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Bridestowe Lavender Estate

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Published January 26th 2015
Tasmania Stunning Vistas
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.

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate

These lavenders are harvested in January of each year mainly for its oil to be used perfume, cosmetic and aromatherapy.

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Lavandula Angustifolia

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.

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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.

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Why? Stunning vistas during flowering season
When: Check website for Season Dates
Phone: 61 3 6352 8182
Where: Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Cost: $7.50 (1 Dec to 31 Jan)
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