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Derwent Valley drive

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  • Derwent River reflections
  • New Norfolk
  • Tarraleah penstocks
  • Hamilton
  • Bothwell St Lukes
  • Bothwell Road
  • Bushy Park

The stretch of Lyell Highway up the Derwent Valley beyond Bridgewater is particulary pretty in the early morning with the river is calm and the reflection on the water of the hills is mirror-like. It gives a tantalising taste of things to come – like the Georgian villages of New Norfolk, Bushy Park and Hamilton, and Bothwell, the southern gateway to the central Highlands where golf was first played in Australia.

A drive up the valley as far as Derwent Bridge is an easy day’s journey.

New Norfolk: A picturesque Georgian town set idylically on the banks of the River Derwent. New Norfolk is centrally located and is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Mount Field National Park with its rugged beauty and seclusion is only 30 minutes away. More >>

Bushy Park: a quaint town of old houses, deciduous trees, moral fervour, and hop fields which seem to envelop every building and road. The tall wooden and metal frames holding up the hop vines are broken by lines of Lombardy Poplars, with neat and unusually shaped oast houses scattered in the fields away from the road. More >>

Hamilton: A charming and unspoilt historic Georgian village. Like Oatlands and Ross, Hamilton is still sufficiently removed from the over-commercialisation to offer the visitor an opportunity to experience what the villages of southern Tasmania were like in the 1830s and 1840s. More >>

Bothwell: a classified historic town, Bothwell is the southern gateway to the central Highlands. In season Bothwell is known as the gateway to some of the best trout fishing in Australia. More >>

Tarraleah: Once a town for workers who built many of Tasmania’s Hydro electricity schemes, Tarraleah has been transormed into a tourist destination in the heart of Tasmania’s Highland wilderness. With easy access to Lake St Clair, Cradle Mountain and en-route to Strahan, Tarraleah is a centre for a variety of outdoor activities. More >>

Ouse: a rather quaint little town 88 km north west of Hobart. The town’s brief brush with literary fame occurred in the 1820s and 1830s when David Burn, Australia’s first playwright, lived in a country house named Rotherwood near Ouse. His play The Bushrangers was performed in Edinburgh in 1829 and in 1842 a collection of his writings, Plays and Fugitive Pieces, was published in Hobart. It was the first collection of plays published in Australia.

Place Categories: Areas, Derwent Valley, Drives and Hobart Surrounds.

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