Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre
Main Street, DERBY
You don't have to travel far! The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre is located at The Corner Store @ The Tin Centre in Derby, which offers great coffee, home baked treats and fresh local produce.
They said the dam would never fail - but it did!
Experience the might and fury of a billion litres of water in a State of the Art Presentation on a 15 m glass screen. The epic story of the Tin Rush, and the European and Chinese miners who sought their fortune from this remarkable metal is told at this popular attraction. Learn also how tin opened the world to exploration and discovery, and its effect on some of history’s greatest battles. Be awed by the might and tragedy of the 1929 destruction of the Briseis Mine in a fury of flooding, so huge it caused the river to reverse its flow for five miles upstream, and wreaked devastation upon the town of Derby and it’s people.
Further explore our history along the Trail of the Tin Dragon and in our museums (e.g. Derby School House Museum, Scottsdale RSL Sub-Branch Military Museum); you'll even find reminders of days gone by when walking some of the many beautiful trails in the area.
School House Museum
Derby's School House Museum is also located in the heart of Derby, and displays an eclectic gathering of items from yester-year, illustrating life in an industrial village and everyday domesticity.
Legerwood Memorial Carvings
Off A3 to C423/4, LEGERWOOD - a larger than life tree carving of a soldier stands at the intersection and points the way.
Travel Time from Derby: approximately 10-12 minutes
Legerwood is home to the amazing avenue of memorial tree carvings.
Originally planted in 1918 by the families and friends of the tiny community’s fallen WWI soldiers – one for each man, one for Gallipoli and one for the Anzacs – this lasting tribute determined that these brave fathers, husbands and sons were never to be forgotten.
Time takes it’s toll, and in 1999 the trees were declared a safety risk and the memorial appeared destined to be lost forever. However, in the spirit in which the trees had been planted so many years before, the tiny but determined community rallied and enlisted the talents of skilled chainsaw carver, Eddie Freeman, to bring the soldiers back to life in sculpture.
Legerwood now has a lasting tribute to their fallen heroes, situated in the Main Street and flanked by a Weymouth Pine at either end. With gently rolling park land, a picnic area and BBQs here, it is an ideal place to stop and contemplate the stories of those represented in the carvings.
Ringarooma, Ralphs Falls & Cash’s Gorge
Continuing approximately 5 minutes east from Legerwood on the C423, soak up the beauty of the rich, rolling farmland surrounding Ringarooma and en route to Mt. Victoria Forest Reserve and Ralph’s Falls.
In the tiny village of Ringarooma stands one of north eastern Tasmania's oldest churches, now proudly displaying the history of the community’s cultural, farming and mining past. A fascinating collection, much enjoyed by genealogists for it’s comprehensive history records, the church (shown here) provides a glimpse into a past of community, farming, gold and tin.
Travelling uphill from Ringarooma, through Mt. Victoria Forest Reserve, the landscape transforms from rolling farmland to rainforest and provides glimpses of the superb Ringarooma Valley.
The Ralph Falls picnic area provides gas BBQs, picnic tables, shelter and an eco toilet.
From this point, you can choose to undertake the 20 minute return walk through a wonderland of moss, ferns and myrtle forest to Norm’s Lookout and the face of Ralph Falls (shown here). At over 90 metres, Ralph Falls is Tasmania’s highest single drop waterfall; a streaming ribbon of water plunging over a sheer rock face.
Cash’s Gorge is a beautiful and relaxed walk of approximately 40 minutes, on boardwalk through rainforest, stands of tea tree, sphagnum moss and rugged terrain, returning to the car park.
Trout Fishing Opportunities
Our special part of Tasmania offers a variety of locations to enjoy trout fishing, from forested rivers to coastal lagoons. Brown trout can be found in nearly every river and stream in the region, and there are a number of lakes, both large and small, which have good populations of this species. The region also has a river in which rainbow trout proliferate (see below), something of a rarity in Tasmania.
The best known of our region's fisheries are located east of Bridport, namely Blackmans Lagoon, and Little Waterhouse and Big Waterhouse Lakes. These fisheries are regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Blackmans Lagoon is the most popular and productive of these waters, with large brown trout caught here each season.
Throughout the region there are numerous small dams, many built to service the mining industry of the last century. These dams usually hold good numbers of brown trout, and offer good fishing whether you are spinning, bait fishing or fly fishing.
Small creeks provide a great challenge in a beautiful environment, and they are also found throughout the region. The Weld River, near Weldborough, is exclusively populated by rainbow trout, a unique experience in Tasmania.
Don't forget to get an Angling Licence!
For more information on freshwater angling, licences and seasons contact the Inland Fisheries, or the Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre on 03 6352 6520.
Barnbougle Golf Links
[B82] Waterhouse Road, BRIDPORT
Travel Time from Derby: 55 minutes
Comprising two iconic and world class golf courses, Barnbougle Golf Links welcomes players of all abilities.
The Dunes, Barnbougle's original course, opened in December 2004 and is a Links Golf Course unlike any other in Australia. Meandering along the dramatic north east coast of Australia's island state, it's where breathtaking scenery and thrilling golf truly come together. The recipient of global accolades, Barnbouble Dunes was designed by US Golf visionary Tom Doak and Australian Mike Clayton, to channel the traditional links courses of Scotland and Ireland.
Officially opened in December 2010, Lost Farm sits adjacent to The Dunes. Designed and built by world-renowned US golf course design company Coore & Crenshaw, Lost Farm has quickly captured the attention of international golfers of all abilities. Within a week of opening, Lost Farm was rated in the Top 10 Courses in Australia by Golf Australia Magazine, and also entered US Golf Magazine's Top 100 List. The course is now positioned firmly as one of the icons in Australia's golfing crown, rated #3 in Australia by Australia Golf Magazine (behind The Dunes at #2), #23 in the World by US Golf Digest, and #72 in the World by US Golf Magazine.
Come and sample superb food and wine, and enjoy friendly country hospitality!
You can also take time to indulge and relax in the multisensory experience of Barnbougle Spa. Using all natural products drawn from the healing properties of Tasmania’s natural environment, be pampered in the tranquil spa setting whilst overlooking spectacular vistas.
Bridestowe Lavender Estate
[Off B81] 296 Gillespies Rd, NABOWLA
Travel Time from Derby: 45 minutes
Experience the romance of lavender! Bridestowe Lavender Estate, at Nabowla, is considered one of the State's most spectacular vistas during flowering in December and January. Meet the internationally famous Bobby Bear! ...Or take a Bobby Bear home!
Bridestowe's 265 acres of manicured fields of lavender, beautiful gardens and sophisticated tourist facilities attracts visitors throughout the year. Stroll through the endless fields, browse for gifts in the Visitor Centre and dine in the Woodcroft Café with a unique, lavender inspired menu. Learn about the very special lavender, it's harvesting and distilling processes and hear a wonderful Tasmanian story, over 90 years in the making. Experience the excellence in lavender that only Bridestowe can offer.
- September - April: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily (Please note: closed Christmas Day)
- May: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday to Friday, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm weekends
- June - August: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday to Friday
Ph: (03) 6352 8182