Aerial view of the river and surrounds at New Norfolk
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New Norfolk

Picturesque vistas, a food lover’s delight, an adventurer’s playground – although New Norfolk, at the start of the Derwent Valley, is only 40-minutes from Hobart, it feels a world away from everywhere.

A region full of surprises, wilderness and magic. With produce so abundant, you could say it feels too good to be true – but true it is. 

Much of what makes New Norfolk so special comes from the wondrous Derwent River. Aside from being picturesque, the locals also claim it has magical powers: like a calming energy mesmerising those brave enough to explore it, or an ability to change the direction of the wind at any given time. Not to mention, it’s home to some of the biggest platypus in the world. Explore the depths of the Derwent River aboard a kayak, paddle board or hydro bike – your tour guides will happily translate the river’s many mysteries.

Paddle boarding
Banjo's New Norfolk Market
Flywheel
Pulpit Lookout
Leap and Wander
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

Views around here are said to have inspired Irish composer, William Vincent Wallace, to write his operatic masterpiece ‘Scenes that are Brightest’. A short drive from the town centre that will provide you with maximum reward is the Pulpit Rock Lookout. Simply meander a few steps from your car and you will find yourself overlooking stunning views of the New Norfolk township, rolling hills and the Derwent River. 

While New Norfolk is glorious in Summer, it is stunning in every season. When exploring the backroads in Spring, witness lambs gambolling in the fields and calves stumbling as they learn to walk. In Autumn, this is when the gardens at the many heritage listed Bed & Breakfasts put on a spectacular colour show – showcasing shades of orange, red and yellow. In the cooler months, a dusting of snow will coat the surrounding hills and allow visitors to take in ‘The Valley’ in a completely different light.

Delicious produce is also abundant in New Norfolk, thanks to the many passionate and caring primary producers. Glossy, plump cherries are just one of the many claims to fame, as well as top-notch wines and world-class brews. If you’re a foodie, dine at one of Tasmania’s few hatted restaurants, where chefs source their produce seasonally and locally.

Perhaps you’d like to spend Saturday morning exploring Banjo’s New Norfolk Market to find the crème de la crème of local produce or browse the many unique shops on High Street for trinkets, collectables and antiques.

Trash or treasure? It’s for you to decide. Another option might be to book a cooking or ceramics class to learn a new skill. Any one of these unquestionably Derwent Valley experiences will be sure to please. 

It’s the personalities behind New Norfolk that make this place so special. The faces behind the businesses, attractions and activities who are willing to give you their time and impart their local knowledge. Things in New Norfolk are just that little bit sweeter, bigger, deeper, fresher, wilder and weirder. It’s what makes it so unquestionably Derwent Valley.

New Norfolk & The Western Wilds of Derwent Valley Tasmania itinerary.

 

Bigger, deeper, wilder, weirder – that’s just the way it is in New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley. The region you’re about to step foot in is pretty, well, different. Although it’s only 40 minutes from Hobart, it feels like a world away from everywhere. The trees are taller, the air is fresher, the platypus are bigger, the trout are plumper, the produce is tastier, the people are friendlier – it probably sounds too unbelievable to be true… yet true it is.

Best not spoil it for you though. The following four-day itinerary will give you a glimpse into the fantastic activities, attractions and businesses that have turned ‘The Valley’ into something of a legend. And the best part about basing yourself in New Norfolk is that you will have endless produce, adventure activities and natural wonders at your doorstep. It is also home to an army of passionate locals who are the region’s biggest advocates. They are always willing to tell their tales, share their secret recommendations and teach you about the many mysterious ways of ‘The Valley’, as it’s colloquially known.

NOTE: This itinerary has been created for active souls and is pretty action packed. However, it can be tailored to different interests and ability levels. Contact the local operators for their recommendations, opening hours and more information.

This is a self-drive, tour for couples staying in Tasmania for three or more days who love food, wine and brews, as well as exploring nature through a mix of walking and adventure activities.

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