NEW NORFOLK is a historic town in south east Tasmania. It has many historic buildings and fronts on the beautiful Derwent River. Best of all there is easy access to these sights and there are many facilities and some accommodation in the town. Just west of New Norfolk is the Salmon Ponds hatchery and restaurant, which is a major attraction.
- B61 goes to the west as far as STRATHGORDON. This is between the two famous lakes; GORDON and PEDDER.
- A10 Lyell Highway goes north west following the Derwent River. It turns west at DERWENT BRIDGE, where it connects with the GREAT LAKE and then goes on to QUEENSTOWN on the WEST COAST.
From New Norfolk you are 30 minutes from HOBART, PONTVILLE, the Mt FIELD National Park, RICHMOND and MAYDENA. You are 60 minutes from BOTHWELL, OATLANDS and TARRALEAH. Nearby places are described in the DERWENT VALLEY REGION page.
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FACILITIES: New Norfolk is the commercial hub of the Derwent Valley and most facilities are available there. There is much accommodation at NEW NORFOLK. Note that there are very few facilities west of New Norfolk.
TOURIST information is located in Circle Street, New Norfolk. The telephone is (03) 6261 3700.
BOYER PAPER MILL information on touring the Norske Skog (Boyer) Paper Mill telephone 6261 0111
DERWENT VALLEY general information on tourism contact www.derwentvalley.com.au
DEVIL JET RIDES information on the boat rides telephone (03) 6261 3700
FISHING LICENCES information and conditions contact the Inland Fishing Service www.ifs.tas.gov.au
NEW NORFOLK information contact www.newnorfolk.org or www.totalsouth.com.au
SALMON PONDS information the telephone is 6261 5663 The internet is www.salmonponds.com.au
WALKING TOUR of New Norfolk information, the internet contact is www.walktt.com.au/circle
SIGHTS: New Norfolk is a lovely historic town founded in 1808, when the Norfolk Island penal colony was abandoned and the settlers were relocated here. After over 200 years of English settlement the town looks quite old, colonial English and has a large number of historic buildings. It is also located on the beautiful Derwent River and this, when combined with its old English character, gives it a real charm.
New Norfolk is the best place to shop in the Derwent Valley and has good antique shops. It is an excellent place from which to explore the DERWENT VALLEY, as it is quite close to Mt FIELD National Park, RICHMOND and MAYDENA. It also has easy access to HOBART. The sights of New Norfolk include the:
BUSH INN was built in 1825. It is located in Montagu Street.
OLD COLONY INN built in 1850 is in Montagu Street. It now holds an antique doll collection.
PEPPERMINT HILL Lookout gives a great view of the town and the Derwent Valley. It is south west of the CBD and is a good place to start your tour.
RIVER PARK has great views of the beautiful Derwent River. It is just north of the town centre.
SALMON POND is a historic trout hatchery with a display and a restaurant in the park. It is west of New Norfolk down B62 Glenora Road. This road connects with B61 the main road to STRATHGORDON in the deep west. The telephone number is (03) 6261 5663 or contact www.salmonponds.com.au
St MATTHEW'S Anglican Church was built in 1824. It has impressive stain glass windows. It is located in Pioneer Ave, which is just south of the CBD.
St PETER'S Catholic Church also has lovely stain glass windows. It is located in Montagu Street.
SWALLOWS NEST HOP KILN is in Tynwald Park near the river on the eastern edge of the CBD.
ROUTES: From HOBART drive north on the A1 Brooker Highway, but don't cross the Derwent River. Instead turn west onto B62, which is the road to New Norfolk.
From the A1 Midland Highway just turn west at the Bridgewater Causeway onto B62, which is the road to New Norfolk.
From QUEENSTOWN in the west, just drive East on the A10 Lyell Highway, as it passes through New Norfolk.
- NEW NORFOLK
- Willow Court
- Salmon Ponds
1/ New Norfolk is a lovely, historic town in south eastern Tasmania. It is north west of Hobart and it dominates the Derwent River Valley. This photo shows the sign that greets you as you enter New Norfolk from the east.
2/ High Street is the commercial heart of New Norfolk. It is the best place to shop in the Derwent Valley. The yellow building at the far end is the Council Chambers. It sits on the Circle. Willow Court is to the left, while Montagu Street and the Derwent River are parallel to the right of High Street.
3/ This lovely, old church is St Peter's. It is located on Montagu Street and has a real old world feeling about it.
4/ This is another view of St Peter's. It has stain glass windows of a very high standard.
5/ This is St Matthews Anglican Church. It was built in 1823 and is the oldest, extant church in Tasmania. It also has first class stain glass windows.
6/ This is St Paul's Uniting Church. It was built in 1836 in a very different style from the Gothic Revival style of St Peter's and St Matthew's.
