Tasmanian Writers’ Retreat with Maggie MacKellar – August 2016

For those looking for an escape to finally write that book – (with some professional help!) look no further. Sharon and Pauline from Me Time Experiences are running a Writers’ Retreat at Brockley Estate in August – details on the flyer, or download from this link here:

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Final Winter Pop-up Restaurant – this Saturday the 25th July

Foodies and friends! Our final Pop-Up for the Winter will take place this Saturday.

We’ve had great support this Winter and wonderful feedback, so don’t worry, this isn’t the last one ever.

We have availability for only 8 more guests so if you want to come do get in contact ASAP.

All the details you need, including the menu for this weekend is on our Pop-Up Restaurant page: brockleyestate.com.au/pop-up_restaurant

Ready for the next pop-up

Ready for the next pop-up

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Ready for our next Pop-Up


Now that the conservatory is toasty warm all year we can seat 16 here and 12 in the dining room.

Having just cooked up a storm for a full house on Saturday, we’re planning the next Pop-Up for the 25th of July.

As always, the menu is a secret until a few days before, but I can tell you that the theme will be East Coast of Spain comes to the East Coast of Tassie.

Sign up for the Pop-up mailing list at www.brockleyestate.com.au/pop-up_restaurant

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Pop-Up Restaurant at Brockley – Limited time, limited seats!

For the Winter months we’ll be running a pop-up restaurant on the weekends.

We now have award-winning Tasmanian chef (and local!) Kurstin Berryman at Brockley, working with Chaxi in the kitchen. They’ll work as a team, serving up wonderful seasonal menus using the best Tasmanian ingredients so you can enjoy the finest dining in our beautiful country house.

We will also be offering discounted room rates on those evenings, so if you don’t want to play ‘scissors-paper-stone’ for the drive back to the shack at Orford, this is the option for you.

  • For the uninitiated we always run a 3 course set menu at Brockley and this will be published shortly before the date on our pop-up restaurant page.
  • Available dates are published on the web page: brockleyestate.com.au/pop-up_restaurant/ – the next date is July the 4th 2015.
  • On the same page is a sign up form so you can be included in the email shot for each pop-up date.
  • Bookings for our shared tables are essential and strictly subject to availability.
  • It will be a set menu with a vegetarian option, so you’ll need to tell us any dietary requirements when you request a booking.

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Festival of Voices: Deborah Conway and Co-Cheól coming to Buckland and staying at Brockley

Hi all,

Don’t miss the big event in Buckland in the 18th of July and please note the Spanish brunch! We still have a couple of rooms available if you want to mingle with some famous people.

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Download a hi-res flyer to print and put on your fridge here: Festival of Voices Flyer

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Tasmanian Writers’ Retreat with Maggie MacKellar

For those looking for an escape to finally write that book – (with some professional help!) look no further. Sharon and Pauline from Me Time Experiences are running a Writers’ Retreat at Brockley Estate in May – details on the flyer, or download from this link here:

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Fancy some glamping? Fractangular Music Festival – Feb 6th to 9th 2015 – 5 days left

Standard pricing: $798 per person including GST

Package price: $660 per person including GST

Includes for two people:

  • 2 nights accommodation (Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of February) in the Marble or Best Bedchamber at Brockley Estate with full breakfast both mornings – value $538
  • 2 Adult tickets to the festival – value $260


This one certainly isn’t for everyone, but once a year, Brockley’s next-door neighbours hold a music festival rather like Glastonbury used to be (except without the rain we hope!)

So, you’re keen on the festival but your partner doesn’t want to camp?

Featuring 3 stages ranging from doof and electronica to unplugged acoustics, well, why don’t we let Alison and Sean from Fractanular explain it their way:

“Fractangular Gathering is a three day open air collaborative arts festival held in South-East Tasmania.

 It is a fusion of alternative electronic and acoustic music genres with visual, performing arts and electronic media.

A platform for networking, collaboration, participation, artistic exposure, experience, and cultural development within Tasmania and Australia for artists and the wider community.

 The Fractangular ethos is to enrich Tasmania’s cultural content as well as increase awareness and importance of the arts, health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and community connectedness.

 The Fractangular experience includes local, interstate and international artists across three music stages ranging in genres such as electro-swing, dub-reggae, roots, jazz infused gypsy, bohemia, Balkan, folk rock, stomp-rock, blues, soul, progressive, minimal, psytrance, techno, glitch and more.

 A stellar Performing arts program including cabaret, street performance, circus, puppetry, clown, comedy, burlesque and more.

 A core workshops program including circus skills, visual arts, electronic music production, health and wellbeing and more. To top it off is the market precinct, a buzzing hub of food, arts, crafts, clothes, incense, performers, coffee, a kid’s bush playground as well as The Velveteen Lounge and bar.”

More information here: http://www.fractangular.com.au/index.html

We still have availability, so contact us directly – reservations@brockleyestate.com.au or call Julian on 0420357951


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Shearing – we leave the biggest to last.


David and Buster shearing one of the big White Suffolk rams. They always leave the big fellas until last. Notice it takes two strong men to get the job done. Greg and Ross get ready for the next one behind with Stacey observing.

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Quirky stylish images #2

Chengcheng (AKA Small Shell) sent me one last set of images to follow on from the ones here: https://www.brockleyestate.com.au/blog/2014/10/quirky-stylish-images/

Great photos and popular judging from the response on Facebook. Follow the link on the images to take you to her account on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter/Facebook. Her Weibo name is: Small Shell

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Quirky stylish images

We had a lovely group from northern China yesterday (it gets to between -20ºC and -30ºC in winter there!) There was a photographer, a fashion designer, an industrial designer and a woodcutter. We really enjoyed the photos that they took. This is Chengcheng the fashion designer, also on her honeymoon, posing in the pictures.

Thank you Chengcheng for letting me post your pictures..

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