The North East

The North East of Tasmania

The light is different in the North East—a kaleidoscope of sparkling blue oceans, white sandy beaches, rolling green pastures, rich red soils, ancient forest greens and the steely grey of precipitous mountains. The ancient landscapes of North East Tasmania offer a spectacular diversity of landforms and ecosystems.

Explore expanses of untouched coastline, aligned with a patchwork of farmlands, pristine forests and spectacular waterfalls. Breathe in the clean fresh air. Escape to nature in Mount William National Park, Mount Victoria, Blue Tiers or Bay of Fires. Experience how the power of nature and Aboriginal heritage come together at Musselroe Bay’s Wind Farm, Tebrakunna visitor centre and Eddystone Point. Discover North East Tasmania as a premier destination for adventure—mountain biking, hiking, motor biking, fishing and some of the world’s best golf at Barnbougle.

Stay awhile, slow down. Explore North East Tasmania’s rich arts and heritage. Visit our galleries and craft studios; talk with local artists and craftspeople; buy fresh from the garden or taste Tasmania’s best sponge cake from a weekend market; try our local brews; learn about North East Tasmania’s tin rush and the resilience of the Chinese miners; walk in dry-stone and timber-flumed water races.

The choice is yours—adventure, food, wine, art, walks, beaches, mountains, waterfalls—sip, savour, explore—come share with us!

For personal travel advice, pop into the Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre, 4 Alfred Street, Scottsdale, Tasmania, 7260. To chat to a local expert call: 03 6352 6520
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The North East Towns

Dorset covers 3,200 square kilometres with a population of around 7,300. Located in the North East of Tasmania, Dorset is approximately a one hour drive from the northern regional ‘capital’ of Launceston. It is bordered to the west by George Town Council, to the south by Launceston City Council and to the east by Break’O’Day Council.

The main service hub and seat of Local Government for the region is Scottsdale, with the unique nearby coastal town of Bridport a popular holiday destination.

Other towns include Branxholm, Derby, Winnaleah, Ringarooma, Legerwood, Gladstone, Herrick, Tomahawk and Pioneer.









The North East

1. Top spots to buy Tasmanian products

Just have to find that little bit of Tassie that reminds you of your great holiday? Promised to buy gifts for the family? Can’t buy it anywhere else but here? Then here are some places that will happily broaden your...

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2. Top picnic spots

Whilst there are some great cafes and restaurants around, it’s always nice to eat outside in the fresh air. To save you pulling out the tables and chairs beside the main highway (don’t laugh, it happens), here are some local...

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3. Top postcard photo spots

Some of the best photo opportunities happen as you are just driving along – don’t fall asleep on the journey, or you might miss some of the most scenic parts! And always allow extra time to get somewhere, you’re almost...

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4. Top free activities

You’re on holiday – you’ve got a budget, and some days you spend more than you intended. Here are some ideas on how to rebalance the budget justify that splurge...

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Hillwood Berry Farm

5.Top family friendly activities

Kids love learning and seeing new things, the North East has activities by the bucketload for families.  

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6. Top coffee spots

When you’re visiting a new area, it’s always nice to stop and check or make plans for the day over a good coffee. Here are some of our favourites to get you started.

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7. Top rainy day activities

A little bit of drizzle shouldn’t stop you from getting the most out of the day. In the North East there are plenty of ways to spend your time and stay dry too!

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North East Tasmania

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Anzac Day Dawn Service – Bridport

A Dawn Service will be held at Bridport Cenotaph. ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey early on the morning of 25 April 1915 during the First World War (1914-1918).

Australian Mountain Bike Marathon Championships – Derby

The Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Australian Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Mountain Bike Championships are an annual event held in different locations throughout Australia. This event was held in Derby, Tasmania in 2015 and the event (and trails) recieve

Avoca Market

The Avoca Market is held the third Saturday at the Avoca Museum and Information Centre between 9am and 2pm. It is a general market with produce, local bric-a-brac, wood and hand made clothing. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. During January, Febru


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Avis Tasmania


You don’t do things by halves do you! Spend a week and take away a new sense of the region and yourself. Live your own chapter in the nooks and crannies of northern Tasmania, staying in some of the smaller towns and villages.

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