Activities

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Brockley is the perfect place to relax and explore Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. The 10,000 acre property is conveniently situated within easy reach of the Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet and the Midlands. Explore the back roads to all of these places. Visit our unfrequented local white sand beaches. Or just spend a leisurely afternoon in our canoe on the river fishing for brown or rainbow trout.

Don’t forget that Hobart is less than an hour away, so it’s practical to stay with us and see the city during the day, including, of course, an unforgettable visit to MONA.

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)

From Brockley, it’s 55 minutes to the wharf at Hobart to take the ferry to MONA – the best way to arrive. We can help you ensure you have your tickets already and can jump the queue.

Maria Island

The ferry to Maria Island departs from Triabunna, just 20 minutes away. Spend a day on the island and return in the evening for delicious gourmet food and wine. See our special package offer here.

Vineyards

Visit the local vineyards – our friendly neighbours at Darlington Vineyard are just 10 minutes away and are well worth a visit. We can provide you with a map and a suggested route for visiting other local vineyards further up the coast.

Cyclists and Motorcyclists

We cater for bikers with or without engines. Bear in mind that Brockley Road is 2km of smooth gravel road. We have plenty of space to store your gear, secure parking for your vehicles and equipment to wash the dirt from your travels if you wish.

Working Farm

Once you leave the house, there’s 10,000 acres of property to explore. Brockley is situated in the middle of a working sheep and cattle farm. See the animals being shifted by the working dogs, and admire the newborn lambs and Hereford calves in springtime. If you’re lucky it might be shearing time and you are welcome to watch from a safe distance.

Convict Road

During the day, explore the grounds and take a walk along the convict built stage coach road, now disused and part of the property. This magnificently engineered pioneer highway runs from the front door of the house 8km to Orford. The walk is an unspoiled and unique experience – it takes you through private bushland following the wide Prosser River through Paradise Gorge to the sea. Keep a lookout for wildlife and Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles – there are several pairs on our property. Convict built bridges, walls and culverts are visible all along the way.

You’ll need stout walking boots to negotiate it, but it’s an unforgettable experience. Grab a map and follow our markers and see if you can find the ruins of the old convict prison, perhaps ironically called Paradise. Why not arrange a lift back before you go?

Birding

We have a long list of the birds spotted on Brockley – regular sights are falcons, hawks and Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles as well as an occasional Sea Eagle and the rare Swift Parrot. We even have a family of pheasants! Contact us for an extensive list, or pack your binoculars and make a booking!

We can arrange for a local expert to come with you to help identify our local birds and plants.

Wildlife

Brockley Estate is home to most of Tasmania’s best known native animals, including wallabies, quolls, ecuidnas, wombats and of course the world famous Tasmanian devil. With luck, you will see one of the several shy platypuses that live in the Prosser River, only a few hundred metres from the house.

Day Trips