“The main house plays host to the Birrells’ art collection. The grand entrance showcases two large-scale works by Tasmanian painter Lindsay Broughton, a self-portrait by Brett Whiteley and an etching by Fred Williams. There’s also an intriguing piece by local artist Simone Pfster, which sees intricate pencil drawings of lilies bound together to make
an enormous paper dress. “We love living in Launceston,” says Rebecca Birrell. “Tasmania has always been the unsung creative state.”

After breakfast in my pavilion – the fridge is stocked with local yoghurt, muesli and stewed fruits – I go to meet another creative mind…” – Qantas Spirit of Australia, July 2015

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