Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 5 - page 21

BNE October/November 2014 |
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As with any farm, all work, rest and play revolves around the homestead.
It’s changed enormously since the early settlers were ransacked by
bushrangers on the veranda in the early 1800s. It has been restored to its
former glory by businessman Greg Ramsay, who grew up on the property
with his family. We cosy up by the big open fire and later explore the
History Room, showcasing how three generations of one of those early
Scottish settlers, Alexander Reid, shaped Tasmania’s central highlands. We
chat into the night about who is going to win the spontaneous golf battle
the following morning.
In keeping with the traditions of Old Scotland, Ratho Farm remains a
public course and is open to all, every day of the week. Hickory clubs are
available to enjoy the course as the earliest golfers once did, so we can’t help
ourselves, we must be authentic.
The newly re-opened course features a fantastic mix of holes, including
the open and windswept old holes, restored original holes in a parkland
setting, and four newly designed holes along the Clyde river bank towards
neighbouring Nant Distillery.
With bars in Melbourne and Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Nant, like
Belgrove and other distilleries, is putting Tasmania on the map for its
whiskey production and it’s within ‘golf driving’ distance of Ratho, offering
a rewarding drop after a round of highland golf.
Today the golf balls might not be made of kangaroo skin stuffed with
merino wool, nor are there bushrangers at the ready to attack, but the
history of Ratho Farm is very much alive as the Ramsay family adds a new
chapter to Ratho’s well-documented past. As we bid the lovely hosts farewell
we realise it’s taken us two days to travel less than 100 kilometres. I think we
could get used to Tasmanian time.
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Sunset at Fannie Bay
10 things Hobart is (almost) famous for
Ratho Farm at Bothwell is Australia’s oldest golf course, but there are
more things that Hobart and surrounds can claim to be famous for …
1. The first parking meters in Australia were installed in Collins
Street, Hobart in 1955.
2. The first legal casino in Australia was opened at Wrest Point,
Hobart, in 1973.
3. Hobart is home to Australia’s oldest live theatre venue, The
Theatre Royal.
4. Australia’s oldest brewery, the Cascade Brewery, is in Hobart.
5. George Adams established the first Tattersalls Lottery in Hobart
in 1896. This lottery has now evolved into Australia’s Tattslotto
system.
6. Australia’s first and oldest existing synagogue was built in 1845 in
Hobart where services are still held every Friday.
7. Australia’s oldest bridge still in use is the convict-built Richmond
Bridge 25km north of Hobart.
8. Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia after Adelaide.
9. Is Snug the cosiest name for a town? The small coastal town 30km
south of Hobart on the Channel Highway is thought to have got
its name from sailors who thought it provided ‘snug’ anchorage for
their boats in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Keep driving and the
town of Flowerpot is further down the highway.
10. The Point to Pinnacle (or P2P as the locals call it) is the 21.4km
half marathon from Wrest Point Casino to the top of Mount
Wellington and it’s uphill all the way! From sea level to 1270
metres to be exact. You can breathe easy knowing that standard
entries are sold out for this year’s race on 16 November but start
training, and book early, for next year.
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