Mara Ponds Retreat

where to eat & stay
Tin Dragon Trail Cottages--links

Of course when driving towards Launceston we recommend you stop in Scottsdale for irresistible 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. Try Tasmania's newest craft beer at Little Rivers Brewing Co opposite the Bakery. There’s a great selection of Tassie beers & wines 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 small local country markets, too. Just ask us!

How about catching your dinner? Try something different. Recent guests caught a fabulous salmon at Mountain Stream Fishery—They had fun catching it and really enjoyed their BBQ of fresh salmon and just-picked salad. Of course washed down with a chilled crisp Brook Eden Pinot Gris. Great day out! The guys at the fishery will prepare the fish for you, too. You only need to take an esky with ice.


If we are fully booked you might like to stay at the other great accommodation in Branxholm: Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, Cloverlea Gardens Bed and Breakfast or Branxholm Lodge.

When staying in Launceston, we recommend you enjoy the independence of a serviced apartment with the discrete attention of a B&B at the Atrium Apartment, which is located just a few minutes walk from the heart of the Launceston CBD.

When travelling along Tasmania's spectacular East Coast we recommend staying at self-contained Sandpiper Ocean Cottages—just 30 minutes from Freycinet Penninsula. Each cottage has absolute beach frontage. To explore Tasmania's convict history at Port Arthur you will find convenience and comfort at the self-contained Port Arthur Villas.

When heading into the central wilderness areas of Tasmania you can explore the Great Western Tiers near Deloraine by staying in eco accommodation provided by Forest Walks Lodge—a guest house providing on-suite rooms and gourmet meals. While you are here you will find fresh local produce including salmon and trout grown by 41 Degree South. For luxury indulgence you may enjoy viewing Mount Roland near Sheffield while staying at self-contained Eagles Nest Retreat—pamper your senses, mind, body & soul...

To explore Cradle Mountain we recommend you stay at Cradle Chalet, just 20 km from Cradle Mountain National park. While you are there dine in. You'll be pleased you did!

Phone: +61 3 6354 6133| Mara Ponds 1366 Warrentinna Rd Branxholm TAS 7261|  rodandtracywright(at)| Website designed by Christine Booth © 2014