The Dorset municipality covers approximately 3,196 square kilometres, in North-East Tasmania. The district boasts large areas of very fertile soils, reserved and production forests, abundant water resources and significant underdeveloped coastal resources with a cool temperate climate.

Dorset's industries centre around agriculture and forestry together with a burgeoning tourism industry. A number of innovative niche industries have also found great success, such as wine, food and vegetable processing.

We Are Well Connected!


The Tasman Highway (A3) is the major route into and out of the district, connecting Scottsdale with the City of Launceston just 60 kilometres (55 minutes) to the west. The Tasman Highway connects with St Helens and the East Coast. The Lilydale-Golconda road (B81) provides an alternative route between Launceston and Scottsdale, with travel time a very similar 60 minute trip. The Flinders Highway is the main coastal road connecting Bridport to the East Tamar Highway, and is the main freight route to the Bell Bay industrial estate on the Tamar River.


Northern Tasmania’s principal airport, Launceston Airport, is around 60 minutes from Scottsdale and offers daily direct passenger flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

A vibrant small airport at Bridport provides daily light freight and charter air services to Flinders and Cape Barren Islands.


The nearest major sea port, approximately 60 minutes from Scottsdale, is the Port of Launceston at Bell Bay on the Tamar River. The terminus for the Bass Strait roll-on roll-off freight and passenger ferry, Spirit of Tasmania, is in Devonport, about two hours drive from Scottsdale via the Flinders Highway.

Local shipping company, Furneaux Freight, operates from Bridport and provides a regular freight and passenger service to Flinders Island, Cape Barren Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands, with an on-demand service to both King Island and Port Welshpool, Victoria also available.

As well as being physically connected, Scottsdale is also connected to the National Broadband Network. (see more).