Derwent Valley and Beyond
Starting in Hobart, this scenic drive through the Derwent Valley and on to the heart of Tasmania takes you through a variety of landscapes - from tranquil rivers, rolling hills to giant forests and rugged mountain wilderness to Lake St Clair and the source of the River Derwent.
Duration: 3 - 4 days
Hobart - New Norfolk
- Depart Hobart for New Norfolk.
- The road to New Norfolk follows the beautiful River Derwent. On the way, look out for the unusual architecture of the old 'oast' houses, once used for the storage and processing of hops, a staple ingredient in beer and a major export of the area.
- Explore New Norfolk, a small town with historic buildings picturesquely situated on the banks of the River Derwent. 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 journey from Great Britain in 1864. The hatchery still contains trout and salmon in six large display ponds set in beautiful grounds among century-old trees. There's also an interesting Museum of Trout Fishing.
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 Tasmania's south-west. Decide how far west you want to go, according to your interests and time.
- Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania'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 and one of the best rivers to fish in Tasmania.
- In the national park, take a short walk through the ferns and rainforest to the much-photographed spectacular Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls or take the Tall Trees Walk and be awed by the forest giants.
- Drive up the mountain to Lake Dobson and the striking Pandani Grove Walk with its exotic, prehistoric-looking vegetation.
- Alternatively, head farther 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.
- 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.