After waking at 5am aboard Spirit of Tasmania, getting organised and finally, driving off into the Tasmanian sunrise, we found ourselves with 3 hungry munchkins in the back seat of the Patrol. Luckily for us, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm was the first stop of our Tasmanian Itinerary. The café is situated between Elizabeth Town and Deloraine along the Bass Highway, which is only a short, scenic drive from Devonport. We’d been teased with stories of amazing Tasmanian produce via the tales of other travellers we met along the way, and the food on The Spirit had given us a wonderful insight into what to expect of Tasmania’s local food, yet we had no idea of the treat we were in store for here.
Established in 1984, the café caters to travellers, as well as locals, hosting events and special occasions in its spacious grounds. From the moment we stepped inside the front door we were tempted by delicious goodies waiting to be taken home to delight.
The decision on what to have for breakfast didn’t come easily, with an array of raspberry delicacies begging to be ordered.
The winners were:
Chocolate, raspberry French toast, which Amahli talked about for the entire day, overjoyed at being allowed to eat chocolate for breakfast.
Byron ordered a croissant with raspberry jam, and Jackson the home made crumpets with raspberry jam and cream.
For myself, I couldn’t go past the poached eggs, with fried tomato and mushroom with wilted spinach and raspberry hollandaise sauce, I just can’t tell you how tasty it was, you’re going to have to come and try it for yourself!
Matt’s choice was The Morning Craving, pancakes topped with grilled banana, bacon, cheese and raspberry jam. I was a little envious looking over at his plate, I could have tried everything listed on the menu.
While we were relaxing over our gorgeous, tasty breakfast, Matt spotted some really large bees out the window and couldn’t resist going to explore. We were told they were bumble bees, and everyone was a little amused by his explorations, but it paid off with this gorgeous photo.
The café is set on such a lovely property that we couldn’t resist taking a short walk around the lake to help burn off some of our breakfast, and we were delighted to discover the original farm house and take a look at the raspberry bushes being harvested.
For those travelling with a caravan, there’s plenty of space to park in the carpark just opposite the gate, it’s well signposted so you’ll be sure to find somewhere easy to pull up.
*Disclaimer, we were guests of the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, but all opinions, reviews and thoughts are our own, honest thoughts.