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6 Things To Do In The Derwent Valley During Autumn

There’s something quite magical about the Derwent Valley in Autumn – the gardens and trees put on a spectacular colour show, the days are still clear, with a lingering glow at twilight. There are also so many unique experiences that you’ll only get in the Derwent Valley this time of the year. Here are six things to do when visiting our glorious region in Autumn.
Image credit: Stu Gibson.

1. Ten Days on the Island Events

Intimate Epics, is a series of arts experiences exploring epic themes in intimate settings. Presented as a walking precinct in the historical town of New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley, Intimate Epics offers an intriguing finale to Ten Days on the Island’s 20th year celebrations in 2021. At the heart of Intimate Epics is the former colonial asylum at Willow Court, a place of embedded narratives.

Eclectic and surprising, the program features specially commissioned works from live music to video and visual art installations, food events and site-specific performance experiments. Intimate Epics showcases locals from the Derwent Valley, as well as artists from across Australia.  You can find links to all New Norfolk events below.


2. Get Outside and get your Groove On

Autumn Concert on the Lawn – Sunday, 18th April 2021 from 12noon. free admission.
Relax on the lawns at Glen Derwent and enjoy a performance by Derwent Valley Concert Band and refreshments by Glen Derwent Tea Rooms.
dv concert band

Image credit: Glen Derwent Tea Rooms

Great Escape Camping Music Festival.
Tasmania’s newest outdoor music festival. The event will take place on the doorstep of the rugged Mount Field and showcase a selection of incredible Australian and Tasmanian acts.

The festival will run on April 10th and is a 1 hour drive from the Hobart CBD. Event is strictly 18+.

3. Watch the ‘turning of the Fagus’ as it puts on a spectacular colour show.

The Fagus lives deep within the heart of Mount Field National Park and is Tasmania’s only cold climate winter-deciduous tree. Every year, it changes the colour of its leaves for a few weeks around mid-April, putting on quite the flamboyant show for spectators.

Local Tip:  Book a Luxury Fagus, Fireside and Feasting experience at The Woodbridge Tasmania on the Derwent.

4. Enjoy good conversation and a side of ceramics.

There is something quite therapeutic about kneading clay and letting your creative side loose. Make your very own ceramic masterpiece at Leap and Wander Workshops, where you will be taught how to make rustic ceramic bowls, cups and plates. Take a look at Leap and Wander’s upcoming events.

Local tip: Your teacher Lisa wants you to leave your perfectionism at the door and let all pre-conceived standards go. As sometimes, the imperfections are what will make your ceramic masterpieces more beautiful.

5. Hit the tracks for some mountain bike action at the 2021 MTBA National Championships.

Mountain biking is just one of the many things that Derwent Valley Tasmania do well. From the 9th until 14th of March 2021, Maydena Bike Park will turn into a bustling hub of activity for adventure seekers alike. They will be hosting the 2021 MTBA National Championships and Cross-Country, Downhill, Pump Track & Trial which attracts some of the best mountain bikers in the world. Come along to compete, or just witness all the action trackside.

Maydena Bike Park

6. Spot a platypus or two and see the beautiful Derwent River from the water in Autumn.

Capture autumn from the water and book an adventure with local kayak operators.

Local tips: Book an adventure with local kayaking operators Tassie Bound Adventure Tours or master the art of stand up paddle boarding with the Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Boarding School. Or try Pedalmore Hydrobikes on the River Derwent at New Norfolk

Tassie Bound Adventure Tours

Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Boarding School

Pedalmore Hydrobikes

The service here is attentive and knowledgeable, while the food is simple and wonderful. Of course, it goes without saying that all produce is sourced locally with its ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy. The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery receives an abundant of delicious, local produce from around the Derwent Valley which inspires its dishes. It provides guests with a delicious seasonal lunch menu – which changes from season to season, and sometimes even service to service.

Local tip: Book ahead! The Agrarian Eatery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch from 11 am to 2 pm and is very popular.

inside the agrarian kitchen

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery


Where to stay in New Norfolk

Tynwald Willow Bend Estate

Glen Derwent Accommodation & Camping

Explorers Lodge

The Woodbridge Tasmania

Whatever the season, you’ll find something unique and enjoyable to do in the Derwent Valley. Autumn is the perfect time to witness ‘The Valley’ in a different light and take in its beauty while things are a little quieter, stiller and simpler.

We’d love to hear all about your experiences in the Derwent Valley. Please share your journey by tagging @DerwentValleyTasmania on Facebook or Instagram, or by using #DerwentValleyTasmania and #UnquestionablyDerwentValley.