Travel Tips from Local People

Derwent Valley Medieval Festival October 2017

Derwent Valley Medieval Festival

Medieval Festival (2017) Image by Leslie J Dee If you’re into everything medieval, from frocks, forging and general frivolity — then look no further than the Derwent Valley Medieval Festival. The event is held at Kensington Park, New Norfolk and

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Maydena Derwent Valley Tasmania

5 NEW Bucket Listable Experiences

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

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Flywheel New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley Tasmania

Rachel James

Meet Rachel James from Flywheel. Flywheel is a small and interesting letterpress and stationery store on New Norfolk’s main street, which first opened in 2012. The building itself is much older, its first incarnation as a bakery evidenced by the original

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Remembering John Terry

John Terry

Remembering John Terry. There is a tendency to assume that all who came to Tasmania in the early days were unwilling participants – convicts, their ‘keepers’ and the black sheep of the English gentry who, because of some indiscretion, were

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Meet Freya Downie

Freya Downie

Meet Freya Downie. Freya loves the freedom of being on the land in the Derwent Valley. Her family home, Clarendon Estate in Gretna, is a historic property established in 1821. The property’s current incarnation is as a dairy farm supplying

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Black Swans on the River Derwent

The Black Swan

Black Swans of the Derwent. I don’t know why I thought that the Black Swan of Tasmania was an introduced species. I just did. I had thought of the swan as ‘European’, and had jumped to the assumption that it had

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Maree Bean Hawthorn Lodge Lazy Teas

Marie Bean

Meet Marie Bean. Being a professional running coach and making endless batches of scones may seem incompatible occupations, but such is the life of the unstoppable Marie Bean.   Marie Bean bought the historic Hawthorn Lodge in Bushy Park in 2015

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Jennifer Kent Director of The Nightingale

The Nightingale

The Nightingale – Movie 2018. Jennifer Kent – Writer/Director. This week, the cast and crew of the movie The Nightingale (2018), left the Derwent Valley after filming here for more than a month. The movie tells the story of the

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Ryelands Farm - Derwent Valley Tasmania

Ryelands Farm

Ryelands Farm. Living the Derwent Valley life: Boil the jug or pour yourself a pinot! Derwent Valley local Derek Jones and his mate Scruffy share from their patch of paradise, Ryelands farm on the banks of the Derwent River. The

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