About New Norfolk
New Norfolk is the densely populated town which is located on the River Derwent. This town possesses a rich history with quality local product as well as stunning scenery. Moreover, it is the residential and commercial center of the whole Derwent Valley.
This town is known to be the 3rd oldest established settlement within Tasmania from the evacuees that have relocated from the Norfolk Island when the prison on the island was deserted in 1807.
The deep historic past can be observed from many old structures in the town such as one of the oldest pubs as well as one of the oldest Anglican churchs – St.Matthews in the whole Australia. Additionally, it still preserves some of the traditional village squares in Australia.
Also New Norfolk is popular among the hop-growing regions as one of the best hop-producing centers for Australian breweries. Therefore, you might spot some odd-looking buildings which are the oust houses and they are used for drying hops in order to prepare for the brewing procedure.
Geographically, it will take you about 30 minutes to drive from Hobart in the North-west direction. Other sceneries near New Norfolk can be South West Wilderness and the Mount Field National Park.
While you are in New Norfolk, you can take a visit to the Betty King’s grave which is located on the northern side of Derwent River. You will be able to witness the headstone with the words “The first white woman to set foot in Australia” at Botany Bay from the First Fleet. It is also recommended that you should take a look at the antique stores which can totally amaze you with Art Deco treasures as well as Australian colonial furniture. And it is needless to say that you should definitely enjoy the magnificent view from the valley, mountain and river there.
Here are the top 5 accommodations you should experience while you are in New Norfolk which will absolutely make your time worthwhile and memorable.
1. Junction Motel, The
This is a clean and worth-your-money restaurant and motel that you should check out if you are planning to visit New Norfolk. From this motel, you can easily transport to West Coast as well as other 3 wilderness national parks which are Lake Peddar, Styx Valley and Mount Field.
Even better, it only takes you 30 minutes of driving from Hobart and with just 15 minutes, you can be at the MONA or Museum of New and Old Art as well as the Moorilla Estate Vineyard.
With excellent service and quality furnishing, the Junction Motel can accommodate even single tourist up to 4-members families with its 30 rooms which are equipped with ensuites for family, twin and double setting.
The restaurant only operates during summer; however, there can be prior arrangement of meals for long-term residents as well as workers. Also the junction accepts event catering of any kind from big party to boutique picnic for both onsite and off-site.
2. New Norfolk Caravan Park
Also in the north-west of Hobart with only 36 km, this park is located on the beautiful banks of River Derwent which makes it the ideal place for discovering Southern Tasmania.
Within the park, there are 40 powered sites which consist of 28 drive-through sites, 12 sites for small caravans and motorhomes. Additionally, there are 4 cabins with a caravan onsite.
On the other hand, there are 25 unpowered sites with trees and grass.
You can find here the facilities for laundry, camp kitchen as well as barbeque. There are electric blankets, television and the facilities for coffee and tea provided together with the cabins.
You can just take a walk for 5 minutes from the Caravan Park to the main shopping district of the Town of New Norfolk. Within the town, you can find countless of antique stores as well as the Bush Inn which is the oldest licensed hotel in Australia.
You can also take a walking track along the River Derwent which passes through the wetlands to go to the Tynwald Park to observe platypus and wild ducks. Or else you can go fishing on river which is a brilliant fishing spot.
3. Shingles Riverside Cottages – The
You will be able to find here the self-contained accommodations which also include waterfront, swimming pool, extensive garden and private jetty.
There are 4 cottages with either apartment or studio style. The service consists of welcome-breakfast provision, electric blankets, reverse-cycle heating pumps, DVD players with wide-screen TV, kitchen with full equipment, facilities for barbeque and laundry. Also you can request high chair as well as Porta cot.
The Birches is the modern spa cottage with 2 bedrooms that can house 8 guests. There are both queen beds and 2 single beds for those bedrooms as well as a queen sofa bed.
The Derwent Cottage can house 5 guests. One bedroom will consist of 1 queen and 2 king singles while another bedroom has the single bed.
The Willow Cottage can house 4 guests with contemporary-studio style. There will be a queen as well as single bed together with trundle.
The Paddy’s Flat is the studio which consists of queen bed with ensuite and compact sitting area. It is located on the lower level of the 2-storey building.
4. Woodbridge on the Derwent
This luxury hotel will bring for you the 5-stars accommodation from the beautiful convict-built 1825 Georgian mansion with riverfront.
From waterfront of Hobart, it will take you 30 minutes of driving. In here, you will be able to see the platypus right from the riverfront pavilion as well as enjoy delicious breakfast and dinner. There will be local products as well as wine from local vineyards featured in the cuisine.
There are several activities that you can enjoy such as reading by the fireplace while enjoying complementary delicacies. You can also use the bicycles and kayaks as well as the sauna and hot tub to relax as well. If you are interested in walking or fishing, then the riverside parklands are the perfect location.
About the furnishing, there are ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioner, heating, free Wi-Fi with views of the river as well as the open wood fireplaces.
Other closed-by locations are the MONA and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Agrarian Kitchen, the Salmon Ponds and the Mt Field National Park as well as whisky distilleries, wineries and breweries. There are even 9 antique shops within the local town.
5. Explorers Lodge B&B
You can find here the self-catering as well as bed and breakfast accommodation. This place is the charming New England house which is located in a peaceful area of the town.
For self-catering, there are some options. The 1-bedroom ensuite unit can house 2 – 3 people while the 2-bedroom unit with 2 bathrooms can house 4 people. The facilities include kitchenette, washing machine, DVD player with TV in the sitting room. There is also private barbeque with balcony that can give you the view over the garden and the hills. You will also a light breakfast on the first morning.
For bed and breakfast, there are 4 ensuite bedrooms which consist of 3 queen beds and 1 twin bed. Also there are separate dining room, sunroom and private lounge as well as facilities for barbeque by the swimming pool.
The internet is available to access. You will have to pay extra for cooked breakfast, while there is continental breakfast included in the tariff.
You visit the antique shops and other historic buildings within New Norfolk or take a walk at the promenade of Derwent River. Also there are Mount Field National Park, Redlands Estate, Salmon Ponds and the MONA which are the attractive locations nearby.