New Norfolk Tourism & Travel
New Norfolk Australia
Situated on the Derwent River in the South East region of Tasmania, New Norfolk lays some 36kms northwest of Hobart and 195kms south of Launceston. The National Trust classified town has charming old colonial buildings and lush poplar trees reminiscent of an old English country town. Dotted with lovely heritage-listed oast houses and some of the oldest historic structures in Australia, New Norfolk is the perfect base to explore the area and surrounds, including other quaint rural towns, the metropolitan delights of Hobart, and the untouched natural beauty of Mt Field National Park. In the municipality of the Derwent Valley Council, New Norfolk has a population of 5,230 souls.
New Norfolk Attractions
Discover some of Australias oldest historic structures of their kind, including one of the last village squares; one of the oldest inns, the Bush Inn; and the oldest Anglican Church, St Matthews.
Other intriguing heritage sites not to miss include Willow Court, the old asylum which housed convicts from the 1820s; the 1867 Oast House, now a museum showcasing the growing and processing of hops; and the 1835 Old Colony Inn, including a folk museum and Australias largest antique dollhouse.
With over 15 antique and collectables stores around town, a visit to New Norfolk is a must do for antique buffs and serious collectors alike. Scenic views over the Derwent River and the New Norfolk Township are found at Pulpit Rock, and stunningly beautiful rose and daffodil gardens are located along the riverbank at Rosedown.
New Norfolk - Near by
Just 15 minutes northwest of New Norfolk are the historic rural towns of Bushy Park, Glenora, and Westerway offering an insight into how 19th century farms were built and operated. Located in the nearby town of Plenty, the first rainbow and brown trout farm in Australia, Salmon Ponds has been in operation since 1864 and now includes a museum of trout fishing. Further west are the tallest hardwood trees in the world, located within the Styx Tall Tree Reserve. Offering the best of both worlds, New Norfolk is also within easy reach of the metropolitan delights of the capital city of Hobart.
National Park Mt Field
Renowned as the last location inhabited by the Tasmanian Tiger, Mt Field National Park is one of Australias first ever National Parks boasting spectacular mountainous scenery and abundant wildlife. Some 53kms west of New Norfolk, the reserve contains the popular skiing destination of Mount Mawson and the breathtakingly beautiful Russell Falls.
New Norfolk History
Originally called Elizabeth Town, the area was first explored by Europeans in 1793. New Norfolk was proclaimed a town after the arrival of settlers from the abandoned Pacific Ocean colony on Norfolk Island in 1808. Later on, the area became a major hop-growing centre during the 1860s.
New Norfolk Today
As well as having a thriving tourism and antique industry, New Norfolk remains as the centre of the hop-growing area.