New Norfolk business and residential hub
of the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania
New Norfolk Tasmania is a 30-minute drive north-west of Hobart on the Lyell Highway. The road follows the picturesque River Derwent.
Whether you are planning a holiday, overnight or weekend stay or are just looking for a day-trip from Hobart - New Norfolk is the perfect destination. Come and learn about our rich colonial past. New Norfolk is the ideal hub for further exploration of Tasmania's natural beauty.
The New Norfolk Business Community have a wonderful range of boutiques, antique and vintage shops plus all the regular stores that a community requires. Plan a full day trip and enjoy excellent meals from various local and national chain restaurants. There are many wonderful coffee shops and bakeries. Choose from breads, cakes, pies, pizza, gourmet food and groceries.There are accommodation options from budget to luxury and bed & breakfasts including some housed in historic buildings. From banking and broking, to fitness and haircare, you'll find all the everyday services you need.
There are many reasons to visit New Norfolk and loads of things to do and see while you are here. There are pleasant walks, River Derwent activities, historical site visits and spectacular lookouts in very close proximity to town. Don’t miss the historical Willow Court precinct, spectacular Derwent Cliffs Walk and Esplanade.
Plan to stay a few days to take it all in along with a visit to the world famous Mt. Field National Park and the Maydena Bike Park are within 30 minutes of town.
Learn more on our THINGS TO DO AND SEE page
Before colonisation by the British, the area now known as New Norfolk was occupied by the Leenowwenne clan, one of five clans of the Big River Nation. The Big River nation numbered 400 – 500 people consisting of five clans. Little is known of their seasonal movements although it is believed that four of the five clans moved through Oyster Bay territory along the Derwent River to reach their coastal camps near Pitt Water.
In 1804 Hobart Town was founded at the mouth of the River Derwent and in 1807/08, upstream from Hobart Town, around 500 free settlers from Norfolk Island established the beginnings of New Norfolk.
View our HISTORY TIMELINE page
New Norfolk is the unofficial Antiques Capital of Tasmania. There are several niche antiques and old wares shops catering to all tastes and budgets. There are also retail and second-hand shops offering vintage fashion, accessories and all things collectable. Getting around town on foot is very easy and you’ll have plenty of chances to find the perfect gift for someone special, finish off a collection or start a new one.
We have a downloadable map that outlines the trail and how you can avoid missing anything.
Visit our ANTIQUES TRAIL page