SCOTTSDALE is a picturesque, forestry town in north eastern Tasmania. It boasts a pretty streetscape, as well as the Forest Ecocentre and the nearby Bridestowe Lavender farm. It is the largest town in the north east. There are some facililites and accommodation at Scottsdale.
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FACILITIES: There are shops, cafes and a hotel at Scottsdale. There is a shop and a restaurant at the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. There is some accommodation at SCOTTSDALE and more accommodation at BRIDPORT.
TOURIST information is located at 96 King Street, Scottsdale, the telephone is (03) 6352 6520 or www.dorset.tas.gov.au
SIGHTS: Scottsdale is a pretty town that calls itself the centre of the NORTH EAST. This is because many of the other attractions of the north east are an hour away, which makes it relatively central. The driving in the NORTH EAST is on windy, mountain roads with few connector roads. There are some interesting heritage buildings in Scottsdale. The attractions include the;
BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER FARM is a very beautiful sight when the lavender is blooming in December. It is west of Scottsdale on B81.
CUCKOO FALLS is just south east of Scottsdale off the A3.
FOREST ECO CENTRE is an innovative, award winning, building with interesting displays about forestry. Telephone (03) 6350 6466 (See my photo essay below.) It is on the A3 Tasman Highway on the western end of the town.
MOUNTAIN STREAM FISHERY is at Targa west of Scottsdale. Telephone (03) 6399 3495 or 0408 125 472
Mt. STRONACH FOREST RESERVE and lookout is east of Scottsdale off the A3 Tasman Highway.
OLD COURT HOUSE is now the visitor information centre. It has an interesting photo history of the region. (See my photo essay below.) It is in the Scottsdale CBD area.
SIDELING RANGE Lookout is on the A3 Tasman Highway south east of Scottsdale.
NABOWLA is a old hamlet west of Scotsdale just off the B81 road to Launceston
ROUTES: From LAUNCESTON you reach SCOTTSDALE by driving for one hour east on the A3 Tasman Highway.
From St HELENS you reach Scottsdale by driving west on the A3 Tasman Highway.
1/ Scottsdale is a town in north east Tasmania. This photo shows King and George streets, which are the main shopping precinct of Scottsdale. There are a number of interesting buildings in this area.
2/ The Uniting Church of Scottsdale is an attractive old church in central King Street.
3/ The Beulah BB at Scottsdale has an almost fairyland, Victorian colors and lines appearance.
4/ Like many Tasmanian towns Scottsdale has its own old mechanics institute.
5/ These grand, old palm trees dominate the lower King Street skyline of Scottsdale.
6/ This photo shows a classic Victorian building, the Lords Hotel, which dominates the King George Street corner of Scottsdale.
7/ The Old Court House of Scottsdale is a grand, Victorian building, which now houses the tourist information office. It has a photo history display of the region.
8/ The Old Court House portico proclaims that it was built in 1881. It shows a creative use of timber styles.
9/ The Forest Eco Centre is on the eastern edge of Scottsdale. It is an innovative, award winning building by Robert Morris, a famous Tasmanian architect. It has very interesting displays about forest products, practices and the history of the industry.
10/ The farm lands around Scottsdale and the north east are quite picturesque.
11/ This is the view from the Sideling Lookout looking east towards Scottsdale.
12/ This is the historic church at Springfield. Behind it is a cemetery. Springfield is just a few kilometres north of Scottsdale.
13/ This old house was once owned by a Mr William Edwards, an early pioneer of the Scottsdale area. He ran a hotel on this site called the Vine Grove Hotel. This was infamous for only serving one alcholic drink per customer, per night on the strict orders of Mr Edwards.
1/ The Bridestowe Lavender Farm is located 15 minutes west of Scottsdale in the north east of Tasmania. It is a very beautiful sight, when the lavender is blooming in December.
2/ The Bridestowe Lavender Farm has a well equipped shop and restaurant, which even sells lavender ice cream.
3/ The view back to the farm gives some idea of the size of the farmed area.
4/ The view to the east looks towards Mt Stronach.
5/ This view towards Mt Stronach shows how the fields change with the harvest pattern.
6/ The south view looks towards the Sideling Range.
7/ This image shows what the fields look like after the harvest of the lavender.
8/ The lavender fields present very interesting combinations of colour and geometry. They also smell of lovely lavender.
9/ The view shows recently harvested rows of lavender. The green makes a great contrast to the purple.
10/ The image shows the same view in 2020.
11/ This view shows another example of colour and geometry in lavender.
12/ This view shows the pond at the edge of the property.
1/ Nabowla is a hamlet west of Scottsdale. It was a much larger town in the 19th Century, when it was the entry point for the nearby Lisle gold field. This photo shows the railway station at Nabowla. Trains no longer use this line. There are no shops at Nabowla.
2/ This house in Nabowla may have once been a hotel.
3/ This is the late 19th Century town hall of Nabowla.
4/ This is a former school, which is now a home.
5/ This old church has now also become a home.
6/ This is the cemetery south of Nabowla. The building was once a school.
7/ There are rich meadows near Nabowla. This photo shows the lovely views you get, when the sun penetrates through the clouds.
8/ This photo shows the rich meadow lands of Nabowla.
9/ This photo was taken on the old road to Nabowla. It shows Mount Arthur in the distance.