THE NORTH EAST & FLINDERS ISLAND
A drive along the scenic Derwent River
The North East of Tasmania is a mix of dense rainforest in the south, the Blue Tier range with extensive walks in the centre,
and the beaches and plains of the northern coast. It also includes the 70 or so islands of the Furneaux Group
including Flinders and Cape Barren Islands. Flinders Island is dealt with by itself
in this guide.
Heading east from George Town on the Tamar Valley Tour the first stop in the north east is Bridport. A small
fishing town on Andersons Bay, it is a popular holiday destination for Tasmanians and visitors and several large
resorts provide accommodation. Fresh fish can be bought at the wharf and Bridport is the port for travellers by boat
or charter plane to Flinders Island.
From Bridport head south to Scottsdale and the Forestry Centre and get some information
on what to see and do in the area. To the east you get into forest country. large stands of old growth forest will
be seen from Branxholm on with the road winding through and providing exhilarating contact with nature. The Weldborough
Pass Walk takes you into the forest and further on, from the turn-off to Goulds Country, is a loose surface road
leading to the peak of the Blue Tier through large ferns and trees to the walks which lead from the summit.
The area around Derby and Moorina was once a prolific tin mining area and a museum at Derby provides information on
this area. At Moorinna a Chinese section of the cemetery contains remains of many of the Chinese miners who provided
much of the labour for the works. An old battery has been restored near Moorina and can be visited.
A little further towards St Helens is the small town of Pyengana. There is a dairy outlet here offering local cheese and
produce and a little further along the same road is the highly popular 'Pub in a Paddock' a landmark in the north east
and a place you must visit for a drink or a meal.
To the north, east of Bridport instead of heading south to Scottsdale are the small coastal towns of Tomahawk, Boobyalla and
Musselroe Bay. popular getaway destinations and fishing spots in a protected area along the Bass Strait coast.
Just south is Gladstone and the access road to Mt William National Park, the historic Eddystone Light, and the small
fishing town of Ansons Bay. Many roads in this area are loose surface and road conditions may vary. Despite this, it is
a fascinating area to visit and explore and a road leads from Ansons Bay to St Helens on the east coast.
South of the Tasman Highway between Launceston and St Helens there is much to see. At Legerwood there is an avenue of
wooden sculptures cut straight from standing trees and remarkable to see. South east of Scottsdale are the Cuckoo Falls,
and on the road past the Pub in a Paddock are the St Columba and Ralph Falls.
The north east offers a wide variety of attractions from forestry to mining and has extensive beaches and rugged coastline.
It joins the Tamar Valley and Launceston sections to the west and the East Coast North to the south. Make sure you allow some time
to explore it on your visit.