Activities & Things to Do

Enjoy rainforest walks by the bubbling Sassafras Creek or relax and enjoy our organic farm free from the stresses of city life. Most of the property is covered with beautiful temperate rainforest with a proliferation of sassafras, myrtle, ferns, moss, and the world’s tallest flowering tree – the eucalyptus regnans.

Little people might enjoy the Playground and an Art and Story Hut might entice  your creative side. We endeavour at all times to maintain our accommodation, gardens and property as non-toxic and chemical free as possible.

Native Animals

We have the perfect environment for many native Australian animals. Wallabies, Possums, Wombats, Echidnas, Platypus, Lizards, Quoll and an occasional Tasmanian Devil.


Birdwatching is a joy when birds are discovered in their natural settings. There are plenty to spot especially around the gardens in farmhouse area…


Many of our animals are easily viewed at dusk as they thud off down the road or up the hills behind the cottages.Don’t be surprised by the Bennetts wallabies and the possums who consider our garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet and graze through the evening. Nocturnal animals can be discovered in the spotlights if you venture down the road or the tracks after dark.

Farm Animals

Many Tasmanians fondly remember their childhood visits to Sassafras Springs when it was known as “Old Macdonald’s Farm” at Ellendale.. We are reintroducing farm animals to entertain and educate your children…

Our Vegetable Garden

Although most of the property is rainforest the cleared area has been farmed for both hops and raspberries and now features an organic vegetable garden growing seasonal vegetables and herbs for  our guests to use.

The organic orchard includes apples, peaches, plums, blueberries and raspberries. What will be in season for you to pick?

Or plant your favourite vegetables yourself and come back to harvest and eat your own produce. Yes, we have child sized tools and a special vegetable bed for the kids to plant themselves!

BBQs & Picnics

We also have some special places for you to enjoy picnics and BBQs on site. The picnic shed is set in a garden in the midst of the cottages and is equipped with 2 tables, gas BBQ and a sink. As well there are tables and small gas BBQs placed at special places around the property for you to enjoy picnics or just a refreshing cup of tea.


Walkers will love Sassafras Springs – there are rainforest walks on the property as well as links to longer day walks. though the Ellendale Forest along old logging tracks and the Mt Field National Park area.

Euclyptus Regnans, the tallest flowering tree in the world, Sassafras, Myrtle, Blackwoods, Ferns, Mosses and Fungi abound in our forest. A local Guide with knowledge of the flora and fauna can be provided for longer walks.

And after all that stimulation and exercise return to Sassafras Springs and enjoy a steaming mug of coffee.

Activities for Kids

The Playground

Swings, slippery slide and sand pit and a big grassy area for ball games…

And of course the Playground is right next to the Vegetable Garden so you can pick any fruit or veggies if you get hungry or collect some eggs for breakfast.

Of course you can plant some veggies too with child sized tools in your own special veggie plot and then come back to harvest and eat them yourself!

Tea House

A child size cottage with opportunity for kids to play cooking and cafes

The Art Studio & Story Hut

An art studio and combined story hut where kids can paint or create with paper, scissors and glue or just enjoy some quiet time reading a book.

Plenty of art books for ideas and inspiration…

See the Tasmanian Tiger

It is widely believed that the Tasmanian Tiger is extinct but NOT at Sassafras Springs however because we have 10 Tassie Tigers hidden in our garden. How many can you find?

Mount FieLD & Mount Mawson Skiing

Mount Mawson is located within the Mount Field National Park about 1½ hours drive from Hobart in southern Tasmania.

The ski areas are at an altitude of about 1250m and the area usually gets fairly consistent snow falls during winter resulting in sufficient cover for downhill skiing from mid July to mid September.

Mount Mawson is a small club field operated by the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association (STSA), located thirty minutes walk from its carpark.

Mawson has three lifts: two intermediate rope tows and a third steep incline rope tow accessing steep terrain.

Sassafras Springs is a great base to explore Mount Mawson skiing.


The Maydena Bike Park is a gravity-focused mountain bike park in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.

Designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art, their world-class trails will offer something for everyone, from families through to elite riders.

The park is serviced by a year-round up-lift bus service, servicing both mountain bikers and sightseers. Multiple gravity trails will capitalise on the unrivalled 820m+ vertical elevation available on site, offering a vast array of epic, long distance descending trails, catering for all abilities.

The Park offers; shuttle uplift service, sightseeing tours, bike hire, retail bike shop, café, bar, skills coaching and group skills sessions, and a wide range of tours.

Visit the Maydena Biketrack website.