Mara Ponds Retreat

mud brick cottage

Nearby towns: Branxholm, Derby, Scottsdale, Bridport and St Helens offer a variety of fresh food, eat-in and takeaways, fish and chips, chemists, grocery shops and other shopping opportunities. The pub at Branxholm serves delicious counter meals and takeaways every evening except Sundays.

Nearyby city: With a population of over 100,000, the city of Launceston is a 90 km drive.

Directions from the airport: Turn right out of the airport; continue straight ahead (i.e. straight through any roundabouts) following the signs to LAUNCESTON, until you reach the centre of the city (~12 km). As you approach the city centre you may see a sign directing you to the right to: BRISBANE ST: CITY CENTRE: SCOTTSDALE. Ignore this sign—it will lead you to the maze of one-way streets that constitutes Launceston's CBD. Continue straight ahead; this will take you beneath an overpass with a large sign that directs traffic in the far-left and centre-left lanes to: GEORGE TOWN / LOW HEAD.

Keep in the far-left or centre-left lane (the two right lanes will take you back to the CBD) and continue straight ahead towards George Town. A couple of kilometres past the city you will see a large river on your left. University on the right. Continue straight ahead until you see a turnoff to the right to: ALANVALE: NEWNHAM: (LILYDALE). Take this turn-off. Up the small hill, avoiding any desire to turn off this road. You will pass through one set of traffic lights, with a turn-off to your right. Keep going. Past a Woolworths shopping centre on left. Stay in the left-hand lane to avoid right-turning vehicles. Road becomes single lane. Continue straight ahead until you see a a small hotel, the Black Stallion. Take the right-hand turnoff to: LILYDALE: PIPERS RIVER: SCOTTSDALE

This is 'Lilydale Road' (also 'Route B81'). Continue straight ahead to Scottsdale (~60 km). From Scottsdale you will encounter a T intersection. Turn right to follow the Tasman Highway touring route to Branxholm. BRANXHOLM is about 23 km from Scottsdale. In Branxholm take the first left-hand turn to WARRENTINNA. Mara Ponds Retreat is 3km from the Imperial Hotel, on Warrentinna Road.


  • Mara Ponds Retreat
  • Tracy and Rod Wright
  • 1366 Warrentinna Road, Branxholm 7261
  • Phone: 03 6354 6133
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