DERBY is an historic, mining hamlet in north eastern Tasmania that has reinvented itself as a mountain bike mecca. It has a number of great bike trails, plus it has a number of heritage buildings and a mining museum. There are shops, a hotel and a petrol pump at Derby. There is some accommodation in Derby. The town still has a mining frontier atmosphere about it. From Derby you are in the centre of the NORTH EAST of Tasmania, close to attractions in the following places:
BRANXHOLM is a settlement 10 minutes west of Derby,
LEGERWOOD is a settlement 15 minutes west of Derby,
WELDBOROUGH is a settlement 15 minutes east of Derby,
RINGAROOMA is about 20 minutes south west of Derby,
Mt PARIS DAM is about 10 minutes south of Derby.
SCOTTSDALE, BRIDPORT, GLADSTONE and POIMENA are 30 minutes from Derby. The St COLUMBA FALLS, the beaches of MUSSELROE BAY, ANSONS BAY, WATERHOUSE, plus St HELENS are 60 minutes away. Driving in the NORTH EAST is made more difficult by it being mostly through mountainous terrain. Nearby places are described in the NORTH EAST REGION page.
View Region North East in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Go ogle Page 2 map to see some of my marked features.
FACILITIES: There are shops, cafes, hotels and a petrol pump at Derby. There is a hotel at Weldborough. There is a hotel, shop and a petrol pump at Ringarooma. Branxholm has a hotel, a petrol pump and a cafe. There is some accommodation near DERBY.
SIGHTS: Derby is an old mining town. It has many restored historic buildings and is a good place to rest on the drive to St HELENS. It has a number of things worth seeing, including the;
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS and bike shops.
TIN DRAGON INFORMATION CENTRE in the CBD. This has spectacular displays to teach you about the history of the tin mining industry.
DERBY MUSEUM is located in the old school in the CBD. It has some interesting displays about the history of the region. (See my photo essay below.)
RIVER WALK allows you to appreciate the scale of the old tin mining industry in Derby. It starts near Main Street.
TUNNEL & MONUMENT are interesting sights. They are east of the Derby on the A3 Tasman Highway.
Derby is also within easy driving distance of the:
LEGERWOOD tree sculptures. These are off the A3 Tasman Highway west of DERBY and east of SCOTTSDALE. (See my photo essay below.)
RINGAROOMA CIRCUIT is a good way to get a quick glimpse of this area. It is a continuation of C423 the road to Legerwood. It goes on to both the Ralph Falls and the very large St COLUMBA FALLS before rejoining the A3 Tasman Highway near the PYENGANA hamlet. Unfortunately, in 2013 it was unmade and rough.
BRANXHOLM has the Chinese Tin Trail. This is an interesting, easy history walk at Branxholm just west of Derby on the A3 Tasman Highway.
St COLUMBA FALLS is one of the largest falls in Tasmania and just to the west of it is Ralph Falls. Both are off the A3 south-east of Derby.
POIMENA mining ruins and the BLUE TIERS walks are off the A3 Highway south east of Derby. The Blue Tiers walk is a very interesting, but strenuous walk that takes you to a lovely river and forest. It starts at Poimena.
WELDBOROUGH PASS walk is a short, easy, myrtle forest walk off the A3 south east of Derby,
BLUE LAKE is a real aqua blue lake caused by mining. It is north east of Derby off B82 the road to Gladstone.
Mt PARIS DAM is a decommissioned dam, which has been reclaimed by Nature. It is about 10 minutes south of Derby.
- Mt Paris
1/ Derby is in north eastern Tasmania. The A3 Tasman Highway runs right through Derby, where it is called Main Street. Most of the historic buildings are located on Main Street.
2/ The post office of Derby is an attractive, early 20th Century building on the western end of the CBD.
3/ The old bank has been well restored. It is an interesting example of the Victorian, rural style.
4/ There are many Victorian cottages in Derby.
5/ Derby is cut out of a valley, thus, the houses are lower than Main Street on the northern side.
6/ The old Town Hall of Derby is still operational today.
7/ The old school of Derby is now an interesting museum.
8/ This shows a street on the eastern edge of Derby.
9/ Just east of Derby is this cleverly painted rock that looks like the head of a trout.
10/ This is the track to the Derby Tunnel. This track is part of an adventure trail that takes you around the historic sites of Derby.
11/ When I visited the tunnel in the spring of 2015 the Derby Tunnel Track was bedecked by hundreds of these beautiful flowers.
