Whether you’re planning a long holiday or just a weekend away, New Norfolk is the perfect destination to escape from the hectic pace and enjoy peaceful surroundings featuring river views, mountain views and valley views! New Norfolk is teeming with historic houses, magnificent scenery, and cool restful places to unwind.
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 is only 30 minutes away. Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, is a 30 minute drive in the other direction.
New Norfolk is also known as ‘The Antiques Capital of Tasmania’. Many people visit New Norfolk purely for its antiques. There are eight antique shops in New Norfolk who are well known for their vast and diverse collection of antiques.
Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls
Explore all the treasures on offer in this diverse area with its many walking tracks and waterfalls, rain forests, mountain lakes, ski fields and tarns.
Tyenna River Fishing
Inland fisheries rate the Tyenna River (Tyenna, meaning bandicoot in aboriginal) as the best trout fishing river in Tasmania and you can wet your line just 30 metres from the cottage (you will need a licence).
A 15 minute walk through lush rainforest, will bring you to the mouth of a cave. This cave has a waterfall emerging from it which has travelled 30km underground, through 295 caves.
The Junee Cave is part of a 30km series of limestone caves which are said to be the deepest in Australia and are still being mapped and explored. The Junee Cave is the only part of the system that is safe and easy to visit unless you are a cave diver.
Beautiful Marriott Falls. The falls lie just outside the Mt Field National Park between Maydena and the township of National Park. Turn right about 5 kilometres west of National Park. There is a sign on the left which is easily missed. Turn right again just over the bridge a few hundred metres from the turn off.
The track passes along the Tyenna River and is in very good condition. After a few hundred metres the track turns left up into the forest. It is a little wet in places. It is an awkward descent to the base of the falls with a couple of logs to negotiate.
Lake Pedder, Lake Gordon, Gordan Dam and Southwest National Park World Heritage Area
A majestic wild, rugged landscape that contains the tallest flowering plants in the world, alpine meadows, temperate rainforest, deep limestone caves and raging rivers.
The South West is the place for experienced walkers with a range of challenging climbs from a five hour return to Mount Wedge, a 10 hour return walk up to the top of Mount Anne, or a 10 to 12 day trek along the Western Arthur traverse.
If you prefer your wilderness to be a little more accessible, there is an excellent road straight through it from Maydena, which has the Styx Forest to the left, the Florentine to the right and Lake Pedder and the Gordon Dam an hour and fifteen minutes in front of you. About halfway to Strathgordon is a road to Scott’s Peak Dam, with a spectacular view of Lake Pedder. (This road is unsealed)
The Gordon Dam is also the site of Australia’s longest vertical abseil.
A drive towards Strathgordon along the Gordon River road, and you will be at the entrance to the Styx Forest, the home of the Giant Trees from which our place takes its name.
18km further on will bring you to the Big Tree Reserve. These trees are the tallest flowering plants in the world – the Eucalyptus Regnans.
These trees are truly awe-inspiring and are a must-see while you are here. Some of these trees tower as much as 32 storeys and are more than 400 years old. They are the world’s tallest hardwood trees, known as swamp gums or mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans). There is a Boardwalk at the Forestry Big Tree Reserve where you can see examples of these trees, where they show you the Big Tree and the even Bigger Tree!
Rail Track Riders
Pedal your way 2km to the end of the Railway line and back! Great fun for all ages and all fitness levels.
Every Sunday 1 May to 30 September
Saturdays & Sundays 1 October to 24 December
Daily from 26 December to 28 February
Saturdays & Sundays 1 March to 30 April
Kayaking and Guided Walks
Gain exclusive access to the hidden secrets of the World Heritage Upper and Lower Florentine Valley and the South West National Park. Liam and his team from Tassie Bound offer guided kayaking and walking tours to areas not normally accessible to the everyday traveller with a gourmet lunch included.
Contact: Liam on 0417 008 422 or take a look at the website via the link below.
The Agrarian Kitchen
The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school offering paddock-to-plate experiences in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan.
Cooking classes are led by Rodney Dunn, former Food Editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian chef, Tetsuya Wakuda, as well as a supporting cast of Tasmanian cooks and producers.
MONA – Museum of Old & New Art
The Museum of Old and New Art is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection.
The iconic Salamanca Market is a celebration of Tasmania’s unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers.
The weekly outdoor market, held every Saturday, brings Hobart’s waterfront alive with the colours, sounds and smells of Tasmania.
The diverse range of nearly 300 stallholders includes original, hand-made Tasmanian pieces, from woodwork to jewellery, fashion to fanciful, glassware and ceramics.
Salamanca Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8.30am to 3pm.
Richmond is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations, steeped in history, family-friendly and a hub for food and wine lovers. Nestled in the heart of the Coal River Valley, Richmond was established as an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur.
The village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating back as early as the 1820’s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.
Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and tourist destinations. Located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania, the former convict settlement offers a unique and essential experience for all visitors to the area.
With various tours, sites and events running through the year, including historical and ghost tours, the site offers a range of activities for all to enjoy.