Tourism

Our region is blessed with considerable tourism opportunities. It boasts great natural attractions such as tall forests, spectacular waterfalls, World Heritage coastal wetlands, rich agricultural landscapes and long stretches of unspoilt beaches.


Dorset is a wonderful place to visit, and we welcome you to Dorset with this descriptive Mayor's Message full of tips and ideas. There are also many events and activities available for residents and visitors to enjoy, with events currently scheduled in Dorset described on our Events Page.

To help plan your trip, some of our most iconic tourist attractions are briefly described below. 
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

Located in temperate rainforest, the Blue Derby Trails encompass some of the most stunning landscapes in Tasmania. The main trail head, located in Derby, provides easy access to cafes, parking, public toilets, showers and a bike wash facility. To stay up to date with what's going on at the trails, check out the official Facebook page.

Barnbougle Golf Links

Barnbougle is now a name that represents two iconic golf courses, true golfing treasures for both the enthusiast, and social golfer. Located on the rugged north east coast of Australia's island state, Barnbougle Golf welcomes players of all abilities. Superb food and wine is on offer, along with friendly country hospitality. Airport transfers can be arranged to make your stay and play all the more relaxing.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Estate at Nabowla is considered one of the State's most spectacular vistas during flowering in December and January. The 265 acre site is noted for its manicured fields of lavender, beautiful gardens and sophisticated tourist facilities, and attracts many visitors throughout the year. Stroll through the endless fields, browse for gifts in the Visitor Centre, and dine in the Woodcroft Cafe, where you can enjoy unique, lavender inspired cuisine.

Mt William National Park

Mt William features sparkling granite boulders covered with bright orange lichen, long sandy beaches and clear, blue seas. It is a particularly colourful place in spring and summer, when the park's open grasslands are ablaze with fields of wildflowers in bloom. There's an amazing diversity of animals, including rare Forester kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, Bennetts wallabies and pademelons. Birds are also particularly abundant, with honeyeaters, wrens, robins, finches and pardalotes common, and white-bellied sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles are often seen soaring overhead. 
Walks in the park range from easy strolls on long, empty beaches to longer journeys through a range of habitats. Mt William summit is an easy 90-minute return walk, with extensive views of the landscape, coast and distant Bass Strait islands. The Cobler Rocks walk takes two hours and passes lagoons teeming with wildlife. Luxury guided walks, including meals and accommodation, are also available.
Aside from the excellent walks, there's fishing and swimming as well. The offshore reefs at Georges Rocks and Eddystone Point are among the best dive sites in the state, with excellent visibility, and anglers can take bream and Australian bass at Ansons Bay. (Just outside the Dorset boundary, but also worth the visit!)
Camping is permitted throughout the park, and a day-shelter with gas barbecues can be found near campground No. 4 at Stumpys Bay in the park's north. Picnic tables, fire places and pit toilets are provided near most of the campgrounds. See the Parks & Wildlife Service website here for more information.

Ralphs Falls

One of the 60 great short walks in Tasmania. A streaming ribbon of water, and sweeping views across picturesque farmland greet the walker after an easy rainforest walk. For more information see the Parks & Wildife Service website here.

Little Blue Lake (Sth Mt Cameron)

Little Blue Lake, located off the main road between Derby and Gladstone, is a natural phenomenon resulting from the pioneering mining days of South Mount Cameron and the surrounding areas. Originally a mine hole, the lake reflects a vivid aqua blue from the minerals in its base. Please note, swimming is not recommended due to the high mineral content in the water.

Trail of the Tin Dragon

The Trail of the Tin Dragon takes visitors on a journey from Launceston to St Helens. Beginning with the ancient Chinese temple restored at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, it winds through the historic north east towns of Scottsdale Branxholm, Derby, Weldborough, Moorina and Pyengana, finishing with the Chinese experience at St Helens. The Tin Dragon Trail reveals the previously untold story of north-east Tasmania. It explores the tin rush that occurred at the end of the 19th century, and the Chinese and European miners who came to seek their fortune from this remarkable metal.

Scottsdale RSL Military Museum

The Scottsdale RSL Military Museum has the only Vietnam era Iroquois Helicopter on display, as an impressive centre piece to the newly renovated premises. This helicopter is the only one of it's kind on public display in Tasmania. There is also an extensive display of military memorabilia, covering all wars that Australia has been involved in - from the Boer War to present day conflicts. These unique displays arguably make this military museum one of the best in the State! Call in to 30 George Street to see it for yourself. 

Tebrakunna Visitor Centre

The Tebrakunna Visitor Centre is located at Musselroe Bay, boasting stunning views of Bass Strait and the Musselroe Wind Farm. The centre includes informative displays about the wind farm, the traditional landowners and history of the Cape Portland property, and the maritime and mining history of the region. Parking and toilets are available at this information point, which is about a 25-minute drive from Gladstone. From St Helens, the trip will take around one hour on the Ansons Bay, North Ansons Bay and Browns Bridge Roads.

For more information: 

Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre: Centrally located in Scottsdale's wonderful 1898 heritage listed Court House, our team of friendly local volunteers offer a warm welcome and all the 'inside knowledge' on North East Tasmania, to ensure you don't miss a thing! These wonderful staff won the 2015 Australia Day Day Award - Volunteer of the Year in Dorset. The centre (an accredited member of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania - TICT) consistently places in the Top 10 of the TICT's People's Choice Awards, and can provide information on accommodation and attraction bookings (statewide), pre-trip planning and information, National Parks passes, angling licences, statewide maps, quality gifts and souvenirs, and local and Tasmanian products. Open seven days, there is plenty of parking available, it is close to coffee shops and cafes, and the public toilets are right next-door. Secure bicycle storage will soon be available while you take a break and explore the town, and cyclists can refill their water bottles free of charge in the centre.
Please note: winter operating hours are between 10 am - 4 pm.
Address: 4 Alfred Street, Scottsdale TAS 7260 Email: scottsdalevic@bigpond.com Phone: 03 6352 6520 Facebook: please click here 

The website of North East Tasmania Tourism (NETT) is also a useful resource for visitors to our region. Visitors to the website are invited to choose their North East Tasmania experience from a list that includes Sports and Recreation, Food & Wine, History, Heritage and the Arts and more. The website also offers advice on the region in general, where to stay and where to eat.

The Northern Tasmania website provides a similar resource for visitors to the region.