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5 Bucket-List-Worthy Experiences You Can Have In The Derwent Valley

A pristine landscape, an adventurer’s playground, a local’s secret – The Derwent Valley is close to Hobart, but far from the daily grind. Home to quaint roadside stalls and famous restaurants, or gentle bushwalks and fast-paced mountain bike trails. Here are five things to do in Derwent Valley Tasmania that will appease the thrill seekers, gourmands or anyone seeking a tranquil break away from the everyday.

1. Glamp under the Milky Way with nothing but views of the Derwent River ahead.

Situated on the banks of the Derwent River just 39 km from Hobart, luxury eco-hotel
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.

2. Taste the agrarian lifestyle at our famous Agrarian Kitchen Eatery.

Born from the desire to reconnect to earth, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery is all about authentic food and real ingredients. Set inside New Norfolk’s old mental asylum, the restaurant offers relaxed dining where you can taste low-impact, fresh or fermented fare. Equipped with everything to create a ‘paddock-to-plate’ experience, the Eatery sources its food locally and changes its menu seasonally. The experience of dining at this place will exceed the expectations of any true foodie.

Local tip: Be sure to book ahead of time, as this place is very popular.

Image by Adam Gibson

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

3. Shred through Tasmanian wilderness at Maydena Bike Park.

If this doesn’t get your adrenalin going, we’re not sure what will. The Maydena Bike Park is the ultimate destination for thrill-seekers offering 73 individual tracks and a gravity-focused mountain biking experience. Not to mention, you will also be weaving through an untouched, natural rainforest, which is home to some of the tallest trees in the southern hemisphere. After all the action, rest your legs at the Summit Café for some lunch and a cold drink.

Local tip: The park has a bike shop at its base for all your last-minute retail needs. Plus, a full-time mechanic for any service or repairs.

Maydena Bike Park

4. Kayak past Platypus with Tassie Bound Adventure Tours.

It’s said that the platypi in the Derwent Valley are the biggest in the world. How big? You’ll have to see them for yourself from a kayak guided by locals who know all the secret hiding spots. Tassie Bound Adventure Tours will take you on a twilight paddle tour, passing through gentle currents in search of the mysterious animals and stopping for a tasting platter along the way. It is the perfect chance for you to get in touch with nature at its finest and see the Derwent River’s many natural marvels.

Local tip: There’s a very small chance you’ll fall in, but still be sure to bring some extra layers in case you get splashed. 

Tassie Bound Adventure Tours

5. Stand up on a paddle board with Derwent Valley SUP School.

Explore the River Derwent from a new perspective, standing atop a paddleboard as you glide down the river’s tranquil waters. Derwent Valley SUP School will prepare you with all the fundamentals of the sport, as you paddle through some of the purest water in the world and past banks of drooping willows. How’s that for serenity?

Local tip: Bring a hat, some sunglasses and prepare to fall in love with a new sport (or fall into the water). But never fear, beginners will gain confidence in no time.

Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Board School 

There’s a reason why The Derwent Valley is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s premier tourist destinations. Why? Well, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself. If you’re looking to tick off a few Bucket List items this year, see you in ‘The Valley’.

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