ESTATE & WILDLIFE
Hawley House (circa 1878) is the original homestead of Rubicon Estate, a 150 hectare landholding that encompasses a 15 acre vineyard, grazing paddocks for our Clydesdale horses, Natural Heritage Wetlands, ABC Open gardens and a 350 acre wildlife sanctuary.
Wildlife abounds in the coastal heathland on the windswept escarpment overlooking Bass Strait, and dusk sightings include wombats, pademelons, Tasmanian devils, spotted quolls, barred bandicoots, Bennets wallabies and Forester kangaroos. The Estate straddles the peninsula of Point Sorell and offers stunning views of the North-west coast all the way to Table Cape & Stanley to the west (200km away) and the Narawntapu National Park, Badger Head and Bakers Beach to the East, on the opposite banks of the Rubicon River. Point Sorell is home to the largest Fairy Penguin and Muttonbird rookeries on the Tasmanian mainland.
GARDENS & WETLANDS
The Hawley Gardens have been featured in the international Gardens Illustrated magazine, and are regularly open as part of the ABC Open Garden Scheme. Awaiting exploration are the Wetlands, Wolf Wood, All Creatures Church, the bronze eagle and grouped plant associations from all over the world. A detailed map of the gardens is found in the main entrance hallway.
These gardens, which have been literally scraped from the bedrock, now encompass an extensive range of exotic plants from cool temperate through to sub-tropical plants. The gardens is divided into distinctive plant associations and spans some 20 acres, grading into National Heritage wetlands, 20 acres of intensive vineyards and a 350 acre wildlife reserve.
Set on a peninsula into the Southern Oceans, and buffeted by the salt-laden Roaring Forties, the tranquil oasis of a chain of small lakes down to a sandy beach and overlooking the pristine ranges of the Narawntapu National Park.
VINYARD AND HORSES
For those with less energy or time to explore, don’t miss the fantastic view of the Estuary from the top of the hill near the Hill House. Meet our friendly horses Trojan, Big Horse, Juno, Persia and Phantom.
POINT SORREL & PENGUIN ROOKERIES
Venture to the beach in front of the house, either by meandering through the gardens or down the driveway. Turn left and follow the walking track which starts at the end of the beach. The foreshore track takes about 20 minutes each way, and past the historic Larooma Homestead (c.1875), Spy Island and the Carbuncle, both of which can be reached at low tide for those more adventurous souls. Fairy Penguin and Muttonbird rookeries inhabit the Point, and in summer months it is possible to watch the penguins coming ashore at dusk. 45 min return walk.
A slightly more energetic excursion takes you through the heart of the property, on a gentle rising slope. Walk behind the house, through the vineyards, past the Clydesdales, the Winter Lake, beyond the unspoiled sclerophyll woodlands and coastal heathland to the Eagles’ Scarp where you will be rewarded by a panoramic coastline view to Nut at Stanley, and with luck, be awe-inspired by the resident pair of Wedge tailed Eagles overhead. 1 - 2 hours return walk.