7/ This is the Bush Inn located in Montagu Street. It is the oldest continuously licenced hotel in all of Australia. The Irish composer William Vincent Wallace wrote the lyrics to "Scenes that are Brighter" in the Bush Inn. The great Nellie Melba once stayed here as well.
8/ This quaint building is the Old Colony Inn. It was built in 1850. It offers accommodation and sells antiques.
9/ This is the historic Swallows Nest Hop Kiln at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk. It has an interesting museum.
10/ This is the Art Deco style Council Chambers. Before it is the New Norfolk War Memorial. It dominates the Circle Street and looks down High Street.
11/ This the New Norfolk Post Office. It was built in a modern style that blends in well with the historic town.
12/ These two interesting buildings are on the Circle. The red building was probably once a business.
13/ A walk around New Norfolk reveals many interesting old houses like this stylish, Victorian era example.
14/ This historic home has been progressively expanded. It is today a business.
15/ This substantial Victorian house is the King's Own Inn.
16/ This is the strange, modern complex that dominates the eastern approach to New Norfolk.
17/ The historic Toll House once collected money from people crossing the New Norfolk bridge.
18/ This is the view across the Derwent River from the southern side. The beautiful colours of spring are especially evident on the Derwent at New Norfolk.
19/ This the view from the bridge of a lovely, old complex on the southern side.
20/ This view looks east down the Derwent River at New Norfolk. Note the lovely, proliferation of colours and shapes that you see in spring.
21/ This is the Boyer Paper Mill. It is the major employer in New Norfolk. A tour of the complex is available.
22/ This is the famous bridge at Bridgewater. It is east of New Norfolk. Hobart begins on the far side.
1/ Between the 1860s to the 1960s an asylum at New Norfolk was progressively expanded. It is today called the Willow Court Complex and is the scene of a major, restoration initiative. There are about a dozen buildings of historic significance being currently repaired. Each building is an interesting examples of the architecture of the time. Willow Court will soon be one of Tasmania's, largest, historic sites.
2/ In early 2014 the restoration of Willow Court was proceeding rapidly. This photo shows one of the Georgian era wards. It had a real feeling of history about it. The yellow building in the centre is the administrative hub.
3/ This ward is an early 20th Century type. Note how it contrasts with the Georgian ward above. The Willow Court Complex includes interesting examples of the many architectural styles used over the 100 year period.
4/ This large building is mid 20th Century in style. When it is restored, it will look quite grand.
5/ The Victorian era Nurses Quarters is the only building that is currently being used. It is a large complex that surrounds a court yard, where the nurses once relaxed.
6/ This is the lovely, court yard of the Nurses Quarters. Two balconies look out over a rotunda. It is easy to imagine the nurses relaxing here in the olden days.
7/ This derelict building is a Georgian era ward. It is next to the Nurses Quarters.
8/ These are stylishly restored buildings near Willow Court. They give you some idea as to what the restored buildings will soon look like.
9/ A country band was performing in a park area near the Nurses Quarters. When completed, Willow Court will be a major museum and multi purpose complex.
1/ The Salmon Ponds is a historic salmon hatchery, garden, museum and restaurant just west of New Norfolk, Tasmania. It has been raising and releasing trout into Tasmania streams since 1861. It is an excellent place to take a break on your tour of the Derwent Valley. The telephone number is (03) 6261 5663 and the Internet contact is www.salmonponds.com.au
2/ This photo shows the entrance to the Salmon Ponds. The building to the right is the restaurant.
3/ This is one of the large ponds, where the trout are bred. The man to the left is holding a bag of fish feed. One of the attractions of the Salmon Ponds is feeding the trout.
4/ The ponds are replete with trout. These large trout are about half a metre long. The restaurant has a range of tasty trout dishes.
5/ This photo shows the view down the largest pond towards the hatchery. Notice the ancient, beautiful trees that decorate the garden. This lovely garden has been growing in complexity since 1861. The trees complement the coolness and serenity of the ponds.
6/ This is the hatchery of the Salmon Ponds. You can go inside and see the trout fry swimming in large tanks.
7/ This Victorian era cottage now houses the museum. It is part of a complex of Victorian cottages, where the workers of the Salmon Ponds still live.
8/ The lounge room was decorated in a Victorian era style and contained examples of how large the trout can grow to. The trout on these walls are about one metre in length.
9/ This room contained a very large display of old, fly fishing tackle. I was surprised at how large the range of fly fishing tackle really was. It illustrated the old idea that a fisherman can never have enough fishing tackle.
10/ This was the ladies' lounge room. It was tastefully decorated in a Victorian era style. This is where Victorian ladies gossiped, while their husbands went fishing.
11/ This photo shows the view from the river walk. The cottage is one of a number of cottages used by the workers of the Salmon Ponds complex.
12/ This photo shows the river walk of the Salmon Ponds. To the left is the Plenty River, which joins the Derwent River. You can fish for trout from the river walk and you can see many trout in the river. If you are lucky you might even see a platypus.