Take a fast walk or a stroll along the Derwent River promenade ; climb the cliff steps to view the river from on high (where Lady Jane Franklin strolled while staying at the governor’s country lodge Turiff Lodge – see the site); continue past the sports field and the old oast house. Platypus are often seen.
Visit the many antique shops, stop for coffee at one of the coffee houses.
Call in to see the Willow Court Barracks built 1827 (thus predating Port Arthur).
Take a 3 minute drive to Pulpit Rock and gaze down on New Norfolk and the expanse of the river below.
Visit St Mathews Churchbuilt 1824 and view the lovely stained glass windows. It is the oldest church in Tasmania.
Bird Watchers walk along the river bands near Tynwald Park keeping an eye out for species endemic to Tasmania.
En Route to Mount Field National Park (only 30 mins)
Visit Redlands Estate – (10 mins)
The Estate, which predates Port Arthur, has a fascinating history and was established in 1820 as a hop farm employing 200 people. It is now operating as a whisky distillery. Redlands opened its magnificent gardens to visitors in January 2013. One can now tour the “paddock to bottle” single malt whisky distillery, or share a Redland’s platter and a bottle of local wine in the old bakehouse or in the garden on the banks of the Plenty river. The 1822 Bakehouse oven bakes artisan bread daily.
Visit The Salmon Ponds – (10 minutes)
Feed the enormous trout and salmon, and visit the museum of trout breeding and trout fishing, relax in the old gardens laid out in the 1860s, or partake of a delicious pancake made from local products in the restaurant.
Spot a platypus while enjoying Devonshire tea at the Possum Shed on the pretty little Tyenna River.
Carry a fishing rod in the car to take advantage of the numerous trout fishing opportunities. (Licence required) Fly fishermen accept the challenge of fast water fly fishing.
Mount Field National Park (30 mins)
Take a walk through the temperate rainforest to Russell Falls, Lady Barron and Horseshoe Falls and continue on to the Tall Tree Walk. The swamp gum tree (Eucalyptus regnans) is the world’s largest flowering plant and the tallest hardwood tree in the world. Drive up to Lake Dobson where snow may abound! Walk to one of the magnificent glacial tarns or climb Mount Field itself. The more adventurous tackle longer walks and view the spectacular vistas of the surrounding hills and valleys. The visitors’ centre at Mount Field assists with all the directions and advice required. There is a well stocked gift shop and a restaurant on site.
Richmond (40 mins)
Take the B10 or Boyer Road from Explorers Lodge to Bridgewater, then turn left at the roundabout at McDonalds onto the A1. Turn right before Pontsville and head for Tea Tree, passing through the vineyards and on to the historical village of Richmond. See the oldest bridge in Australia and visit the beautiful old shop centre and the famous Richmond jail. Along the route to Richmond is the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which is well worth a visit for tours at 11.30am and 2.00pm.
Hobart is a 10 minute drive from Richmond, where so many other attractions await.
Hobart (30 minutes)
Many of our guests find it easier to base themselves in peaceful New Norfolk and visit Hobart rather than overnight in the bustle of the city.
Visit Salamanca Market, Mount Wellington, Cascade Brewery, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Waterfront and the many renowned restaurants, galleries and theatres, as well as popular international events such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
The Agrarian Kitchen (12 minutes)
Attend a day’s class (advance booking essential) at the now famous The Agrarian Kitchen at Lachlan.
MONA (20 mins)
Famous Art Gallery and a must see. Restaurant, vineyard and brewery. Opened January 2011 and now internationally famous. New during summer months: fresh foodie market starting midday every Saturday with a live jazz band.
Local fly fishing
There are many great opportunities nearby for fly fishing, or spin fishing for trout. We can always give you advice on where to find the best spots!
Ideally located close to several beautiful bush walking locations.
See the breathtaking views from the new Eagles Eyrie.
Historical Georgian cottages, and the operating heritage flour mill.
(1 hour 45mins from New Norfolk)
Spend the day in the South West National Park visiting some of the State’s most remote country, a wilderness which forms the core of the Tasmanian World Heritage area and featuring Lake Pedder and the scenic Franklin/Gordon region and breathtaking panoramic views from Mount Anne.
Port Arthur (1 hour 40 mins from New Norfolk)
Some guests bypass Hobart to take the short cut to historical Port Arthur where they spend the day and return to Explorers Lodge in the evening.
Huon Valley (1 hour) and the Tahune Airwalk (1 hour 30 mins)
Experience the Huon Valley wine route, orchards and pristine forests.
En Route to Strahan
Our guests love to stop over at the beautiful Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest fresh water lake in a world heritage area.