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Tin Dragon Trail Cottages on the Ringarooma River in North East Tasmania


Where to eat

In Branxholm the Imperial Hotel, 5 minutes from Tin Dragon Cottages, provides great pub meals and the Tuscan Fox serves great value home-style pizzas, while great coffee and cake and lunches are provided in nearby Derby by the Painted Art Café (phone 03 6354 2407, closed for Winter) and Crankit cafe. For evening meals during winter you can't go past The Hub-pizza and beer in Derby. The Branxholm IGA supermarket has a great range for your self-catering requirements. The Winnaleah Hotel is 10mins drive and is open for pub-style meals and pizza.

Taking a drive to the fabulous Bay of Fires you can stop for a cool cider at the historic Welborough Hotel, then taste award-winning old-style cheddar at the Holy Cow café at Pyengana . In St Helens you can select the freshest of local seafood, including crayfish at Salty Seas and purchase fresh local produce from East Coast Village Providore.

In Scottsdale we recommend you stock up with award-winning pastries at The Cottage Bakery, try out new rhubarb treats at House of Rhubarb and have a fabulous fresh coffee at Scottsdale Art Gallery Cafe. Why not try out North East Tasmania’s newest brew at Little Rivers Brewing Co opposite the Bakery? You can also purchase from a good selection of local wines and brews at the Scottsdale Liquor Market in King St.

Then of course there’s all those remarkable cold-climate Tassie wines. Our favourite boutique cool climate wines are at Brook Eden Vineyard at Pipers Brook; and you can sample great local produce at the Lilydale Larder. So much to choose...

There are road-side and farm gate produce stalls too. Just ask us!

How about catching your dinner? Try something different. Our son James caught a fabulous salmon at Mountain Stream Fishery recently—He had fun catching it and we really enjoyed our BBQ of fresh salmon and just-picked salad. We washed this down with a chilled crisp Brook Eden Pinot Gris. Great day out! Did I mention? the guys at the fishery will prepare the fish for you, too. You only need to take an esky with ice.We can lend you an esky, just ask us.

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