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Derwent Valley

One of the most attractive areas in southern Tasmania with a magnificent river, valley scenery, dotted rural townships full of historical character and a national park with mountains, lakes and magnificent waterfalls.

A ‘General Interest Day Tour’ Itinerary consisting of a selection of the activities below is available. Alternatively, a complimentary itinerary can be designed for special interest groups or for those who previously have visited some of the attractions. All packages are designed to suit your budget.

  • Visit New Norfolk, a fascinating town with beautiful scenery  and many historical features including:
    - The Oast House once a hop drying facility, is now a museum, gift shop and café.
    - The Old Colony Inn began life as a hop shed, then became a private dwelling, a school, gymnasium and barracks, until an antique dealer developed it into the Old Colony Inn of today, furnished with antiques from all over Europe.
    - The Bush Inn is heritage listed as Australia’s oldest continuously licensed hotel.  Here the stories of its long and interesting history, including the christening font from the Tap Room, the old music records hanging in the lounge bar and the telephone mounted on the wall.
  • Salmon Ponds Hatchery and Museum, the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere – in operation since 1864.  The museum has a fascinating collection of memorabilia illustrating the many changes in fishing tackle over more than one hundred years.

  • Journey up the Derwent Valley to the Mount Field National Park where a brief walk under a stunning fern tree canopy to the magnificent Russell Falls will prove a nature lovers’ delight.

  • Devil Jet Boats Rides - which skim over the shallow waters of the Derwent River, through white water rapids at speeds of up to 80 km/h.

  • Rosedown Gardens A worthwhile visit for any flower connoisseur, avid gardener or anyone with a simple appreciation of the beauty of flowers.

  • Something Wild, Wildlife Park which is not a wildlife park or zoo in the traditional sense, but a rehabilitation and conservation sanctuary for orphaned and injured animals