Derby, Bridport, Weymouth & Scottsdale....
Destination Focus – Derby
Derby has undergone a transformation! From a tin mining town on the verge of extinction, to the mountain biking capital of Australia, if not the world. The mountain bike trails of Derby have attracted riders from countries all over the world. From casual Saturday riding to intense national competitions, there is no doubt that Derby is a favourite with mountain bikers.
Destination Focus – Bridport
Bridport is a popular beachside holiday destination, famous for its white sandy beaches, coastal parks and bushland reserves, and Barnbougle Dunes – one of the world's best public golf courses and Australia's number one.
Overlooking Anderson Bay, Bridport offers excellent river and sea fishing, bushwalking and beach activities.
Australia's top public golf course, Barnbougle Dunes, and its neighbouring Lost Farm golf course are just east of Bridport and built on sand dunes to mirror the classic wild courses of Scotland.
Town facilities include supermarkets, chemist, baker, butcher, clothing store, doctor's surgery and several levels of accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast, to holiday resorts.
Bridport is a 1-hr drive (85 km) north-east of Launceston.
Destination Focus – Weymouth
Weymouth is a small township in northern Tasmania, Australia, on the Pipers River opposite Bellingham and about 60 km from Launceston. It has a very small permanent population; however, it attracts many visitors during the summer months. Weymouth has a beach, a tennis court, a community hall with a playground and a seasonal shop, which after a period of closure, has now reopened… a perfect spot for a shack retreat!
Destination Focus – Scottsdale
Scottsdale is the largest town between Launceston and Tasmania's East Coast.
Surrounded by lush green pasture and blue mountains, its fertile soil and mild climate are ideal for farming, hence the rich agricultural history of the area. Hops were once an important crop, however over the last few years many of these farms have been sold or turned into dairy farms.
Today, potato farming, dairy farming, pine plantations, poppy cultivation and mining are all major industries in the area.
Nearby at Nabowla, 15 km west of Scottsdale, is the world famous Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm. The farm produces the finest quality lavender flowers and lavender oil and around December and January the rolling hills of lavender fields are a spectacular sight.
Scottsdale has a good selection of shopping and services, including a serviced hospital that includes acute care beds, an Outpatient and Emergency Service and other facilities. Housing options in Scottsdale are improving, and this little country town is coming back!!