New Norfolk

Old oast house, Ken Stepnell

Population 9000

This National Trust–classified town looks like a little piece of Kent in England, with colonial buildings, heritage gardens and a patchwork of riverside hop fields. Originally named for the European settlers from the abandoned Norfolk Island penal settlement who were granted land here, the district is still renowned for its hop growing, and now for its small fruits. The town is a must-see destination for antique and collectibles hunters, with a concentration of old wares and second-hand shops.

Visitor Information

Derwent Valley Visitor Information Centre, Circle St; (03) 6261 3700

Nearby national parks

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

  • Mount Field National Park

    Mount Field is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania and also one of the most diverse. In its lowland rainforests there are glades of...more

  • Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

    Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is at the heart of Tasmania’s 1.38-million-hectare Wilderness World Heritage area, and...more

Nearby towns

  • Pontville

    The area around Pontville (declared a town in 1830) was first explored by Europeans when Hobart experienced severe food shortages in the...more

  • Huonville

    Huonville produces more than half of Tasmania's apples and is surrounded by blossoming fields of apples, cherries, plums, pears, berries...more

  • Kingston

    Almost an outer suburb of Hobart, this pleasant seaside town sits just beyond the city limits. Its literary claim to fame is that Nobel...more

In Town

Tynwald Willow Bend Estate: surrounded by beautiful riverside gardens this charming 1830s mansion next to the historic Oast House offers wetland and garden walks, trout fishing, luxury accommodation and a fine-dining restaurant specialising in Tasmanian produce; 1 Tynwald Rd; (03) 6261 2667.

Old Colony Inn: a heritage house which started life as hop cellar in 1815 now housing a folk museum, tearooms, craft shop and Australia's largest antique doll's house; 21 Montagu St; (03) 6261 2731.

Church of St Matthew: reputedly the oldest church in Tasmania (1823). Behind the nativity scene on one of its striking stained-glass windows is the likeness of 9-year-old Nancy Hope Shoobridge, a local girl who died in 1890; Bathurst St.

Rosedown Cottage Gardens: beautiful rose, daffodil and lilac gardens; open Mon–Sun 10am–5pm, Oct–Dec; 135 Hamilton Rd; (03) 6261 2030.

Antique and collectibles outlets: Tasmania’s best collection of antique and collectibles shops, most within easy walking distance. See visitor centre for map.

Bush Inn Hotel: longest continually licensed hotel in Tasmania; 49–51 Montagu St; (03) 6261 2256.

Jet-boat rides: on River Derwent rapids; Tasmanian Devil Jet, The Esplanade; (03) 6261 3460.

River walk: from The Espl to Tynwald Park Wetlands Conservation Area.

Scenic lookouts: breathtaking views from Peppermint Hill, off Blair St and Pulpit Rock, off Boyer Rd.

Self-guided historical walks: brochure from visitor centre.


Mt Field National Park Tasmania's first national park, Mt Field is best known for the impressive Russell and Lady Barron falls. Most walks pass through lush ferns and rainforests, while the Pandani Grove walk traverses the glaciated landscapes of the mountain country to Lake Dobson. A visitor centre on-site offers interpretive displays. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 135 513; 40 km NW.

Norske Scog Boyer Mill: the first in the world to manufacture newsprint from hardwoods; Boyer; (03) 6261 0111; tours available Thurs, bookings advised; 5 km E.

Salmon Ponds: first rainbow- and brown-trout hatchery in Australia, in operation since 1864. There is also a Museum of Trout Fishing, a pancake restaurant and heritage gardens; open Mon–Sun; 70 Salmon Ponds Rd, Plenty; (03) 6261 5663; 11 km NW.

Possum Shed: locally made crafts and collectibles, and riverside cafe with delectable coffee; 1654 Gordon River Rd, Westerway; 31 km NW.

