History

Riversdale Estate is located in the beautiful Coal River Valley, just 18 minutes from Hobart. The Estate fronts the picturesque Pittwater – which is a magnificent backdrop for the Estate.

The Estate offers The French Bistro, High Tea Orangery, Cellar Door, Private Dining Room, and is home to The Peter Rabbit™ Garden.

The Peter Rabbit™ Garden has been created from the inspiration of the many Beatrix Potter illustrations from the original Peter Rabbit™ Books, sketches, letters and journals.

As you wander through the garden the story of Peter Rabbit™ unfolds, and you will see the characters from the Peter Rabbit™ story, some of which will be animated to enhance your enjoyment. The garden will delight your imagination as you see familiar characters , such as Peter Rabbit™,  his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail along with Old Mother Rabbit. You will See Mr. McGregor’s garden and Peter eating French radishes! Throughout the garden, there are story-boards with the Peter Rabbit™ story and many other interesting botanical facts about the plants which can be found in the storybooks. The climbers, herbs, shrubs, perennials and trees are named from the different Beatrix Potter story books.

Other characters that pop up in the garden include Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Tod, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Benjamin Bunny and many others!

You will enjoy your time exploring The Peter Rabbit™ Garden, as you recognise the reconstruction of the scenes from the story and have little difficulty in finding your way around it! Beyond the garden is a backdrop of a woodland, where the rabbits lived!