12/ This is the Derby Tunnel. It was excavated to mine tin. You could wander a considerable distance down this tunnel. I don't know whether or not it was safe, as there were no restriction signs evident.
13/ Branxholm is a town just west of Derby. It hosts this magnificent Victorian era hotel.
14/ This is the monument at the Chinese cemetery near Derby.
1/ Ringarooma is an old former Gold and Tin mining town south west of Derby in north eastern Tasmania. It is on the alternate route to Ralph Falls. This photo shows the lovely old Ringarooma Hotel.
2/ The old, Victorian era church of Ringarooma now houses the visitor centre.
3/ The main street of Ringarooma has many old houses.
4/ This photo shows the White House guest house on the southern edge of Ringarooma.
5/ This photo shows the shop complex at Ringarooma. Unfortunately all these shops were closed in 2013.
6/ This photo shows a quaint cottage in the main street of Ringarooma. It was probably once a shop.
7/ As you drive south from Ringarooma you pass through lush meadows. The peak on the right is Mount Victoria. Unfortunately, the roads deteriorate south of the town.
8/ This is your last view of Ringarooma as you drive south. It shows a valley of lush meadows.
1/ Legerwood is a settlement just off the A3 Tasman Highway, west of Derby in the north east of Tasmania. When the old war memorial trees had to be cut down, they were turned into interesting sculptures.
2/ At the base of this one you can see a plaque and a flower, as I visited Legerwood soon after ANZAC Day.
3/ Each sculpture at Legerwood was a very creative interpretation of the possibilities of using the old tree to honour the local fallen veterans of World War One in a unique way.
4/ I like the way this one even used one small branch to shape into an axe to honour this veteran of Legerwood.
5/ Each sculpture at Legerwood showed character in the face and stance. This one looks quite stoic, as befits a soldier of World War One.
6/ This large tree showed a group of figures. I think it represents the families of Legerwood thinking of their men at the front.
7/ This large tree shows soldiers engaged in their tasks.
8/ The old train station at Legerwood has been rebuilt into a toilet and a BBQ for the convenience of visitors. This is the only facility at Legerwood.
1/ Tonganah is a locality east of Scottsdale and just south of Mt Stronach. There is an old railway there that has now been converted for the use of bicycles and bush walkers. This gallery shows some images taken on a journey there in 2013. This image shows some friendly horses that we met.
2/ Our groups first walked down a gravel road to reach the old railway line.
3/ This is the old railway line. The rails and sleepers have been removed, so that it can be used by bicycles and bush walkers. This railway included many shaded areas that were a prime habitat for fungus at the time of my journey.
4/ I was most impressed by the variety of fungus types that I saw on this journey. However, I do not know anything about fungus, except that most species are poisonous. In the next few images you can see the enchanting shapes and colors that I saw.
1/ This is the historic Weldborough Hotel. It goes back to the 1880s, when Weldborough was a thriving mining town. It is a few kilometres from the Weldborough Forest Walk shown in the photos below.
2/ The Weldborough Forest walk is a short, easy excursion into an ancient myrtle forest. It is located just 15 minutes east of Derby on the A3 Tasman Highway, near the Weldborough settlement.
3/ This photo shows the base of an ancient myrtle at the Weldborough Forest walk.
4/ Here you can see a fallen myrtle amidst ferns on the Weldborough Forest walk.
5/ There are also many large man ferns in the forest on the Weldborough Forest walk.
1/ The Mt Paris Dam lies just south of Derby. It was built in 1935, but has been empty since 1970. It is 250 metres long and 16 metres high and is described as a concrete slab and buttress dam. There is a short easy walk from the car park to the base of the dam.
2/ The Dam wall begins at the car park with this old slip way. There are no facilities, but the area makes a good location for a rough picnic.
3/ In 1985 these holes were made in the dam wall to allow the Cascade River to flow freely again. I found it strange to see a dam with neat holes in it.
4/ This image looks through the holes to the other side of the dam. The wall reminded me of a medieval castle wall.
5/ This view shows the buttresses that you pass as you walk through the dam wall. Walking through the water is potentially hazardous, but one of the holes was dry when I visited in late 2020.
6/ This image shows the cascade river flowing away from the dam wall.
7/ This image shows one of the neat holes in the wall.
8/ This image shows the area that was once covered by water.
9/ This image shows the four holes made in the dam wall.