Events and Attractions in the Derwent Valley

Willow Court History Group are now proud to inform you of other events and attractions within the Derwent Valley. 

Annual Events and Attractions:


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Discover Autumn in the Derwent Valley and all that is good about the region with a day of great entertainment, fine food, local wines, beers, music for all tastes and renew friendships on the banks of the beautiful Derwent River. Enjoying one of the most picturesque settings anywhere in the State, the Festival marks a special time of the year. The Esplanade at New Norfolk with its huge open space along the Derwent River is a magnificent site offering a stunningly colourful vista of superb autumn tonings displayed by the wide variety of old Oaks, Elms, Willows and Poplars. 

Special Events:

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Culinary Events and Attractions: 

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The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school established by Rodney Dunn and his wife, Séverine Demanet offering paddock-to-plate experiences in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan, 45 minutes from Hobart and 10 minutes from Willow Court in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, Australia. Coming soon, EATERY & STORE @ Willow Court.

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Sally Wise is the bestselling author of several books, including A Year in a Bottle and Slow Cooker. She is a regular guest on ABC Local Radio in Tasmania for a Jams and Preserves talk-back segment. She has been a presenter at events such as Melbourne Food and Wine festival, Gardening Australia Expos, Open Gardens Australia and many community functions. During her classes you can, for example, sample drinks of a bygone era – sparkling elder-flower or exquisite fruit cordials made from the exceptional fruits grown in the region or Sally’s garden, or even foraged from trees along country lanes. 12 minutes from Willow Court.

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Stefano Lubiana Wines and Ostaria are less than 15 minutes away from Willow Court Historic Site on the Banks of the Derwent River towards Hobart. Owned by Steve & Monique Lubiana the site boast a range of award winning bio-dynamic wines and have a range of special evening events and a regular lunch menu of the highest standard often procured from their own vegetable gardens.

Different Events and Attractions:

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The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland.”

MONA was officially opened on 21 January 2011. Along with its frequently updated indoor collection, MONA also hosts the annual MOFO and Dark Mofo festivals which showcase large-scale public art and live performances. MONA is 20 minutes from Willow Court. 

Nature & Outdoor Attractions:

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Aardvark Adventures is an adventure tourism, corporate/group event and team-building company based in Hobart, Tasmania. Abseiling at the Gordon Dam has been included in the Top 10 Adrenaline activities in the world today, along with rafting the Zambesi River, bungee jumping in South Africa, and the X Roller Coaster at Six Flags, California. Standing 140 metres high, the Gordon Dam is the world’s highest commercial abseil. The Gordon Dam is 1 hour and 55 minutes drive from Willow Court. 

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Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s most loved national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors. Few other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.

 The park essentially has two visitor sections. The first, near the park entrance, includes picnic facilities and the famous Russell Falls. Stunning walks through enormous fern forests and some of the tallest trees in the world are available in this area.

The second visitor section is centred at Lake Dobson and includes the long day walks and skiing areas. 56 minutes drive from Willow Court.

Self Drive Scenic Attractions:

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DERWENT VALLEY AND BEYOND: Starting in Hobart, this scenic drive through the Derwent Valley and on to the heart of Tasmania takes you through a variety of landscapes – from tranquil rivers, rolling hills to giant forests and rugged mountain wilderness to Lake St Clair and the source of the Derwent River. Start: Hobart Duration: 3 – 4 days

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