What to See
Hawthorn Lodge is an excellent place to base yourself for Southern Tasmania and the area around Hobart and explore the many Tasmania Attractions. Much of world significance is close by. We did choose Hawthorn Lodge for good reasons and David having travelled to nearly all countries in the world rates our area of Tasmania as one of the best places in the world to visit.
Being 40 minutes from Hobart in one direction opens all that Hobart has to offer. In the other direction we are on the doorstep of a huge wilderness area with National Parks, Waterfalls and Forest. Mt Field is 10 minutes drive and Lake St Clair and the Wall at Derwent Bridge 90 minutes north. MONA is 25 minutes drive and the town of New Norfolk just over 10 minutes. Hobart Airport is one hour.
Mt Field National Park is the third oldest national park in the world. The most visited section of Mt Field is Russell Falls which is a very short walk from the main visitor centre at the entrance to Mt Field National Park. This short walk can be extended to view other waterfalls including the equally picturesque Horseshoe Falls.
To reach the upper part of Mt Field is a 16km drive that takes you into an alpine region with parking at Lake Dobson. Here there are a range of walks including some serious all day walks. In the winter skiing is possible each weekend. David provides more detail on eGuide Travel.
The Museum of Old and New Art MONA is one of the must do Tasmani attractions if staying with us. Regarded by many as the world’s best modern art museum and has something for everyone. This is not a typical museum and for some will shock. MONA is 25 minutes’ drive. MONA is closed on a Tuesday. Read our review on eGuide Travel.
A little closer to Hobart is the Derwent Entertainment Centre where all the big shows are held.
Hobart Waterfront is 40 minutes’ drive. Popular on a Saturday in Hobart is the Salamanca Market. If not around on Saturday the whole Hobart Waterfront and Battery Point make for a pleasant walk. The Hobart museums and restaurants are excellent.
The popular Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is 35 minutes’ drive where you can get close to Tasmanian wildlife and one of the popular Tasmania attracions. This combines well with a drive to Richmond which is a little further on. A possible idea is to drive via Richmond from Hobart to Hawthorn Lodge.
Beyond Mt Field is Maydena. Here you can take the Rail Track Rider where you peddle along a rail track and the only one in Australia.
Travelling beyond Maydena is one of the most scenic drives in the world to Strathgordon and will take around two hours. A very good day trip from Hawthorn Lodge with plenty of places to stop and take in the vistas. A variation is to turn off and drive to Scotts Peak Dam and walk the start of the Port Davey Track. The Creepy Crawly Nature Trail on the way is very popular.
The Styx Forest home of the tallest hardwood trees in the world has only just opened for visitors. Along the Styx River discover some tranquil picnic areas. This is reached by turning off at Maydena or by a short cut that we can tell you about. The walk amongst the tall trees is magical.
New Norfolk is one of the oldest towns in Australia, under 15 minutes drive along the Derwent River. Well known for Willow Court and one of the oldest churches. New Norfolk is building a reputation for the growing number of antique shops and offers great value buying.
Close by are the Salmon Ponds at Plenty which is the oldest fish farm in Australia. Set in landscaped gardens and chance to feed fish and learn more about angling. For the active fisherman the rivers around are all well stocked with trout and regarded as some of the best in Australia. At Plenty is the Kinvarra Winery and other wineries are close by.
An easy walk from Hawthorn Lodge are the Oast Houses in Bushy Park. Around in all directions are wineries, fruit farms, cooking schools and breweries all utilising the Derwent Valley produce.
Hawthorn Lodge is a perfect stopover location if travelling north from Hobart on your way to Strahan and Cradle Mountain or as an alternative route to the north of Tasmania.
Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula the other big drawcard for this region is possible as a day trip but will take over 2 hours to reach. Closer day trips are to Derwent Bridge, Hamilton and Oatlands.
We have at Hawthorn Lodge a good collection of local guides and maps. David and Marie will be able to help you plan perfect days.