About New Norfolk
New Norfolk, one of Australia's oldest towns, is set in the beautiful rural setting of the Derwent Valley along the Derwent River, 30 km north-west of Hobart. New Norfolk was the third planned settlement in Tasmania (1807), after Hobart and Launceston.
This was at a time when Hobart was experiencing food shortages, and the fertile Derwent Valley showed promise. The region was first settled by convicts who were relocated from Norfolk Island. Hence, the town's name ! Today, it has a population of 5,000.
The town has a number of buildings of historic importance, including St Matthews Church which is one of Australia's old churches, and the Bush Inn (1815) which is the oldest continually licensed hotel in Australia.
Another historic building, The Barracks (1830), was initially a hospital for invalid convicts. This expanded into a hospital for the mentally and physically handicapped, which operated for over 170 years until 2001. There are a number of historic hospital buildings, including The Olgas (1886), Ladies Cottage (1868), and Nurses' Quarters (1911) which still exist on the Willow Court site.
Today, New Norfolk, is the commercial centre of the Derwent Valley with all the supporting businesses, including cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, hardware, chemist, and accommodation. It is also a popular destination for its six antique shops which are within walking distance of each other. For local attractions and things to do view the New Norfolk website.
New Norfolk is centrally located 30 km from Hobart and is a perfect base to explore the surrounding area. It is also the gateway to the Mt Field National Park, and is on the major route to Queenstown and Strahan (view regional map).