7 Reasons to Explore Tasmania's
Derwent Valley this Winter.

The Derwent Valley is located within a short drive from Hobart and stretches from Granton to Mt Field, Lake St Clair to Lake Pedder.  The beautiful Derwent Valley is a Tasmania must-stay destination: glorious in summer, lush in spring, vibrant in autumn and visually spectacular in winter.   Cool sunny days spent exploring are followed by frosty evenings that call you to cosy up by a warm wood-fire.

Below are seven top local tips and tricks to maximise your Derwent Valley winter stay.

1. Chase a Waterfall or Two at Mt Field National Park.

Through winter our wilderness is lush, waterways are full, and the waterfall flows are dramatic and mesmerising.

Falls are fed by a plethora of streams and snow melt that runs off the surrounding high peaks and situated in picture-perfect locations, with ­fantastic camping grounds and day-use areas nearby.

Russell Falls in Winter

Credit @Lifecatchme

Local tip. Visit Russell Falls in late winter.  Tilt your head skyward and witness the water cascade over the tiers and feel the fine mist spray on your cheeks.

2. Take a hike

The Derwent Valley is surrounded by National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Areas, packed full of many fantastic walking trails ranging from challenging to chilled.

Hiking in the Derwent Valley in Winter

Local tip: Just a short 21km drive from Maydena you will find The Twisted Sister walking trail.  Take an easy, child-friendly stroll through deep rainforest, huge eucalypts and small wetland areas. Gaze at the base of the soaring E. regnans and be guided through an enchanting tour of some of the State’s finest southern forest features and learn about Derwent Valley Tasmania’s controversial forest history.

3. Get active

Get on yer bike and hit the trails at the Maydena Bike Track , a gravity-focused mountain bike park open now in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. Designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art, our world-class trails will offer something for everyone, from families through to elite riders.


Or you can book a paddle board with the Derwent Valley SUP School.  Watch the mist and your heart rate rise on the River Derwent.

Views from Maydena in Winter

Credit Maydena Bike Park

Local tip:  Pick up a “bum slider” toboggan from the crew at Waterfalls Café & Gallery and head up to the Lake Dobson Carpark for some snow play. Please keep up-to-date with snow conditions via Waterfalls Café & Gallery Facebook Page and check in at the PWS Visitor Information Centre at Mount Field for current road conditions.

4. Go fishing

The rivers are closed for fishing all winter, but our highland lakes are open and accessible all year round.

28 Gates Trout fishing

Credit 28 Gates Farm Stay Accommodation

Local Tip:  Check out 28 Gates Farm Stay Accommodation at Gretna, they offer private trout fishing experiences for guests on their four well stocked lakes all year round.

5. Grab an off-season accommodation deal

Derwent Valley has a range of accommodation special offers through winter to suit everyone’s tastes and budget.  Meet warm, friendly hosts that make you feel right at home.

Cosy up in Winter in the Derwent Valley

Credit @Rathmore, Dark Mofo, Paint the Town Red Art Installation

Local Tip:  Check out Hamlet Downs Country Accommodation’s winter warmer special, Pedder Wilderness Lodge Stay 2 Pay 1 deal or stay at Rathmore in Hollow Tree through June and experience Cally’s delicious red rhubarb meringue tart and Paint the Town Red light installation.

6. Cosy up by a warm fire.

Who doesn’t love an open fire?  It’s one of the most charming experiences about visiting our region through winter. Get active during the day and be welcomed home by a warm fire in your accommodation at night or enjoy the ambience over a long lazy lunch.

Winter at Truffle Lodge

Credit @TruffleLodge

Local Tip:  The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery’s Cheminee Philippe is working overtime through winter.   The New Norfolk two hat restaurant is open for lunch from 11 am from Thursday through to Monday all winter long.

Stay at Stanton Farmhouse and be spoilt with afternoon tea on arrival by the fire. 

7. Explore the New Norfolk Antique Trail.

Many people come to New Norfolk purely for its antiques. There are eight antique shops well known for their vast and diverse collections and antique items.

Winter at Drill Hall Emporium New Norfolk

Credit @drillhallemporium

Local Tip:  Don’t miss The Drill Hall Emporium on 15 Stephen St, New Norfolk. A 19th Century department store filled with quality antiques.

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