ON THE MOVE: NEW NOR­FOLK

THE THRIV­ING COM­MU­NITY OF NEW NOR­FOLK LOVE THIS RIVER­SIDE TAS­MA­NIAN TOWN FOR ITS CHAR­AC­TER AND NAT­U­RAL BEAUTY.

Country Style - - CONTENS - WORDS VIR­GINIA IMHOFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHY MARK ROPER

We head to Tas­ma­nia to ex­plore this river­side town with breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral scenery.

THE BUSY TOWN AND COM­MER­CIAL HUB of New Nor­folk sits on a broad sweep of the poplar-lined Der­went River in south-east Tas­ma­nia. While the town’s rich past as Tas­ma­nia’s third old­est set­tle­ment (es­tab­lished in 1807) is ev­i­dent in some of New Nor­folk’s old build­ings, to­day it’s also ap­pre­ci­ated as a vi­brant place to live close to Ho­bart. With a thriv­ing or­chard in­dus­try, cook­ing schools and fine din­ing scene, its rep­u­ta­tion as a food des­ti­na­tion is adding to the at­trac­tion. Few know this bet­ter than Tammy and Donna Baird and their sis­ter Rachel James, who grew up in New Nor­folk and now run busi­nesses there. Tammy, Donna and their mum Sue own The Drill Hall Em­po­rium, a high-end an­tiques store with a depart­ment store feel, while Rachel is the let­ter­press printer at Fly­wheel, a bou­tique stationery and print­ing busi­ness that the fam­ily also runs. “It was great grow­ing up here, swim­ming in the river and kayak­ing down the rapids,” says Tammy. “These days more and more peo­ple are mov­ing here, es­pe­cially from in­ter­state. It’s great for the first home buyer, and it’s be­com­ing a food des­ti­na­tion, with the Agrar­ian Kitchen Cook­ing School, and the new Agrar­ian Kitchen Eatery at­tract­ing peo­ple.” “We have a Satur­day mar­ket now in the cen­tre of town, and Two Me­tre Tall brew­ery have farm bar nights on Fri­day and Sun­day of­fer­ing bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties,” Donna adds. “All the an­tiques stores in town make for a good day out, as well as nice at­trac­tions like Rus­sell Falls and Tyn­wald Park. Peo­ple of­ten call in to The Drill Hall on their way to have a meal at the Agrar­ian Kitchen, and all these things are good for lo­cal jobs.” Rachel, 23, agrees. She just bought her first home — a 1950s house — in New Nor­folk, ex­tend­ing the fam­ily con­nec­tion into the fu­ture. She’s con­fi­dent the town will con­tinue to flour­ish, but part of her de­ci­sion to buy here was sim­ply be­cause she liked the idea of walk­ing to work. >

The Der­went River runs through New Nor­folk in south-east Tas­ma­nia. FAC­ING PAGE Sis­ters Tammy and Donna Baird run lo­cal an­tique shop, The Drill Hall Em­po­rium, as well as Fly­wheel stationery and print­ing busi­ness, where their younger sib­ling Rachel (right) is the let­ter­press printer.

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