Join us for a tour of the “Apple Isle” in the autumn when the days are still warm and the trees a returning. Meet inspiring families pushing the boundaries in a diverse range of innovative agricultural and horticultural enterprises. Enjoy sampling fresh regional produce from the land and from the sea and visit some of the vineyards and distilleries that define the entrepreneurial spirit of Tasmania. In the north, see Australasia’s largest dairy operation. Down south, wander among the stalls of the makers, growers and producers at the popular Salamanca Market, before experiencing Tasmania’s rich convict heritage at Port Arthur. With traditional livestock operations, plus whisky and wine, berries and bulbs, oysters, trout and salmon, timber and engineering works, this tour offers an interesting and fascinating look at life in Australia’s most southerly state.
- Beautiful Tasmania in autumn!
- Visits to leading family owned livestock, farming and horticulture operations
- Aquaculture enterprises, including trout, salmon and oysters
- Successful family owned bulb and cut flower and berry growing farms
- Historic Woolnorth, incorporating Australasia’s largest dairy operation and green energy farm
- Hellyers Road Distillery and Brown Brothers Tamar Ridge winery and vineyard
- Salamanca Market and the historic sights of Hobart, plus a half day trip to Port Arthur
TOUR LEADER – Hugh MacTier
Prior to attending Marcus Oldham Agricultural College, Hugh spent three years jackerooing in central Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. He then spent seven years managing the development of a commercial and stud cattle and prime lamb property in central Victoria, followed by a year at Roseworthy Agricultural College. Hugh then moved to Tasmania to take up a two-year contract property management position, prior to purchasing grazing land on Flinders Island and establishing a rural contracting business. After selling up in 2015, Hugh and his wife, Anne, moved to the Tamar Valley in Tasmania’s north to grow wine grapes. Trekking in the UK, Canada and Patagonia and professional bushwalk guiding in Tasmania, central Queensland and southwest Western Australia over the last 16 years have been core interests.