Explore the Valley

Do you march to the beat of a different drum? Do you prefer to row your own boat, and quite like being up the creek without a paddle? Live life slightly over the edge, and love just keeping your head above water? Or do you preferred a chauffeured drive? Ambling under a giant canopy? Casting a line? Or picnicking beside a gurgling stream? 

 

Whatever! Embrace the adventure. Our Valley has something for everyone, whatever your style, whatever your fitness, whatever your commitment! Follow our roads, explore our lanes, trek our paths and navigate our waterways – your adventure will always lead you to yet another amazing discovery in the beautiful Derwent Valley.

 

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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary: -42.708619, 147.271673
The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School: -42.840261, 147.035218
Curringa Farm Tours: -42.552599, 146.794756
Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Board School: -42.776544, 147.062660
The Drill Hall Emporium: -42.779949, 147.064928
Flywheel: -42.780616, 147.063864
Highlands Power trail: -42.382533, 147.001547
Tassie Bound Adventure Kayaking: -42.689023, 146.712126
Wild Pedder: -42.767012, 146.045148
Great Aussie Photo Tours: -42.682222, 146.716651
Glen Clyde House: -42.552751, 146.834978
Waddamana Power Station: -42.124629, 146.746462
Maydena Bike Park: -42.755319, 146.628258
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong is a sanctuary for wildlife run by a passionate team of like-minded people. They’re a social enterprise: a little business with a biiiig heart!


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Curringa Farm Tours

Curringa Farm is an established attraction that gives visitors a taste of life on a working sheep farm and a better understanding of wool production, sheep husbandry and cropping activities.

Not only will you learn about best practice land-care and farming techniques, but it is also a charming setting for a delicious lunch for a minimum of 4 people.

Please refer to our Tour Operator Information page for detailed groups information about our standard Farmers Lunch Program (minimum 6) and the Shearers Smoko available for a minimum of 4.


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Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Board School

Learn how to SUP and have SUP lessons at Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Board School, an ASI accredited learn-to-stand-up-paddle school located at New Norfolk, Tasmania. Only 40 minutes (37kms) drive from Hobart.

Derwent Valley Stand Up Paddle Board School is owned and operated by Cameron Douglas.  He is an experienced paddler and enjoys flat water paddling and surfing SUP up to double overhead. He began paddling, after a friend introduced him to the sport and has never looked back. He’s been instructing ever since.

Cameron unexpectedly fell in love with SUP and wanted to share the joy of the sport with others. He is thrilled to see confidence build and the joy on people’s faces who have never tried it before. It’s also a great way to exercise and explore beautiful areas.


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Flywheel

Flywheel is a boutique stationery store in New Norfolk offering stylish stationery products along with a working letterpress studio.

Stationery from around the globe sits happily with vintage office finds. Some lucky visitors will see the antique cast iron printing press in action, printing letterpress goodies for the store and custom projects for clients.


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Glen Clyde House

The Kingdom Gallery at Glen Clyde House.

Our heritage-listed building plays an important role in Tasmanian arts and crafts. Glen Clyde House is found on the outskirts of Hamilton, a quiet picturesque village and gateway to the Central Highlands just one hour from Hobart on the way to the west coast. It’s a perfect stop to enjoy the artworks or to enjoy a cuppa and light meal in idyllic surrounds. 
 
Glen Clyde House welcomes you to come to our recently refurbished gallery where you will find the practical, the quirky, and the unusual in art and craft from across Tasmania. We currently have the work of more than 30 artisans represented and the number continues to increase as the work of former and new artisans is added. 
 
From late September through to early May the gallery and café in Glen Clyde House is open for visits.

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Great Aussie Photo Tours

Mt Field National Park has an amazing array of imagery to capture.

Resident photographer (yes, he actually lives in Mt Field National Park) Greg Power is available for personalised Photographic Tours or conducts a range of smaller group tours throughout the year.

Tours change with the seasons so please visit our website to learn what tours are available now and book your place.

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Highlands Power trail

For a unique experience in the rugged Central Highlands of Tasmania, we recommend touring the Highlands Power Trail, where a bold vision became a reality and changed the shape of Tasmania.

