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Norfolk Bay Convict Station

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Lorella Matassini and Lynton Brown
5862 Arthur Highway, Taranna, Tasmania

Tel: + 61 (0)3-6250-3487
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)3-6250-3701

This was Australia’s first railway station, although the ‘train’ was convict-powered. It is perhaps a measure of how much fun it was at the Port Arthur penal colony that pushing these goods wagons about was considered a cushy job.....

.... The building, built in 1838, has been taken over by Lorella and Lynton whose kitchen is the busy heart of the house and a factory for delicious aromas. I sat down to chat just in time to sample my first-ever peanut butter cookies hot from the oven. All the jams are home-made too and the breakfast eggs are fresh, local and a healthy yellow in colour. This is a hands-on B&B where your hosts cook your breakfast on demand and are there to offer assistance and point out the amazing wilderness walks of the area – the peninsula has the highest sea cliffs in Australia, for example. The building sits right by the waters of Norfolk Bay and a creaky wooden jetty demands that you walk out and contemplate the flat mirror of smooth water reflecting hills and boats. In the evening, I recommend you try the slightly mad French café/restaurant in Eaglehawk Neck for wood-fired pizza and on clear nights here the stars and stillness are awe-inspiring. So much exploration to do in the area and there’s always the fascinating Port Arthur penal colony. The night-time tours will put the shivers up you. The Convict Station is licensed and has a good range of Tasmanian beers and wines.[i/]

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Historic House    History Tours    
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Rooms: 5: 1 queen and 2 bunks with en/s shower; 1 double and 1 single with en/s bath; 1 double with en/s bath; 1 twin private bathroom; 1 queen private bathroom.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Hearty breakfast buffet included. Country cooked breakfast available. Several good restaurants nearby.
Directions: Approximately 70 kilometres south from the Hobart Airport. Travel along the Arthur Highway towards Port Arthur. Taranna is between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur.

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