DERWENT VALLEY JOURNEYS

DERWENT VALLEY JOURNEYS

DERWENT VALLEY JOURNEYS

3 Day Journeys

Day 1

Hobart to New Norfolk

Make the most of the morning by taking a drive into the beautiful Derwent Valley. As the mist rises on the river, depart Hobart for New Norfolk and spend the day exploring antique shops and discovering the fascinating history of New Norfolk on a ‘Walking Through Time” tour. Share your evening with fine food and wine at one of Australia”s oldest hotels – the beautifully restored Bush Inn – and spend the night in town – there are several bed and breakfast options in beautiful historic homes.

Day 2

New Norfolk to Derwent Bridge

Head west from New Norfolk towards the Salmon Ponds, where you can feed fish, wander through beautiful gardens and enjoy morning tea at the onsite restaurant. Take in the scenery of historic hop fields of Bushy Park as you drive to Mt Field National Park. At Mt Field take the short and easy stroll to spectacular Russell Falls – one of Tasmania”s most iconic natural attractions. From Mount Field, head back to the Lyell Highway towards Derwent Bridge, passing by former hydro towns into the epic World Heritage Wilderness Area. Visit the wood-sculpted Wall in the Wilderness for a grand artistic presentation of Tasmania”s highlands history and end your day at nearby Derwent Bridge where you can enjoy hearty fare at the local hotel and stay overnight.

Day 3

Derwent Bridge to Hobart

Visit the Lake St Clair visitor centre before heading back towards Hobart and learn about Australia”s deepest lake, carved out by ice over the last two million years. This is also where the Derwent River starts its long journey to the sea. Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bush treks, and is the end point of the famous Overland Track. On the way back to Hobart, stop off at Tarraleah to witness the spectacular sight of this massive Hydroelectric Power Station. Explore the quaint streets and art deco homes of this unique holiday village and have a bite to eat. On the way back to Hobart, take a diversion to historic Bothwell to visit Australia”s oldest golf course and taste some liquid gold at the world-renowned Nant Distillery. Sample more of the good stuff at the Derwent Estate and Stefano Lubiana wineries and enjoy a bottle when you”re back in Hobart.

5 Day Journeys

Day 1

Hobart to New Norfolk

Take the short, scenic drive from Hobart along the mighty Derwent River to historic New Norfolk. Step out and stroll along the quaint streets, collect some picnic treats from one of the bakeries or dine in comfort at a local restaurant. Spend the afternoon exploring the many antique shops and discover the fascinating history of New Norfolk on a ‘Walking Through Time” tour while experiencing the beauty of the town and its pretty riverside location. Share your evening with fine food and wine at one of Australia”s oldest hotels – the beautifully restored Bush Inn – and spend the night in town – there are several bed and breakfast options in beautiful historic homes.

Day 2

New Norfolk to Maydena

Drive to the Salmon Ponds, where you can feed fish, wander through beautiful gardens and enjoy morning tea or an early lunch at the onsite restaurant. Pop in to the historic property and whisky distillery at Redlands, right next door to the Salmon Ponds. Visit Mt Field National Park and take the short and easy stroll to the spectacular Russell Falls – one of Tasmania”s most iconic natural attractions. Take a longer uphill journey for more waterfalls, wilderness and stunning alpine views. From Mount Field, drive to Maydena. The town offers great rainforest walks and the unique Railtrack Rider – a pedal powered ride on a historic stretch of railway track. Eat and sleep at Maydena, which has a range of places to stay, including holiday house rentals, Bed and Breakfast and self-contained accommodation.

Day 3

Maydena to Hamilton via New Norfolk

Drive through World Heritage wilderness to Strathgordon, where you can view – and even abseil down – the incredible dam wall at the Gordon Dam. Take in the stunning mountain scenery while heading towards the big tree reserve in the Styx valley and admire the tallest hardwood trees in the world. For a subterranean experience, visit the Junee Cave System and learn about this fascinating underground network of over 300 caves. End your day in Hamilton – a small rural farming town with a colourful past, beautiful old buildings and a strong agricultural heritage. Eat and stay at the local Hamilton Inn, which is being lovingly restored to its former glory while offering country style food, accommodation and a friendly pub atmosphere.

Day 4

Hamilton to Derwent Bridge

Drive to Derwent Bridge via a diversion to the unique holiday village of Tarraleah for spectacular views of the massive Hydroelectric Power Station, quaint streets and art deco homes. Stop off at Bronte Park, which sits right in the geographical centre of Tasmania and features original huts used by the migrant workers from war-torn Europe who built the local hydroelectric power schemes. Visit the wood-sculpted Wall in the Wilderness for a grand artistic presentation of the history of Tasmania”s highlands and end your day at nearby Derwent Bridge where you can enjoy hearty fare at the local hotel and stay overnight.

Day 5

Derwent Bridge to Hobart

Visit the Lake St Clair visitor centre before heading back towards Hobart and learn about Australia”s deepest lake, carved out by ice over the last two million years. Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bush treks. On the way back to Hobart, take a diversion to historic Bothwell to visit Australia”s oldest golf course and taste some liquid gold at the world-renowned Nant Distillery. Sample more of the good stuff at the Derwent Estate and Stefano Lubiana wineries and enjoy a bottle when you”re back in Hobart.

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