This self-guided driving trail provides visitors with an insight into the history of hydro power within Tasmania.

Stop at points of interest on the journey to see key sites and learn about the extraordinary challenges faced by the workers.

How to find us: Take the circular trail north from Bothwell, heading towards Waddamana Village and the power station. Continue along to Penstock Lagoon and Waddamana Canal before re-joining the Highland Lakes Road for the return journey to Bothwell.


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Maydena Bike Park

Step into the wilderness to the summit of a mountain. Choose your line and let gravity guide you.

Maydena Bike Park is a gravity-focused mountain bike park 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.

The park is serviced by a year-round up-lift bus service, servicing both mountain bikers and sightseers. Multiple gravity trails capitalise on the unrivalled 820m+ vertical elevation available on site, offering a vast array of epic, long distance descending trails, catering for all abilities.

The Park offers;

  • shuttle uplift service,
  • sightseeing tours,
  • bike hire and retail bike shop,
  • café and bar,
  • skills coaching and group skills sessions,

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Tassie Bound Adventure Kayaking

Adventure kayaking. It is our passion to showcase the Valley’s most beautiful and impressive natural settings, to reconnect people with nature and provide an informative and truly memorable outdoor adventure experience.

Whether you’re an experienced kayaker looking for a new exciting adventure or a family who is not sure what sit-on top kayaking is all about, we promise that you will find lots to interest you.

All tours include kayak and safety equipment, opportunities to view Tasmanian wildlife in their natural habitats and a delicious morning tea and lunch prepared by our qualified chef using local in-season produce.


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The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School

The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school offering paddock-to-plate cooking experiences in a 19th-century schoolhouse at Lachlan, 45 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. It was established by Rodney Dunn and his wife, Severine Demanet in 2008.

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The Drill Hall Emporium

he Drill Hall Emporium is more than the usual antiques store, it is an experience.  Step within and you can feel the passion and love for antiques that we, a mother and daughter team, share.
We live by the philosophy that antiques not only create unique and personal interiors, they also are a pleasure to use in the kitchen, garden and home.


We are constantly searching locally and abroad to bring together a unique mix of antiques, both decorative and useful.  These items are all displayed lovingly within our store, a former army drill hall.


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Waddamana Power Station

Located in Tasmania’s rugged Central Highlands, Waddamana is the site of Hydro Tasmania’s first power station and the centre-piece of the Great Lake Power Scheme.

Development of Waddamana Power Station and the scheme commenced in 1910 through a private company, however financial struggles forced a sale to the Tasmanian government in 1914. Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Department was formed to continue the ambitious development.

Construction in this isolated region was difficult, with limited access in for workers, supplies and equipment. However, the resilience and determination of the Central Highlands’ people prevailed, with Waddamana A Power Station commissioned in 1916 with two operational generators.

Waddamana is located very close to the geographical centre of Tasmania, with the closest nearby town being the charming historic Bothwell. 

Waddamana Power Station is at the halfway point of the Highlands Power Trail, a self-drive journey through the Great Lake Power Scheme.

We recommend you allow approximately 1 hour to spend at the heritage site. There is no catering facility at Waddamana, however, you may wish to bring supplies and relax at the picnic area or use the gas barbecue. 

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Wild Pedder

Wild Pedder is a new adventure tour operator presenting the pristine wilderness of Southwest Tasmania to those who dare to venture.

 

Owner-operators Lou and Cody are passionate about sharing the incredible diversity and experiences that can be had in Tasmania’s wilds. An extraordinary passion for the outdoors and specifically Tasmanian Wilderness brought these two young men together, but it was their unique and personable style of guiding that gelled them into a fantastic team. For Cody and Lou, this new venture is not considered work, merely their life, love and passions on display. Come and join them on their next adventure into the wild.

Combining bush-walking and kayaking, The Pedder Experience instils a sense of underlying connection with the land and an ongoing custodianship to the natural world.

Designed to challenge and reward, with the comfort of a warm lodge, fine Tasmanian food and a glass of Pinot at the end of the day.

Wild Pedder is like no other.

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