Things To See And Do
Pun in A Paddock
In 1880 a family with 15 children built a private homestead up
the road from the Cottons. A decade later, a hotel license was granted
for the property – known affectionately these days as The Pub in
the Paddock. It has been continuously licensed ever since and
visitors can experience hospitality of a bygone era with hearty meals
and open fires. It has six rooms for accommodation and a tea room.
Up the road from The Pub in the Paddock is another Pyengana
institution – Pyengana Dairy Company. Its renowned
Clothbound Cheddar is produced by John Healey using the original method
established by his great grandfather at the turn of the 20th century.
With such a long history of production, Pyengana Clothbound Cheddar is
one of Australia’s oldest specialist cheeses. Attached to the
dairy is the Holy Cow Cafe, a wonderful place to do a little cheese
tasting, or to stop and enjoy a light meal as the cows on the other
side of the fence jostle for a spot on the laser-guided milking
St Columba Falls
Not far from Pyengana is St Columba Falls, one of Tasmania’s
highest waterfalls, with water plunging 90m from the Mt Victoria
foothills to the valley of the South George River. There is a
delightful walk from the car park to the falls through one of the most
captivating rainforests you will see in a long time. Halls Falls is a
smaller, cascading waterfall, but its location in beautiful forest
makes up for anything it may lack in size. The water that tumbles
over these two falls is the reason the region became known as Pyengana.
It is the Aboriginal word for “two rivers”. These days
the two rivers are called North and South George. South George flows
through the valley and spills over the top of St Columba Falls.