Discover Tasmania’s pioneer heritage in the historic sites, including one of the country’s oldest pubs, at this town on the Derwent River.
On the banks of the Derwent River, upstream from the state capital, New Norfolk combines natural beauty and local history. With a population of more than 5,000 permanent residents, New Norfolk is a bustling country town. Its main street has all the amenities that you’ll need during your stay. Follow the Derwent for a long walk, explore antique shops for Australian art deco items and visit the tombstone of the first white woman to set foot in Australia during your visit to New Norfolk.
The third-oldest town in Tasmania, New Norfolk is recognised for its pioneer heritage. Many historic buildings and sites remain throughout the town and are some of the major attractions in the region. Visit St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, the oldest Anglican church in Australia, to see its impressive stained-glass windows and tower. Construction of the church began in 1823 to cater for a rapidly increasing population in the area. Stop by Bush Inn, said to be one of the country’s oldest pubs, for local beers. Ask your bartender which beers use locally grown hops, a specialty of the area.
Cross the river to see the grave of Betty King. An inscription on the tombstone claims she was the first white woman to arrive in Australia. Continue along the Derwent River for views of the rolling hills and fertile pastures that surround the town. Climb to Pulpit Rock Lookout for views across the town.
Use New Norfolk as a base for outdoor exploration. Drive a half hour northwest to reach Mt. Field National Park. Hike through the park or take a picnic to enjoy in one of the designated picnic areas.
New Norfolk is located just a half-hour drive from Hobart and its international airport. Accommodation in the town is plentiful, ranging from luxury hotels to budget motels and serviced apartments. Come to this town in a pretty rural setting to experience some of Tasmania’s world-famous outdoors and fascinating convict history.