5 New Bucket List Experiences.
The locals know that the Derwent Valley is Tasmania’s best kept secret. It is their secret. Their own perfect piece of the world. Perfectly, sublimely beautiful. Pristine and vast, with warm pockets of civilisation.
The Valley is in close proximity to Hobart and has always offered a tranquil and relaxing get-away from the bustle of daily life. Times change however and what people look for in their perfect destination has changed too. Here the old and the new sit comfortably side by side. The booming farming communities ensure you will still find the quaint road side stalls and tea houses but also downhill adventure, sophisticated dining, new accommodation options and an educated awareness of the natural environment.
Here are five NEW experiences that will give you an entirely new appreciation for our unique destination.
Since its earliest history, the Derwent Valley has always been a favourite destination for Tasmanians, first for the indigenous peoples and later for the European settlers, and so on until the present day. Now in the 2000’s, the Valley has again captured the hearts of so many, and is coming into its own as Tasmania’s premier tourism and a lifestyle destination.
Forget 5 Star, this is a Million Star Experience!
Truffle Lodge feels like it is a million miles away. This is the camping that you do when you want to pretend to be roughing it. There is a bar and dining in The Lodge which is connected to the tent rooms by a boardwalk, and the 81sq.m. tent ‘rooms’ boast luxurious king beds, coffee machines and hand-made wooden baths in the unique ensuites. Created in one of Australia’s first truffieres, Truffle Lodge boasts absolute river frontage and views to the mountains. Styled to resemble an Aussie Bush Camp, it sits comfortably in its Australian landscape, with a fun overlay of Tales of the Arabian Nights meets Steampunk and launches this October.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Fast becoming one of the most popular water sports and is making waves on the stunning River Derwent.
The Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Board School located on the Esplanade in New Norfolk will teach you to stand-up, paddle in calm, tranquil waters with simple tips on balance, body alignment and stroke technique. Lessons also cover basic safety and weather advice, how to self-rescue and different ways to turn and manoeuvre your board.
In under an hour you’ll be progressing, quickly maximising on the sport’s fun factor and enjoying your stunning surrounds.
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery
Severine Demanet and Rodney Dunn bring our region’s freshest produce onto the plate at the newly opened Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store.
Image by Adam Gibson
Borne of a longing to connect back to the earth, and to grow and cook authentic food with real ingredients, the eatery has already welcomed guests from around the world. Rodney and Severine fell in love with the beautiful Bronte building in nearby New Norfolk’s Willow Court, the town’s old mental asylum.
With its vast expansive space, large windows and high ceilings lined with the original pressed metal, the building begged to be filled with diners and was ideal for long tables which represents the concept that good food is better when shared. This a culinary experience not to be missed!
Platypus Twilight Tour
Derwent Valley’s favourite adventurers, Fiona and Liam Weaver, officially launch their Platypus Twilight Adventure this summer season.
Tassie Bound Adventure Tours operates every evening from November to May offering guests the opportunity to spend a few twilight hours slowing down and spotting platypus from the seat of a kayak while learning about their very secretive lives from a local guide.
Passing through popular natural platypus feeding pools assisted by soft gentle currents of the River Derwent from Gretna to Bushy Park guests pause on route to enjoy a locally prepared tasting platter showcasing award-wining and often hand-picked fresh produce.
This is the perfect adventure for first time paddlers, families and platypus enthusiasts looking for a VIP backstage pass to the Derwent Valley region.
Maydena Bike Park
The latest gravity-focused mountain bike park under development by renowned trail building company, Dirt Art.
Opening on the 26th of January 2018, the Maydena Bike Park will offer full time, year-round gravity trails and a shuttle uplift from the base building in the township of Maydena to the summit trailhead known as Eagles Eyrie.
Once completed, the bike park will offer 120km of trail networks down 820m of vertical elevation providing something for everyone, from families through to elite riders, offering stunning views and a variety of natural technical and machine built flow/trail jumps.
With uplift numbers strictly limited bookings are now available 12 months in advance. Be sure to purchase your tickets and accommodation now to avoid missing out on this world-class biking experience.
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