A picturesque Georgian town (19km south east) 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. New Norfolk is a recommended day trip destination from Hobart.
The stretch of Lyell Highway between Bridgewater and New Norfolk is
particulary pretty, especially in the early morning with the river is
calm and the reflection on the water of the hills is mirror-like.
Mt Field National Park
Mt Field National Park (16km west) is one of Tasmania’s
most loved national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic
features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day
visitors. Few other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity
in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree
ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake
Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.
Features: Russell Falls, Marriotts Falls; Lady Barron Falls;
Horseshoe Falls; Lake Dobson, Tarn Shelf walk, Wylds Craig walk;
Florentine Valley walk; Tall Trees walk.
A town of just under 1,000 people, situated in the Derwent Valley
a few kilometres north of new Norfolk. It consists mainly of dwelling
houses and farmland. Accommodation is also available as the area is
popular with tourists. Notable features of Magra itself include the
surrounding hills and the plantation of Lombardy Poplars. In the
graveyard of the Methodist Church at Magra (22km south east) is the
grave of Betty King, the first white woman to set foot on Australian
Plenty (11km south east), situated on the main road between New
Norfolk and Bushy Park, is a small village, formely a location of hop
growing. Plenty Salmon Ponds is the oldest trout hatchery in the
Southern Hemisphere - in operation since 1864. It includes Museum of
Trout Fishing and Hall of Fame.
Redlands, on the banks of the Plenty River alongside the plenty
Salmon Ponds, is one of Tasmania’s most well-known rural
estates. Once a thriving hop and grain farm, the estate contains
an astonishing collection of heritage buildings and magnificent gardens
featuring some of Australia’s oldest European trees.
The property has a remarkable history, with many overlays of stories
from its convict past to modern times. There are intriguing links to
the royal family and the emergence of colonial Tasmania’s
new-landed elite, our first banks, the development of trout fisheries
and irrigation, and the property also holds a primary place in
Tasmania’s hop farming history.
At its peak the farm employed as many as 200 hop pickers with their
families living on the estate, and many Tasmanians still hold fond
memories of working at picking hops. In those days there were
pickers’ huts, a bakehouse, general store and even a
butcher’s shop. Only one of the pickers’ huts has survived
but most of the other buildings are intact, though in disrepair. Now,
after years of decline and neglect, the property is undergoing a modern
transformation as a family residence, working farm, whisky distillery
and tourism development. Website