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Country Style - - NEW NORFOLK TASMANIA ON THE MOVE -

LO­CA­TION Just a 35-minute drive from Ho­bart, this idyl­lic river val­ley seems a world away. “A lit­tle bit of coun­try close to the city,” says Faye Wind­sor of Der­went Real Es­tate, and who grew up in New Nor­folk. HIS­TORY AND SCENERY A stun­ning com­bi­na­tion of river val­ley, and moun­tain back­drop with a num­ber of his­toric ham­lets sprin­kled around the dis­trict. DER­WENT VAL­LEY Come to the area in au­tumn to see the spec­ta­cle of ma­jes­tic trees such as oaks, wil­lows, and elm light up the val­ley in au­tum­nal tones.

RUS­SELL FALLS AND MOUNT FIELD NA­TIONAL PARK

Of­ten called Tas­ma­nia’s pret­ti­est wa­ter­fall, Rus­sell Falls in Mount Field Na­tional Park is a great day trip about 40-min­utes’ drive north-west of New Nor­folk. It’s a 20-minute re­turn walk to the falls through cool rain­for­est with tall fern trees. Mount Field has camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, bar­be­cues and a vis­i­tor cen­tre. parks.tas.gov.au >

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