Things To Do North East Tasmania

Photo: Anjie Blair

Tasmania is one of the most unique islands you’ll ever visit. There are so many different characteristics in such a small place. From mountains and caves to pristine beaches and historic towns. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find something for everyone here.

In this piece, I’m going to be focusing my attention on the North East part of Tasmania. This is for two reasons, it doesn’t get as much love as it should and because this would make a helpful guide for all the guests that come and stay at Little Falu.

If I were to list every single thing that you could do, this post would be way too long. So, in the interest of time, I’ve kept it to the things that I find the most attractive in this area and something that will tick everyone’s box.

What Nature Is There To See In North East Tasmania

There are so many amazing places to visit, but I’ve narrowed it down (as the list could be doubled!) to the must-see spots.

Lilydale Falls

Lilydale Falls Reserve has two waterfalls within a short walking distance of each other. The first waterfall is a 6-10 minute walk from the car park, with a staircase leading down to its base where you can sit and enjoy a bite. The second waterfall is just another 3 minutes further and can be viewed from a platform. The walk is easy but is uneven in certain places. It’s just outside of the main township of Lilydale and less than 30 minutes from Launceston.

Lilydale Falls is a popular spot for tourists travelling with motorhomes or for campers, as there are facilities provided on-site. Public toilets, sheltered barbecue areas, as well as a children’s playground make Lilydale Falls a great place to camp and visit.

Halls Falls

This Blue Tier Regional Reserve offers a moderately easy trail that begins and ends from Anchor Road. Enjoy hiking to Halls Falls, a beautiful spot for a swim and a picnic! It’s a 2.4km trail and takes around 45 minutes to complete. It’s a beautiful walk and hike; just be mindful that if there is wet weather, it will be slippery and muddy.

The trail is open year-round, and dogs are allowed on a leash. There are some detours to explore rock pools and a weir below the falls for the more adventurous kind.

Little Blue Lake

This lake is small (300m to be exact) but mighty. Little Blue Lake has a rich blue, bold, and deep colour that looks like something out of a fairytale book!

It’s located in between Gladstone and Pioneer and is quickly becoming a hotspot for tourists who want to stretch their legs, enjoy a picnic lunch or snack with a stunning view and listen to the frogs croaking in the background. You can camp at the lake in a caravan, campervan or tent, but be mindful that there are no facilities in the area. If you want to find out more, I’ve written an in-depth post on this spot.

Mount William National Park

Mount William National Park is a serene and unspoiled nature reserve located on the far northeast coast, at the top end of the Bay of Fires. The coastline has rocky outcrops with bright orange lichen and long stretches of white sand.

The park is ideal for activities like walking, fishing, diving, and swimming and is perfect for those who want to relax by the beach. You’ll get panoramic views of the coast, and on a clear day, you can also see the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait. The park is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, so keep an eye out, especially at dusk.

You can do a few different walks in this area, including the Mount William Summit, Cobbler Rocks walk, and Bay of Fires Lodge walk. There are also six campgrounds in the area, with BBQs, picnic tables, fireplaces, and pit toilets.

St Columba Falls

A relatively easy 30-minute return walk through rainforest ferns and trees takes you down to one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania. It’s 90 meters tall and cascades beautifully down a slope that splits into multiple falls that tower over you as you stand in awe of its beauty.

Besides the fall walk, upon your return to the starting point, you can turn off to a picnic area with toilets. Keep in mind that there is limited parking along the side of the road if you choose to visit.

Evercreech Forest Reserve

There are two main walks at Evercreech Forest Reserve, the White Knights and Evercreech Falls. The White Knights walk is a short and easy trek that leads you through a stunning forest and under the massive white gums of the Eucalyptus viminalis species. These trees are the tallest of their kind in Australia, reaching over 90 meters in height, hence the name White Knights. The walk takes around 20-30 minutes to complete. You’ll also get an elevated view up the hill to see through some of the beautiful bushland around.

The other option is the Evercreech Falls loop walk, which is around 40 minutes on predominantly flat walking trails. You’ll find the falls just off the track about halfway.

