Golfers from all over the world know where Tasmania is due to the world-class links of the original Barnbougle Dunes golf course and the next door course of Barnbougle Lost Farm.
The courses are easy to get to from Launceston airport about an hours drive north-east of Launceston. For a good description and layout from a blog named ON PAR of the first Barnbougle golf course to be established click here.
Both courses offer on site accommodation and the nearby town of Bridport, one of its pretty beaches above, also caters to golfers with its seaside accommodation offering larger holiday homes for big groups wanting to stay together.
We had lunch in the Barnbougle Lost Farm restaurant perched high on a hill which gave us the most spectacular views of the sea and swaying Marram grass.
The restaurant scales down the lunchtime menu to include many casual light and snack type meals. John had a chicken salad but detested the bright yellow dressing, surely out of a bottle. I decided on the fish of the day which was Atlantic salmon. It came with an odd side salad combination. Rocket, slices of parmesan work together OK but slices of mushroom did not seem a good idea, particularly when the chef forgot to put a dressing on the salad, it was so boring and dry. I just cannot get excited about mushrooms on the plate with seafood. With no table service except for delivery of food (you had to go up to the bar to be served). I did not have the opportunity to mention it. I could have walked it back to the bar but really I should not have to. The salmon was cooked correctly but another niggle, whilst it had been turned on three sides in the pan, it only needs cooking on two sides, the fourth unattractive side that did not get a pan sear was facing up. Along with no dressing on the salad I just call that careless or cooked from an uninspired chef who is just going through the motions. Also the tartare sauce that was served in small dish goes better with white fleshed fish. Next time I will just order a steak sandwich.
I was impressed with the wine list with Tasmanian wines well represented. Other Australian wines have been carefully selected and there are many international wines. There is a walk in wine room just for whites and a separate one for reds. For some reason there are no Tasmanian whisky brands listed.
Over at the shop at Lost Farm we visited the shop and spied these exhibits at the entrance. If I was a golfer I would love to own the Huon Pine Long Nose club in the centre of this group.