5 Magical Ways to Maximise Derwent Valley Tasmania’s Spring Season.

There is something very magical about the Derwent Valley in spring. The wintry weather calms (well, maybe a little!), the days feel lighter and new life shoots up in every direction. Dew-soaked grass starts to shimmer in the warm sun glow and the crisp air feels super refreshing.

Here are 5 magical reasons to experience Tasmania’s Derwent Valley in spring:

1. Meet the Locals

You can’t help but feel cheery driving along a Derwent Valley country road smiling at the sight of spring lambs jumping to and fro in the fields. Each year at this time, new life is breathed into the Valley’s fields and transforms the mountainsides into wool-flecked works of art. The best thing about it all? You can get up close and personal with these cute critters by visiting any one of our fabulous farm stays that will let you meet the lambs; or even watch the highly skilled sheepdogs that work hard to herd them all from place to place.

28 Gates

Credit 28 Gates Instagram.

2. Visit Country Gardens ‘Springing’ with Life

Hawthorn Lodge is heritage listed accommodation with beautiful gardens and magnificent trees including the oldest magnolia in Australia. An established orchard and market garden provides most of the produce for the restaurant and tea rooms. Award winning scones and jams are served on the veranda or by the fireplace. The Lazy Tea Room is open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday through spring, summer and autumn.

Hawthorn Lodge Lazy Teas

Credit Hawthorn Lodge Lazy Teas

Spend a spring day in the beautiful and historic gardens of “Valleyfield” in New Norfolk. The land, beside the River Derwent in New Norfolk, was originally granted to two ex-convicts, William and Mary Abel, by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 20 September 1813. The house has been continuously occupied and the land around it cultivated by various owners ever since. Open Garden on the 11th & 18th of November 10 am to 4 pm. Entry (cash only) $10 adults, $5 Children, $25.00 family. Tea/coffee included. Light refreshments and coffee van available on site (cash only).


Glen Derwent is hidden behind hawthorn hedges and set on five hectares of park-like pasture and gardens overlooking the River Derwent. Come celebrate the home’s 200th Anniversary on Sunday 25 November with a Regency House & Garden Party. Entry includes delicious period lunch and afternoon tea as well as Regency dancing, croquet, history tours, horses and games. Regency dress appreciated but not required. $45 online and $49 at gate.

Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat

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Prospect Garden located in the heart of Hamilton is now open 7 days a week from 9 am to 4 pm every day through spring and summer.

Prospect House

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3. Taste our Local Produce

You can stroll through the New Norfolk Market Stalls on a Saturday, pick direct from our New Norfolk community market, stop by a roadside store or dine at our multi award winning local eatery. Whatever you choose you’ll be sure to delight your taste buds with the full-flavour of home grown produce.
The Westerway Raspberry Farm will be OPEN full-time from Saturday 17 of November with a flush of fresh picked strawberries.

Westerway Raspberry Farm

Credit Westerway Raspberry Farm

4. Wine Tasting

There is no better way to celebrate our warmer days than with some bubbles in hand! Our local wineries are also celebrating the release of their new season’s stock and what better way to taste test some Christmas cheer before committing to a box!

Stefano Lubiana Wines

Credit Stefano Lubiana Wines

5. Take a Country Drive or a Wild Week Escape

Whether you’ve got time for a day trip or a ‘wild’ week there is nothing quite like the peacefulness of spring time. Everything is a little bit quieter in spring. The roads are clear, and accommodation is easier to come by. There are no crowds, allowing you to experience our sites in a different light. Catch front row seats of Mount Field’s multi-tiered falls or hike our mountains without a human in sight!

Truffle Lodge

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