Racecourse Inn wins International Award

The owners of The Racecourse Inn in Longford, Tasmania, are delighted to announce that the Inn has taken out The Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award for “Luxury Bed and Breakfast of the Year – Tasmania”. Located in one of Tasmania’s oldest towns, but just 20 minutes from Launceston in Tasmania’s north, The Racecourse Inn was built as a coaching inn … Read More


Festivale 2016

This year’s Festivale runs from Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, and visitors can choose between paying for daily entry or being season passes. Festivale, one of Tasmania’s premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park the … Read More

Lath and Plaster

Lath-and-plaster The interior walls and ceilings at The Racecourse Inn are constructed of lath and plaster, a common construction technique used until the 1950s, when plasterboard was developed.   The technique involves nailing timber laths to timber studding, with traditional lime renders, mixed with horse hair (or equivalent) used as a backing coat.   The lath is typically about two inches wide by four … Read More

2015 Longford Show

Images from the 2015 Longford Show at the Longford Showground.  © Annabelle Sandes and Richard Costin | Kimberley Media, The Racecourse Inn, Longford.

2015 Tasmanian Trout fishing season opens August 1

An adult Rainbow trout

The majority of Tasmania’s inland waterways are officially open for the 2015 Trout Fishing season on Saturday 1st August, with the Inland Fishery Service stocking fisheries around Tasmania with adult Brown trout from highland streams.   Recent snow falls will see rivers rising for the start of the season.   Licences are available from the Inland Fishery website.  You can read about … Read More

Tasmanian Garden Natives

Correa alba

Although the majority of the plants in this beautiful garden at The Racecourse Inn are exotics, there are some lovely little Tasmanian natives hidden in the mix, including two of my favourites, Correa alba, and Crowea exalata, the Small Crowea, both also native to NSW, where I grew up.  This lovely Correa alba has soft, grey green leaves, with star shaped flowers … Read More