Road near Scottsdale, Chris Groenhout / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1967

Scottsdale, the major town in Tasmania's north-east, serves some of the richest agricultural and forestry country in the state. Indeed, as Government Surveyor James Scott observed in 1852, it has 'the best soil in the island'. A visitor to the town in 1868 noted with some surprise that the town had 'neither police station nor public house, but the people appear to get on harmoniously enough without them'. Present-day Scottsdale (now with both of those establishments) still retains a sense of harmony.

Visitor Information

4 Alfred St; (03) 6352 6520

Nearby national parks

  • Ben Lomond National Park

    Ben Lomond National Park, enclosing the largest alpine plateau in the state, is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite...more

  • Mount William National Park

    Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons...more

  • Douglas–Apsley National Park

    Situated between the Douglas and Apsley rivers, this national park spans rugged hills of superb dry sclerophyll forest. Its tranquil...more

Nearby towns

  • Bridport

    On Tasmania's north-east coast, facing Anderson Bay, Bridport is a popular holiday retreat for residents of Launceston and nearby...more

  • Derby

    This small north-eastern town was born when tin was discovered in 1874 and the 'Brothers Mine' opened two years later. The Cascade Dam was...more

  • Lilydale

    Originally called Germantown, this small north-eastern township is better known for the 'English-style' of its gardens and the almost French...more

In Town

Forest EcoCentre A state-of-the-art centre built to principles of ecological sustainability, this place showcases the story of the forests through greenhouse-style interpretive displays and interactive features. King St.

Anabel's of Scottsdale: National Trust building now used as a restaurant and quality motel, set in exquisite gardens; King St.

Trail of the Tin Dragon: discover the history of Chinese miners who came to the region more than 100 years ago; brochure from visitor centre.


Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm One of the word's largest lavender-oil producers, Bridestowe is renowned for growing lavender that is not contaminated by cross-pollination. Tours are available in the flowering season (Dec–Jan) and there are lavender products for sale. Nabowla; (03) 6352 8182; 13 km W.

Mt Stronach: very popular 45 min climb to views of the north-east; 4 km S.

Cuckoo Falls: uphill 2–3 hr return walk to falls; Tonganah; 8 km SE.

Springfield Forest Reserve: popular picnic spot and 20 min loop walk through Californian redwoods, English poplars, pines and native flora; 12 km SW.

Sidling Range Lookout: views of town and surrounding countryside; 16 km W.

Mt Maurice Forest Reserve: walks incorporating Ralph Falls; 30 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamar Island 45 km

This important wetland habitat just 10 minutes from the heart of Launceston features a great bird-viewing hide, 3.2 kilometres of easy walking tracks and an interpretation centre.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Barnbougle Dunes Links 18 km

Bridport used to be a sleepy fishing village on Tasmania’s north-east coast. That all changed in 2004. In December of that year Barnbougle Dunes Links opened for play on the eastern outskirts of town – and... Find out more

Barnbougle Dunes Links (Lost Farm course) 18 km

When Barnbougle Dunes opened for play in 2004 it did have a few critics who suggested it was too far away from the golfing masses to be financially successful. How wrong they were. If a golf course is good enough,... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Steak Out

Scottsdale’s central eatery and takeaway serves up ‘surf and turf’ meals with chips and salad plus some vegetarian choices. This place is not fancy, so don’t expect modern flavours and elegant... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 44 km

With several different owners over the past 100 years, J. Boag and Son typifies the sometimes turbulent history of Australian brewing and the minor miracle of surviving at all into the 21st century. Scotsman James Boag... Find out more

Campsites around town

Northeast Park camping area 1 km

Surrounded by beautiful parkland, trees and lakes, this pretty camping ground is 1 km east of Scottsdale on the A3. There is a playground on-site and you can stay at the park for up to 7 days, giving you plenty of time... Find out more

Branxholm Centenary Park camping area 18 km

Branxholm is a sleepy little timber town on the Ringarooma River, east of Scottsdale. The camping ground is near the Red Bridge in the middle of town, close to the start of the historic Briseis Race walking track, and it... Find out more

Bridport Caravan Park 21 km

This is like one of those caravan parks you remember from the past, when summer was just sun, sand and swimming. Set up camp among the trees, nip over to the beach for a long lazy swim with the kids, then enjoy the... Find out more

Myrtle Park Recreation Ground 21 km

This delightful camping area is next to the pretty St Patricks River at Targa, about halfway between Launceston and Scottsdale on the Tasman Hwy (A3). The camping area is beside riverbank willows, and there’s... Find out more

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 27 km

In the middle of Tasmania’s north-eastern wine region, 2.5 km north of the little township of Lilydale on Golconda Rd (B81), this pleasant campground has shady sites beneath mature trees. The playground, picnic... Find out more

Blackmans Lagoon camping area 28 km

This camping area is used by duck shooters in season and is suited to big rigs. It is reached along Blackmans Lagoon Rd off Waterhouse Rd, 23 km east of Bridport. Camping is in a pine plantation by a network of lagoons... Find out more

Big Waterhouse Lake camping area 30 km

A few cleared camping sites are provided here on the northern shore of the lake, but there are no facilities at this location. Access is signposted 4 km along Homestead Rd, then it is a further 3 km to the camping area.... Find out more

Weldborough Hotel Campground 33 km

Tiny Weldborough (blink and you’ll miss it) has shaded, grassed camping sites with good amenities out the back of its delightful historic pub. Before you get too comfortable with a cold beer in the pub, be sure to... Find out more

Waterhouse Beach camping area 33 km

North of Waterhouse, these campsites sit behind the beach and are sheltered by coastal scrub. Head towards the coast along Homestead Rd, turning left to Croppies Point, then left again at the Y-junction. No facilities... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Treasure Island Caravan Park 46 km

Launceston has just this one caravan park. It is about 2 km south of the city centre and is easily accessible from the freeway when approaching from the south. The park has good facilities and is a good base to use when... Find out more

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 58 km

This park, with good amenities, is located on the banks of the Macquarie River, only a few hundred metres from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Anabel’s of Scottsdale

These carefully designed units are a recent addition to the magnificent Federation mansion at Anabel’s, blending seamlessly into this gorgeous garden property. Providing motel-style accommodation in the shade of... Find out more

Beulah Heritage B&B

Behind its picket fence and cottage garden, this ornate Victorian B&B in the heart of Scottsdale is just as impressive inside as it is from the street. Built in 1878 and furnished in keeping with its history, Beulah... Find out more

Willow Lodge

If this is how the early settlers of Scottsdale lived, then they were lucky indeed. Willow Lodge is the family home of a local pioneering family, and its grand rooms and fine furnishings give the place an air of refined... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Scottsdale rest area 1 km

At Scottsdale

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Sideling Lookout park area 13 km

17km SW of Scottsdale (L) or 45km NE of Launceston (R)

Adjacent to the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.

Myrtle Park camping area 21 km

T/O 31km SW of Scottsdale (R) or 31km NE of Launceston (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of St Patricks River.

Derby park area 24 km

At Derby

Adjacent to the highway on a riverbank. Town's north side.

Perth park area 54 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

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