the Inglis River foreshore, it promises a day of festivities, art, craft, market stalls and music and a fireworks display in the evening.  

This year’s Festival is on Saturday October 12.

So time to think about your accommodation.  It’s the very best and most popular time of year to visit the area so finding accommodation can be difficult if you leave it to the last minute.  If you’re looking for somewhere very special to stay in luxury boutique accommodation, Table House with four king bedrooms with ensuites is perfect for four couples.  Nothing could be more special than tiptoeing through the tulips with your friends.

RIBBONS OF COLOURFUL TULIPS

RIBBONS OF COLOURFUL TULIPS

TULIP DISPLAY IN THE TULIP SHED

TULIP DISPLAY IN THE TULIP SHED

AN ARRAY OF DISPLAY IN THE TULIP SHED

AN ARRAY OF DISPLAY IN THE TULIP SHED

WATERFALLS IN WINTER

If you love waterfalls, there are lots of exciting waterfalls in Tasmania and there are quite a few in close proximity to our property.  Just recently we decided to visit Guide Falls again (about half an hour from Table House).  In dryer times you can actually swim beneath the falls - as our kids did in January. They absolutely loved it. It’s hard to believe it’s the same waterfall now. There’s been so much rain (which of course makes all the waterfalls way more exciting) and the water is just thundering down.   You should take a picnic with you and make a day of it. I’m told nearby Sanderson Falls and St George’s Falls are also worth a visit. We didn’t know about them until after our visit but we’ll be sure to visit them on our next trip out there.

 Dip Falls (about 50 minutes away) is equally spectacular. You need to take a picnic there too as there are no cafes anywhere nearby. There’s an excellent stairway which has been constructed down the side of the falls so you can get to see them from all angles.

GUIDE FALLS IN JANUARY

GUIDE FALLS IN JANUARY

DIP FALLS AFTER THE RAINS

GUIDE FALLS IN JULY

GUIDE FALLS IN JULY

AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER AT TABLE HOUSE

This weekend we had a fabulous photographer to stay at Table House. Jocelyn Flint is a “postie” and a cowgirl from the wild west coast of Tasmania. She delivers the mail on the West Coast and droves cattle - never without her camera. A few year’s ago her photography won her a trip to ride horses in Mongolia. Last year she won the Advocate Newspaper’s annual Snapshots competition, winning a night’s accommodation at Table House for 8 people (not quite as exotic as horse-riding in Mongolia!). It was her husband’s 60th so they came to celebrate with 3 other couples. (Table House is the perfect place to celebrate milestone events). She’s a cracker of a character and she took some cracker shots around Table House Farm which she very kindly has allowed me to share here. She is quite a woman - aside from being a brilliant photographer. She featured in Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island Festival this year in a series of very short films entitled “Women of the Island”.

Alan was also very pleased to learn they were a bunch of mad keen AFL Swans’ supporters. ( He’s been a Swans’ junkie for ever.) They watched the footy all afternoon before celebrating into the early hours of the next morning - despite the Swans loss to Essendon!

TABLE HOUSE - LUXURY ACCOMMODATION TASMANIA
TABLE HOUSE TASMANIA BY NIGHT
TABLE HOUSE COCKTAIL LOUNGE
SUNSET DRINKS AT TABLE HOUSE TASMANIA
NUTBALL THE LOVABLE REFUGEE DOG FROM TENNESSEE
SUNSET FROM TABLE HOUSE FARM TASMANIA
SUNRISE FROM MASTER BEDROOM - LUXURY ACCOMMODATION TASMANIA
MORNING VIEW ACROSS BASS STRAIT - TABLE HOUSE FARM
SYDNEY SWANS - BIG 60 BIRTHDAY CAKE

WINTER SOLSTICE SUNRISE

It’s that time of year again when the winter solstice sunrises are an absolute treat.  This year we had a bunch of Millennials and Xennials (most of them journos from Canberra and Sydney) staying at Table House. I offered them a champagne breakfast if they would arise in time to watch this significant event (actually the day after the true solstice sunrise but close enough to count).  The deal was they had to be up and about by 6.15 am ready to watch from the very first red streak on the horizon to the minute the sun bursts out of Bass Strait at 7.40 am precisely.   Sure enough, they all emerged, mostly still in their PJs.  Only problem was, I hadn’t reckoned on the Matildas playing for Australia at the soccer World Cup in France at the same time which totally clashed with my solstice sunrise event. Nevertheless most of them were keen enough to be lured from the nail-biting finale of the World Cup to take pics and drool over the brilliance of the morning.