30 Oct 2022 | 3 mins

Woodlands for sale for the first time in two decades - The Hobart Mercury

Woodlands for sale for the first time in two decades - The Hobart Mercury

AN IMPRESSIVE slice of Tasmania’s history has hit the market with the owners reluctantly leaving a property they have restored and tended for two decades.

Woodlands is one of Bruny Island’s most historic and sizeable properties and occupies over 100ha on the northern tip of the island.

The property was founded on an 1818 land grant to explorer Captain James Kelly.

The original 1829 homestead he built is still there and holds a place on the Tasmanian heritage register.


One of Bruny Island’s most historic properties has hit the market

It’s a classic Georgian convict-built home which has been beautifully restored over the past 20 years by owners Brendan and Marlene Schmidt.

The couple are selling up to be closer to family in Melbourne but say they will miss the property and the Bruny Island community.

“We have done a lot of work to restore the house, have run 250 merinos and planted an olive grove and a vineyard,” the couple said.


“We have also done a lot of environmental work. We will miss the community here but it is time, at age 75, to hand it over to someone who can continue that work.”

The property is being sold through an expressions of interest campaign led by agent Ken Jacobs, of Forbes Global Properties, for offers over $6.5m.

Mr Jacobs said Woodlands was a remarkable place on many levels – most prominently for its views, which he called “jaw-dropping.”


Aerial view of iconic Woodlands property on Bruny Island.

“The top of the property has a 360 degree panorama from the D’Entrecasteaux Channel across to Port Arthur and up the Derwent Estuary to Mount Wellington,” he said.

“It has to be one of the best views imaginable of the Sydney to Hobart yacht fleet, as they all slide past the Iron Pot Lighthouse.”

Woodlands still has significant tracts of native bush and wildlife, including around 40 species of native birds – the stars being a famous pair of wedge-tailed eagles.

“There’s range to investigate a variety of options there such as a vineyard, grazing, some kind of tourism venture,” Mr Jacobs said.

While enjoying total privacy, Woodlands is just a short walk to the wonderful beaches, jetty and John Wardle-designed cafe and gallery of charming Dennes Point village.