Planning your stay with us

New Norfolk is the hub of the Derwent Valley and gateway to the West Coast, Mt Field National Park and Lake Pedder. Home to many antique shops, historical buildings and the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Cooking school, New Norfolk is the ideal location to explore Southern Tasmania with most of the region within easy reach for a day trip.

Tasmania is very seasonal and trading hours vary

We always recommend you call/book ahead wherever possible, especially if you are visiting somewhere that requires a significant drive or is in a remote location.

The roads are different in Tasmania

Dual lane highways are few and far between. Tasmania is abundant with lovely country drives which is all part of the charm. This does mean winds and bends and limited overtaking on single lane roads. Allow plenty of time to take in the scenery and arrive at your destination safely. Tasmania is abundant with wildlife and it is common to see a wallaby, wombat or echidna along the side of the road, even in daytime. Watch out for wildlife especially at night/dusk and dawn.

The weather

The temperature and weather conditions can change rapidly. Always be prepared with layers and have a good jacket on hand. If you are heading into the amazing national parks and wilderness be prepared with rainproof gear, thermal layers, waterproof hiking/walking boots, hat, sunscreen and water. It is not uncommon to get cold days in summer, especially in certain locations.

Derwent Valley and Surrounds

Heading West

(there are 2 arms of travel)

1. Mt Field and Lake Pedder

2. Derwent Bridge, Queenstown and Strahan

Heading South/East

Crossing is approx. 15min.
Wait times for ferry depending on demand


  • Historic Town of Richmond
  • Coal River Valley (outskirts of Richmond)
  • Salamanca Markets Hobart (Saturday’s)
  • Farm Gate markets Bathurst Street Hobart (Sunday’s)
  • Westerway Berry farm (Depends on berry variety, November to March)
  • Lawrenny Distillery, Ouse
  • Derwent Estate Vineyard
  • Stefano Lubiana Vineyard
  • Old Beach Blueberries Old Beach (Dec-Mar)
  • The Cherry Hut Granton (early December to first days of February)
  • King Rock Cherries Lawitta (Last days of January to first days of February)


  • Derwent Estate Vineyard Granton  “The Shed” Restaurant
  • Stefano Lubiana Vineyard Granton “Osteria Vista” Restaurant
  • MONA
  • Coal River Cheese Dulcot
  • Frogmore Creek Dulcot
  • Barilla Bay
  • Tassie seafood Cambridge
  • Local Pizza
  • Moonah
  • Bar Wah
  • Dana eating House
  • Fico
  • Templo
  • Little Missy Patisserie
  • Sunbear
  • Jean Pascale Patisserie


  • Mt Field National Park
  • Tall Trees Conservation reserve
  • Maydena Bike Park
  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • MONA
  • River Derwent on a Tassie Bound Adventures kayaking experience (SEASONAL)
  • Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • The Wall

New Norfolk is an easily navigated town centred around High Street


  • Antiques at Drill Hall Emporium (closed Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s)
  • Homewares at Miss Arthur (closed Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s)
  • Books at Black Swan (Closed Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s)
  • Unique stationary, paper, stamps, inks and stencils at Flywheel (closed Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s)
  • Antiques at 20th Century Artefacts
  • Antiques at Willow Court Antiques
  • Handcrafts and locally made gifts and goods at Makers on High Street
  • Open air markets New Norfolk Market (Saturday’s only)


  • Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School and garden tours
  • Willow Court Asylum Ghost Tours
  • Pedalmore water bikes
  • Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) lessons


  • Historic Willow Court
  • Arthur Square Park
  • New Norfolk Distillery
  • Welcome Swallow Brewery
  • Pulpit Rock lookout
  • Derwent Valley Railway. This is an easy 10min walk from Explorers Lodge. Open Wednesday’s and Saturday’s 

Dining in New Norfolk

Dine in options in New Norfolk are limited, especially for Dinner. We recommend a substantial lunch while out touring for the day and dinner at local pubs or takeaway

Most takeaway options close by 7.30pm

New Norfolk has a Woolworths supermarket and an IGA. If you are heading west, New Norfolk is your last option to obtain groceries until Queenstown. Food/dining options are also very limited between New Norfolk and Queenstown.

Guests have access to a microwave and disposable plates/cutlery to heat food or enjoy meals at Explorers Lodge.

Daytime only

  • Agrarian Kitchen Eatery (Lunch Fri-Sun – bookings essential)
  • Agrarian Kitchen Kiosk (Saturday’s and Sunday’s 11am-2pm)
  • The Quilted Teapot
  • The Art House
  • Glen Derwent Tea Rooms (weekends only)
  • Open air markets at Banjo’s New Norfolk Market (Saturday’s only)
  • Cheeky Little Place
  • The Cake Lady

Evening dining

  • New Norfolk Hotel (closed Sunday evenings) Pub
  • Star and Garter Hotel Pub
  • Shanghai Restaurant Chinese
  • Bush Inn (Thu-Sat only) Pub

Evening takeaway

  • Ding Dings Asian
  • Apollo Pizza
  • Pauly’s Pizza
  • Martin Cash Pizza
  • Kebab Kingdom
  • Subway
  • McDonalds
  • Eagle Snack Bar
tasmanias best bb trail

Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail

We recommend accommodation across Tasmania staying at a network of quality bed bed and breakfast properties from Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail. 11 convenient locations across Tasmania

  • Margate (Bruny Island and Hobart)
  • Dover (Huon Valley and Deep South)
  • White Beach (Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula)
  • Bothwell (Central Highlands)
  • Queenstown (West Coast)
  • Strahan (West Coast)
  • Stanley (The Nut, Tarkine and North West Coast)
  • Devonport (Spirit of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain Deloraine and Northwest)
  • Beaumaris Beach (Bay of Fires, St Helens and North East Coast)
  • Swansea (Freycinet, East Coast, Maria Island)
tasssie b&b trail map

From Explorers Lodge

  • To Lake Pedder/Strathgordon via Mt Field, Westerway and Maydena
  • To West Coast Strahan/Queenstown via Hamilton, Ouse, Derwent Bridge and Lake St Clair.
  • To Cradle Mountain via Great Lakes, Wadamamma, Deloraine
  • Launceston via midlands (Oatlands, Ross, Campbell Town, Evandale)
  • Huon Valley and Deep South via Hobart
  • Tasman Peninsula via Richmond
  • East Coast via Richmond, Sorrell and Orford
  • East Coast via Campbell Town
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