What to Do
May be do very little and relax in the Hawthorn Lodge gardens or lounge.
In the winter a wood fire and book might be just what you need mixed, with playing a few games. We have all the traditional ones available. And books to browse and read.
In the summer enjoy the gardens and our traditional cream tea. And make use of our garden games that includes croquet or bowls.
Any time book a massage with Marie, a highly skilled and professionally trained masseuse.
For guests who have no car local walks and fishing or picnics on the Derwent or Styx rivers might be the go.
For those with a car within a short distance a significant number of opportunities open up. Mt Field National Park with the world famous Russell Falls is just over 10 minutes. At Mt Field there are numerous walks from short and easy to all day alpine treks. We can advise on where to walk and have many maps and guidebooks available. There are BBQ facilities at Mt Field.
The Derwent Valley is very productive and produces wonderful fruit and produce. Sample at one of the wineries or for cider at the Two Metre Tall Cider farm very close to Bushy Park. There are lots of places to picnic in both the Derwent and Styx valleys. We can organise the picnic for you.
New Norfolk, the nearest town is a pleasant short drive along the Derwent River. The main interest in New Norfolk are the antique shops, Willow Court and the church. Also the place to stock up on any supplies or dine. There are pleasant riverside walks and BBQ areas.
A significant local attraction is the Museum of Old and New Art often called MONA and takes about 25 minutes to reach.
The Agrarian Kitchen has established itself as one of the very best cooking schools in Australia is located nearby. You will need to book ahead to secure a place. We can organise a transfer if you do not have a car.
Hobart is 40 minutes’ drive and has much to see and on Saturday is the famous Salamanca market.
Very close to Hawthorn Lodge is reckoned to be the best trout fishing in Australia where the Styx River joins the Derwent River and also along the Tyenna River. A licence is needed that can be purchased in New Norfolk and costs $37.50. Further afield is Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon which have good trout fishing.
Hawthorn Lodge is on the Tasmania Trail and the end of Stage 2. This is a multipurpose trail for walking, cycling and horse riding. Cycling is possible along the trail but also on the road to Strathgordon going beyond Mt Field. There are also some good mountain bike areas. Cycling to New Norfolk along the Derwent River makes for a good ride.
Kayaking is popular from Bushy Park to New Norfolk along the Derwent River with easy rapids. Organised kayak tours can be booked.
In winter base yourself at Hawthorn for weekend skiing at Mt Mawson at the top of Mt Field National Park.
The oldest golf course in Australia is at Bothwell. In the middle of Bothwell is the Australasian Golf Museum.