There are great picnic facilities in this area, including a large A-frame undercover shelter with tables and BBQs. Even though it’s technically a state reserve, you can still bring pets and have a fire at the campsites. There’s also a free camping area, and the facilities include a drop toilet and firepits. This place is so underrated, and I’d highly recommend you visit it!

Places To Eat & Drink In North East Tasmania

If you’re an omnivore or a vegan, there’s something for everyone in the North East part of Tasmania. Explore just some of what this region has to offer through the places listed below.

Little Rivers Brewery

For Tasmanians, Little Rivers is probably one of the top craft beer producers, and you’ll find it available in many places across the state. But if you’re up that way and want to check out the brewery itself and its full range of beers, you can visit them in Scottsdale.

Lot 40 Brewery and Distillery

This recent addition to the Derby area is a refreshing one. Beautifully fitted-out space that offers a relaxing atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. It’s a café, bar, brewery, and distillery. Yes, you read that right, they make their own beer and spirits. You can enjoy a bite to eat and some music after a big day of mountain biking. They also always have vegan and gluten-free options available.

The Hub – Pizza & Beer

If you’re looking for a cosy atmosphere complete with a warm wood fire, delicious beer, and the mouth-watering aroma of wood-fired pizza, then the Hub in Derby is the perfect spot for you to visit. You can enjoy seating in multiple spots (inside and out) with a great beer garden tucked away at the back. I’m not sure about the gluten-free options, but you can have a vegan pizza (just ask for no cheese) with plenty of drink options.

Pipers Brook Vineyard

The vineyard’s scenic setting makes it the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the views of the rolling hills filled with vines. You can take a tour of the wine cellar or enjoy a wine tasting to get a feel for their popular beverages. A few hours spent here relaxing and indulging makes for a great afternoon!

Pyengana Dairy

Just a 25-minute drive inland from St Helen’s, Pyengana Dairy Company has been crafting award-winning, traditional cheeses since 1992 and the valley of Pyengana for over 130 years. Explore their dairy farm, witness cheese makers in action, and savour their exceptional cheeses.

You can indulge in a gourmet platter with panoramic views of the Pyengana Valley, breakfast, lunch, barista-made coffee or local brew. You can also stop by their farm gate shop for fresh milkshakes, ice cream, cakes, and locally-made crafts.

The dairy at Pyengana uses an advanced milking system that provides a stress-free environment for the cows. This system allows the cows to be milked at their convenience throughout the day.

Clover Hill Wines

Located in Lebrina, just 30 minutes outside of Launceston, Clover Hill Wines was established in the 80s on an old dairy farm. Using traditional practices, Clover Hill is well known for its sparkling wines. The high-altitude nature of the property makes it ideal for sparkling wine production.

So if you’re looking for an elegant wine and dine experience, this picturesque Pipers River region winery should be on your list!

Springfield Farm Fresh Produce

If you love a good farmers market like we do, you’ll love this little pit stop! On the side of the Tasman Highway, you’ll find fresh organic produce sold at a roadside stall. Depending on what time of year you’re driving past, you’ll find baked goods, cinnamon rolls, apple pies, jams, pickles, soaps, salves, handmade crafts, and in-season produce.

Note: Make sure you bring cash, as they don’t use EFTPOS machines.

Things To Do If You Love Sport In North East Tasmania

There are plenty of adventures to be had if you love sport up in the North East! We’ve picked out only a handful to showcase as the list could be going. Feel free to share any other sports activities that you love to do while exploring this part of the world in the comments below.

Barnbougle Golf and Dunes

If you’re after a memorable golfing experience with exceptional views of the North Coast, the world-famous Barnbougle Golfing experience is for you. Whether you are an experienced golfer or a social one, this course is a must!

Do keep in mind that since it’s next to the ocean, it can get quite windy, so be prepared with the right gear and swing.

After you finish the challenging 18-hole course, stop by at the Lost Farm restaurant for a fine dining experience, the Sports Bar for light refreshments, a drink and a game of pool, or The Clubhouse for a casual, laid-back dining experience. They all come with breathtaking ocean views and can accommodate your needs.

