The obvious attraction in Derby Tasmania is the amazing Blue Tier and Derby mountain bike trails! Stunning rain forest and state of the art tracks for your thrills and enjoyment. The fun and adventure does not end there…
Located in temperate rain forest North-East Tasmania, the Blue Derby Mountain Bike trails encompass some of the most stunning landscapes in the state. Over 80km of green, blue and black trails, there’s challenges and fun for everyone. The Blue Tier Trail is an epic wilderness trail wrapping itself through the forest. A 60 minute shuttle gets you to the top of Blue Tier, then try Atlas and the looped trails of Derby and Black Stump. Read more about Mountain Bike Riding in Derby Tasmania.
Paddlers can get a different perspective on the north-east’s stunning landscapes, by kayaking the Ringarooma River. Explore the beautiful 12-kilometre section between Derby and Moorina, which features grade two rapids through impressive, sculpted granite gorges.
Tasmania’s east coast also offers excellent sea kayaking. From St Helens, you’ll find unforgettable kayaking locations, including the stunning coastline of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Further south, Freycinet National Park offers some of the most spectacular paddling experiences on the island.
Walking Trails – Blue Tier
Take a stroll through Derby Tasmania or try the easy Goblin Forest walk (20 min) and explore the history of the Blue Tier. Great for those that don’t have a lot of time but want to stretch their legs. Try the moderate Moon Valley Rim Loop walk (2 hours). The walk takes you to the summit of Mt. Poimena then along Moon Valley Rim and Blue Tier Battery before returning via the Sun Flats Road. Try this link for a range of walks:
Prospecting In Derby Tasmania
Prospecting is one of those activities enjoyed by young and old, whether it is for gemstones, gold or even meteorie fragments. A pleasurable activity with family and friends, can also be quite a serious pursuit for others. Close by is Little Blue Lake. Once a mine hole, the lake now reflects a stunning aqua blue from the minerals at the bottom of the lake. Gem hunters should keep their eyes peeled for smokey quartz, topaz and amethyst too. The Cascade River and Mutual River in the Derby Tasmania region are also popular gemstone fossicking areas.
The landscapes of Derby and North East Tasmania offer spectacular diversity of land forms and ecosystems and some of the best photo opportunities happen as you drive along. A photographers dream – the light is different in the North East—a kaleidoscope of sparkling blue oceans, white sandy beaches, rolling green pastures, rich red soils, ancient forest greens and the steely grey of precipitous mountains.
Art & Culture in Derby, Tasmania along the main road, including
The Derby Schoolhouse Museum is a local history museum situated in the heritage school building, which was built in 1897. The Museum’s collection includes many photographs, documents and artifacts dating from the early days of European settlement in the region, with a focus on the mining era. The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre and Café has interpretive displays, videos, and the story of the 1929 flood dramatically told on a 15 meter screen in the purpose-built interpretation centre. It is a grand story of human heartache, heroism, tragedy and hope in the face of nature’s fury.
Golfing – Excellent Golf Courses
Enjoy a round of golf at Ringarooma or Moorina Golf Course or treat yourself to an unforgettable golfing adventure at Barnbougle Tasmania. Sit around the fire at night and share stories of eagles and par!
Fishing in the nearby stocked dam (Fishing licence required)
Fancy some fresh Tasmanian fish for dinner? You’ll find some of the world’s best inland and ocean fishing in this part of the state. Go fly fishing in the north-east’s clean, clear streams and rivers, to catch wild brown trout that are thought to be the purest strain in the world. Tasmania also offers incredible game fishing, just a few minutes’ offshore. Experience the unparalleled adrenaline rush of fishing for southern bluefin tuna or striped marlin in the ocean off St Helens.