The Rivers Run, in the heart of Tasmania, is a scenic journey through a range of landscapes, from tranquil rivers, rolling hills and fertile valleys to rugged mountain wilderness and giant forests.
The lifeblood of the region is the Derwent River, which flows from its source high in the mountains near Lake St Clair, through the Derwent Valley via waterfalls and a network of streams and marshes, and eventually to the sea at Hobart.
Duration: 3 - 4 days
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Hobart - New Norfolk
- Depart Hobart for New Norfolk.
- The road to New Norfolk follows the beautiful Derwent River. On the way, look out for the distinctive architecture of the old oast houses, once used for storage and processing of hops, a staple ingredient in beer and a major export of the area.
- Explore New Norfolk, a small town picturesquely situated on the banks of the Derwent River with its historic buildings. Wander along the river's banks and around the town's historic centre, Arthur Square, on a self-guided walking tour of some of Australia's oldest hotels and churches.
- At New Norfolk you can climb Pulpit Rock for a breathtaking panorama of this bustling town.
- Stock up here with petrol and food supplies before heading further into the more remote regions.
- Nearby at Plenty, don't miss the Salmon Ponds, where the first brown trout in Australia were hatched after surviving the rigours of the journey from Great Britain in 1864. The hatchery still contains trout and salmon in six large display ponds set in beautiful grounds amongst century-old trees. The site also has an interesting Museum of Trout Fishing.
- Next door to the Salmon Ponds is the historic Redlands Estate, once the home of George the IV's son. Convict-built, this beautiful property used to grow hops for beer. It now produces its own barley to be used in the distillery onsite.
New Norfolk (Day 2)
- From New Norfolk, continue through the tiny hamlets of Bushy Park, Plenty and Westerway up into the mountains to Mt Field National Park, and beyond to rugged Maydena and the Styx Valley of the South West. Decide how far west you want to go, according to your interests and time available.
- Continue on to Mt Field National Park, one of the State's oldest and best-loved national parks, with easy access to some of Tasmania's wild beauty. The Tyenna River en route to Mt Field is home to trophy-sized trout.
- In the park, take a short walk through the ferns and rainforest to the much-photographed spectacular Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls, or stride along the Tall Trees Walk and be awed by some of the forest giants.
- If time permits, drive up the mountain to Lake Dobson and the striking Pandani Grove Walk with its exotic, prehistoric-looking vegetation.
- Alternatively, head further on past Mt Field to Maydena and the Styx Valley and marvel at the tallest hardwood trees in the world, found in a tiny reserve – the Big Tree Reserve – in the Styx Valley nearby.
- Rainforests flourish in the Florentine Valley - said to be the last haunt of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger - and other nearby valleys.
- Before you leave, take in the unforgettable scenery of Lake Pedder and the South-West National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
- Stay overnight at one of the pretty hamlets in the area like Maydena, Bushy Park, or Hamilton.