Traveling in Tasmania

THE ORIGINAL FRESH-FOOD PEOPLE

Everyone knows that fresh is best, so why not go straight to the source at Fleurtys? This cafe and farm work hand in hand to deliver the freshest possible local produce – think artichokes, rhubarb, raspberries, quinces – direct from the earth and straight to your plate. Just a 30-minute drive south of Hobart through the sleepy hamlets of Woodbridge and Snug (no kidding!), this inviting little world unto itself sits peacefully in tranquil surrounds. The walk from the bush carpark passes banksias and eucalypts before arriving at the contemporary cafe, complete with plenty of windows and outdoor deck from which to take in views of the surrounding bushland and Bruny Island, just offshore. The produce garden’s within sight, too, so you can practically see your meal grown right before your eyes. There are daily seasonal soups and tarts, or try the kangaroo with quince and pepperberry pie, or the earthily rich mushroom bruschetta. If something’s not in season, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in a tasty preserve or chutney. After lunch, take a stroll down various forest paths for a closer look at the farm’s crops and views of Mount Wellington. Look out for sculptures dotted about the place, acquired during the â˜Benchmarking’ exhibition that Fleurtys runs annually, and drop in to see the resident artist in the onsite studio. The native birdlife is abundant (though none of it appears on the menu), and there’s a handy guide for aspiring twitchers. You’ll have earned some afternoon tea walking all those trails, so pop back to the cafe for scones and jam or a seasonal flan, made, of course, with fruit grown the Fleurtys-farm-fresh way.

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