Blue Derby

Derby, a former mining town with a rich tin mine history and stunning wilderness, has transformed into a world-renowned destination for mountain biking in Tasmania. With more than 125km of purpose-built mountain bike trails catering to all levels of expertise, the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails offer an unforgettable adventure for all ages, and it’s all free.

If you don’t have a bike, no problem! There are plenty of places to hire out the right gear if you don’t have your own. The Derby trails are open all year round and are maintained daily to ensure a premium experience for everyone. Just keep in mind that there is winter closure for the Blue Tier and Big Chook tracks.

North East Rail Trail

This trail is a 26km ride along a fine gravel path from Scottsdale to Tulendeena (Billycock Hill). It’s an easy ride that’s lined with lush forest vegetation that still provides views of the surrounding mountains. Keep in mind that you will have to cross two highways that provide good sight lines.

If biking is not your thing, you can also walk this trail!

Some Unique Things To Do North East Tasmania

There are certainly a few unique and jaw-dropping spots in this part of the world. Here are a few that we wanted to highlight.

Weld River Gemstone Fossicking

Only 10 minutes from Derby, you can find a great spot for gemstone fossicking in North East Tasmania. No license is required for recreational purposes, but it’s important to follow the do’s and don’ts outlined here.

There are two public fossicking areas in this location. One is east of the Frome road, which can be accessed by walking along the banks of the Weld River. The other is reached via an all-weather track that leaves the Tasman Highway approximately two kilometres south of Moorina.

To enjoy gemstone fossicking, you will need a shovel or large scoop, waders for spending time in the river, and a set of sieves (one fine mesh and one coarse mesh) that slot together, which can be found at stores like Anaconda or online. Now that you’re all set, happy fossicking!

Bridestowe Lavender Farm

Bridestowe is a sight that you have to visit when lavender is in season. Its rolling hills of purple are something that you feel you’d only be able to experience in the French countryside, not here in Tasmania.

Not only does it look divine, but if you love a good selfie, this is the spot for you. With a gift shop and cafe on site, try their famous lavender ice cream. It’s a great stopover on your way up the Northern side of the state for an hour or so. Please keep in mind that there is an entry fee to get into the farm.

Floating Sauna Lake Derby

If you have a sense of adventure paired with relaxation with hot and cold therapy, the majestic floating sauna at Lake Derby is a must-visit when you come to Tasmania. Make sure you book ahead of time and grab an hour-long session to get hot and sweaty and then plunge into the lake to awaken the senses.

The sauna itself is a sight to see, and an early morning or late evening, just as the sun is peaking over the horizon, is the prettiest time for a dip.

For the complete Swedish experience, you can book a night or two at Little Falu, only a 15-minute drive from Derby.

Treetops Adventure Hollybank

If you’re seeking adventure, make sure to add Treetop Adventure at Hollybank to your must-visit list, which is only 20 minutes outside of Launceston.

You’ll need to prepare yourself for an exhilarating experience with flying zip lines, incredible treetop obstacles, exciting floating Segways, and bike trail drops – all conveniently located in one destination that will create lasting memories. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want those?!

The courses at Treetop Adventure range in height, offering junior courses at 1-3m high and tree rope courses at 6-20m high. Whether you’re a beginner or a thrill-seeking adventurer who’s not afraid of heights, there’s something for you to enjoy at Treetop Adventure in Hollybank.

Legerwood Memorial Carvings

The Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees are a unique tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War One. Originally planted in 1918, these trees were sculpted into 25 statues, each representing one of the soldiers they were dedicated to. Unfortunately, over time, the trees became unsafe, causing concern among the community. However, in 2004, a decision was made to transform the stumps into intricate carvings depicting scenes from the war.

Today, you can walk along the avenue of trees, admiring the remarkable craftsmanship and reflecting on the history of World War One.

Don’t forget to pack a picnic and explore the picnic area and take in the symbolism of the Weymouth Pines at each end, representing Gallipoli and the Anzac soldiers.

And that’s it! As you can see, there is plenty to see and do in the North East part of Tasmania. So next time you visit this wonderful state, bookmark this page for some great places to visit!

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