Styx Big Tree Reserve: small reserve with the tallest hardwood trees in the world, the giant swamp gums, which grow to 92m; 73km W via Maydena.

Fishing spots near town

Salmon Ponds 8 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more

The Springs 25 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Wellington Walks 19 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 25 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Salamanca Market 25 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 41 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Tasmania Golf Club 37 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more

Royal Hobart Golf Club 37 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Bush Inn

In 1830 the Bush Inn was reported as having 'good fires and an excellent dinner on the table'. The same could be said today; roaring fires warm the bars and dining rooms, and the meals are overflowing plates of good pub... Find out more

Possum Shed Cafe

Beyond New Norfolk, where farms give way to forested wilderness, the little village of Westerway is a popular chips-and-coffee stop for travellers heading to and from Mount Field National Park. But this tiny cafe is a... Find out more


A magnificent luxury mansion, an elegant dining room and a menu of dishes described as the best provençal-style south of France are the highlights of an evening dinner at Tynwald. The menu leans towards game but... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Two Metre Tall Company 10 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more

Moo Brew 17 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more

Cascade Brewery 23 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Kempton Overnight Bay camping area 30 km

This sizeable layover is ideal for travellers looking for a quiet overnight stop between Hobart and Launceston. Tiny Kempton has an old-world village atmosphere with galleries, cafes, churches and heritage houses to... Find out more

Mount Field Campground 30 km

This pretty caravan park and campground next to the Tyenna River has sites suitable for every camper, from big rigs to 2-person tents. Set up on the neat lawns underneath giant swamp gums and, as evening draws in, watch... Find out more

Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 35 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more

Bethune Park camping area 38 km

Beside Meadowbank Lake, this grassy camping and picnic area has sites that can accommodate big rigs. Perfect for waterskiers and anglers, there’s a launching ramp close by on the eastern side of Dunrobin Bridge.... Find out more

Cygnet Holiday Park 42 km

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 43 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

New Norfolk Caravan Park 1 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 16 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 32 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 35 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Explorers Lodge

Set among sweeping lawns and poplar trees, this 1940s lodge and self-contained cottage is a reminder of the days when travel involved leather suitcases, steam trains and ocean liners. The two-storey main house retains... Find out more

Rosie’s Inn Private Hotel

New Norfolk’s old English village style is taken to another level in this private hotel, with suites swathed in lacy floral decor. Surrounded by gardens of roses and rhododendrons that would make any gardener... Find out more


One of Australia’s oldest manor houses, Stanton has been a stately home and working farm since 1817. There are three bedrooms furnished with beautiful period antiques, and the other rooms of the house – a library,... Find out more


Draped in lacy Victorian ironwork, this fairytale mansion set in riverside gardens just outside New Norfolk could be a giant’s dolls house. Opening onto its ornate upstairs verandahs there are six elegant rooms... Find out more

Woodbridge on the Derwent

An award-winning restoration has transformed this 1825 mansion into Tasmania’s only member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World club. Every one of the nine rooms and suites takes in the Derwent’s... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Curringa Farm 33 km

Near Hamilton, about an hour’s drive west of Hobart, this eco-accredited 300-hectare property gives visitors a taste of sustainable farming practices.Give a couple of day’s notice and you can tour the farm,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

New Norfolk park area 1 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Gretna park area 15 km

At Gretna

Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.

Kempton camping area 30 km

At Kempton

Just off the highway. At the south end of town.

Hamilton camping area 31 km

At Hamilton

Basic caravan-park facilities among a few trees on the banks of the Clyde River. In the middle of town.

Bethune Camp Area 38 km

T/O 7 km SE of Ouse (R) or 7 km NW of Hamilton (L)

Large grassed area 2.3 kilometres south-west of the highway via Dawson Road.

NOTE: Self-contained vehicles only.

What's on around town

Derwent Valley Autumn Festival: celebrating Autumn with food, entertainment and family fun; The Esplanade; Apr.

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