We are surrounded by wonderful fishing opportunities, especially when targetting trout in river, stream or lake.    Black Bream also occur in the River Derwent during the summer months.

Fly fishermen will delight in the fast water fly fishing offered by the beautiful Tyenna River as well as the Plenty and Styx Rivers.    Fast water dry fly fishing is especially enjoyable during the months of January, February and March when water levels usually drop and wading becomes easier.   The other months provide fine sport on nymphs and wets as well as dry flies.

The River Derwent holds some large resident Brown Trout and Sea-Runner Trout arrive in spring chasing spawning White Bait fish.   A boat is an advantage but not essential.

Lake Meadowbank is the home of very sizeable Brown and Rainbow Trout as well as Atlantic Salmon;  a great venue for both spin fishermen and fly fishermen.   A boat is an advantage but not essential.

We are able to give fishermen some local advice but we are not professional guides and we do not hire out equipment and do not give lessons.    We have ample parking space for reasonable sized boats and trailers, canoes and kayaks.

fly fishing New Norfolk


The lodge is well situated for water craft activities and launch facilities onto the River Derwent are only minutes away.    Lake Meadowbank is merely half an hour’s drive and has a good launch facility.    We have ample space for parking kayaks, canoes, boats and trailers.

Why not consider partaking in an easy going kayaking adventure by joining “Tassie Bound” our local adventure kayaking tour company.


Bring your road bike or mountain bike and enjoy the surrounding countryside or partake in some cycling exercise almost on our doorstep.    Why not join in with the local cycling club for a day trip.       We have indoor lock up facilities for bicycles.

Motorbike Adventure

Tasmania is a “must”destination for motorbike enthusiasts.    Enjoy winding through spectacular countryside.    The New Norfolk to Strathgordon return trip which includes Lake Peddar and Lake Gordon is particularly popular, as is the shorter route New Norfolk to Mount Field National Park return.

We have undercover parking facilities for  3 motorbikes or more (depending on Size) and ample onsight parking for motorbikes.

Those who cannot bring their own motorbike may like to hire one.

Bird Watching

Tasmania is home to more than 200 species of bird life, some resident, some regular or irregular visitors,  as well as 12 species found no where else on earth.     So bring your binoculars because a nearby river walk could be most rewarding.    Keep an eye out for the White Goshawk, Yellow Throated Honeyeater, Dusky Robin, Green Rosella, Tasmanian Hen, Black Swans and many more species.   Flocks of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos are often heard and seen flying over the Lodge.   Keep an eye on the sky for a Sea Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Falcons and Peregrins in the nearby cliffs along the river.    Recommended book:   Field Guide to Tasmanian Birds by Dave Watts and also Where to see Wildlife in Tasmania Dave Watts and Cathie Plowman.


Our location offers abundant subject matter for artists and photographers who delight in “capturing” the historical buildings, especially the Hop Kiln and other Oast Houses and the autumn colours and hop fields of nearby Bushy Park and the Derwent River.  Mount Field National Park itself is a paradise for artists and photographers.    So do not forget the camera, water colours, oil paints and sketch pad.