New Norfolk Tasmania
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New Norfolk is a vibrant town in the picturesque Derwent river valley and is 32kms (20 minutes) north-west of Hobart on the Lyell Highway. It is the third oldest town in Tasmania settled by free-settlers who were relocated when the Norfolk Island prison settlement was closed in 1807. These pioneers were resettled on land grants and the settlement was called New Norfolk in honour of their former home.
By 1860 the hop growing industry was getting established and New Norfolk became the centre of Tasmania’s hop industry. The unique shaped oast houses were built to process the hops which were used by the breweries.
New Norfolk is the town of antique shops so if you’re an antique buff and want to pick up some rare items while you’re on holiday in Tasmania New Norfolk is the place to go. There are also numerous boutique gift shops around the town and some lovely cafes and eateries if you’re looking for a nice meal.
Things to do in New Norfolk
Willow Court Historic Site
Built as a military hospital in 1831 then used as an insane asylum it is now being utlised as an antique centre which also includes various shops and cafes. Located at 15 George St, New Norfolk.
The Salmon Ponds
Ten minutes from New Norfolk you can feed trout and learn about the history and processes of the hatchery production. Located at 70 Salmon Ponds Road, Plenty.
Campervan & Motorhome Parks
New Norfolk Caravan Park
Powered and un-powered sites are available if you’ve rented an AutoRent Hertz motorhome or campervan. If you’re in a rental car there’s also cabins and an onsite caravan. Located at 1 The Esplanade, New Norfolk. Phone 03 6261 1268
Drive Times & Distances to New Norfolk
From Hobart: app. 35 minutes – 35kms
From Launceston: app. 2 hours 15 minutes – 200kms
From Devonport: app. 3 hours 10 minutes – 277kms
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