Dec
07
2011

Take a relaxing break at Derwent Bridge

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Located between Hobart, Strahan and Cradle Mountain, the small town of Derwent Bridge is the ideal place to take a well-earned rest stop on your extensive tour of beautiful Tasmania.

Weary travellers often relax in this scenic location after completing the tiring Overland Track, as it is situated just five kilometres from one of Australia's most stunning regions the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

The amazing 74 km Overland Track can take its toll on hikers, who often choose to cap off the journey with a comfortable ferry ride across Lake St Clair – which just happens to be Australia's deepest freshwater lake.

Departing from Narcissus Bay this scenic cruise docks at Cynthia Bay and is a wonderful way to view the spectacular southern peaks of the national park.

Visitors to Derwent Bridge shouldn't be fooled by its small size – as a gateway to the Western Wilderness, it is a popular overnight destination and as such has developed some excellent accommodation facilities to cater to passing travellers.

With a wonderful country pub and friendly locals, it is a delight to spend a few days here escaping from the hustle and bustle of your life back home or as a brief gap in your packed Tasmanian adventure schedule.

The ambitious sculpture known as the Wall in the Wilderness is Derwent Bridge's best-known feature. Made from rare Huon pine, the 100 metre carving depicting Central Highland history is due to be completed by 2015.

Visitors can walk along the wall to learn more about the hardships experienced by the pioneers who settled in the area.

Other activities available during your Derwent Bridge stopover include trout fishing, bird watching and trips to Nant Distillery or Australia's oldest golf course in Bothwell.

Wall in The Wilderness Detail, Image Credit: Matthew Newton Qantas Inflight Magazine

The high country of Cradle Mountain. Image Credit: wandererNJ (TripAdvisor)

Lake St Clair. Image Credit: Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios

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