The far reaches of the Bruny Island, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia, are breathtaking—a mix of rugged seascape, eucalyptus forests and grazing land.
Woodlands, a historic homestead, is set on the northern tip of the island, where it takes in 360-degree of land and sea, including the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Storm Bay and the Derwent Estuary. Water is a vital transportation mode for the island as government-funded car ferries connect it to Kettering on the mainland.
Encompassing 248 acres, or about 100 hectares, the farm honors its heritage while being prepared for the future, whether a new owner would like to pursue sheep ranching, winemaking or tourism. With an existing vineyard and olive grove, the stage is set for following a personal passion, creating a dream home or even pursuing development.
The property was established in 1818 when explorer and mariner James Kelly received a land grant.
The existing two-story home, built by Kelly in 1829 and restored by the current owners over two decades, is clad in red brick and has a wraparound porch. It is listed in the Tasmanian Heritage Register.
A fountain-centered formal garden sits off the front door. Inside, wooden details add a vintage charm. Corner windows bring light into the dining area.
A balcony off the second-floor landing provides a lookout point to the sea. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
From various vantage points on the property, one can watch the Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race go by or the New Year’s fireworks show above Hobart’s skyline.
While private, the spread is a short walk to the beaches, jetty and Dennes Point village with its John Wardle-designed cafe and gallery. Woodlands’ native bushlands are home to some 40 species of wild birds.
The asking price for 35 Bruny Island Main Road, North Bruny, Tasmania, Australia, is available on request.
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