If you happen to be visiting Tasmania in December, then a visit to Bridestowe Lavender Estate is a must. With their 265 acre of flowering Lavandula angustifolia (a true French Lavender), it is the most spectacular vistas at that time of the year.
Bridestowe Lavender Estate
These lavenders are harvested in January of each year mainly for its oil to be used perfume, cosmetic and aromatherapy.
Apart from their famous lavender, Bridestowe is also well known for its purple bear. Bobbie The Bear was propelled to international smash hit when Chinese model Zhang Xinyu posted a photo of herself cuddling him. Originally, Bobbie was created as a fluffy solution to the excess of dried lavender they had lying around. Who would have thought a single photo and a single tweet would propel Bobbie into stardom.
Photo sourced from Bridestowe
Due to high demands of Bobbie The Purple Bear, which outstrip the supply, Bridestowe had to enforce a rationing system, limiting purchases to one bear per customer. Visitors need to present their entry tickets in order to purchase Bobbie. Bobbie certainly didn't come cheap for his size but price doesn't seemed to be a deterrent for those who sought it.