1. Chase a Waterfall or Two at Mt Field National Park.
Whoever said don’t go chasing waterfalls clearly never witnessed the eye-catching beauty of Russell Falls, in Mount Field National Park. In the winter, the heavy rain means that the waterfalls are full and flowing in a dramatic, yet mesmerising way. Tilt your head skywards and witness the water cascading over the tiers and feel the fine mist spray on your cheeks.
Local tip: Visiting Russell Falls in late Winter is the perfect time to see it in its full glory.
2. Take a hike through enchanting National Parks
They say the Derwent Valley is home to some of the tallest trees in the world – with some parts of our region not even being discovered yet. It’s because things here just have that little bit more room to grow, space to breathe. The Derwent Valley is packed full of fantastic walking trails. Choose from short walks, or long hikes through untouched rainforests and World Heritage Listed areas.
Local tip: A great spot to visit is The Twisted Sister walking track, which is 21km by car from Maydena. Take a guided tour through the glorious southern forests and learn a thing or two about the Derwent Valley’s controversial forestry history.
3. Hit the tracks for some mountain biking fun at Maydena Bike Track
Whether you’re an elite mountain biker, or just after some fun with the family, the Maydena Bike Track has something for everyone. This gravity-focused mountain bike park was designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art.
Local tip: If you don’t remember to pack a lunch, enjoy a bite to eat at The Summit Café at Maydena Bike Track.
Credit Maydena Bike Park
4. Master the art of paddle boarding with Derwent Valley SUP School.
They say the Derwent River has magical powers. The wind can change its direction at any time – meaning the paddle boarding conditions can go from easy to be challenging in the blink of an eye (or the paddle of a board). But don’t let this scare you off. Paddle boarding the Derwent River has a sort of calming effect.
Local tip: Book a paddle boarding lesson with the Derwent Valley SUP School and your teacher, Cameron will help take the stress out of the experience and have you confident in no time.
Derwent Valley SUP School
Credit DV Stand UP Paddle Board School
5. Catch some world-class trout for dinner.
The water here is overflowing with trout – perhaps too many. So, the locals would be happy for you to take some off their hands. Although the rivers are closed for fishing over the winter period, our highland lakes are open and accessible all year round.
Local Tip: 28 Gates Farm Stay Accommodation at Gretna offers private trout fishing all year round for their guests at any one of their four well-stocked lakes.
28 Gates Farm Stay Accommodation
Credit 28 Gates Farm Stay Accommodation
6. Grab an off-season accommodation deal and enjoy the warm hospitality of our region.
The Derwent Valley has some of the most unique accommodation options going around, with farm stays, glamping and B&Bs being a massive drawcard to our region. And visiting over the winter periods will ensure you get a great deal. Contact the many fantastic accommodation owners directly to hear their special winter offers.
Credit @Rathmore, Dark Mofo, Paint the Town Red Art Installation
7. Cosy up by a warm fire from with a delicious wine in hand.
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 then be welcomed home by a warm fireplace at your accommodation.
Local tip: The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery works overtime through winter, providing delicious seasonal produce in a warm a toasty environment. Or, visit Stanton Farmhouse and get your hands a little dirty with some clay play.
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery
Leap & Wander Studio
8. Find some trinkets while exploring the New Norfolk Antique Trail.
Many people come to New Norfolk purely for its antiques. There are eight, unique antique shops well known for their diverse collections of antique items.
Local tip: Don’t miss The Drill Hall Emporium on 15 Stephen St, New Norfolk. A 19th Century department store filled with quality antiques.
The Drill Hall Emporium
The Derwent Valley is a Tasmania must-stay destination in any season: glorious in Summer, luscious in Spring, vibrant in Autumn and visually spectacular in Winter. You won’t regret exploring this outstanding part of Tasmania in any season – but Winter would have to be one of our favourite seasons. Come and discover our secrets this Winter.
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