New Norfolk is a quiet semi-rural town‚ spreading over each side of the River Derwent. The major town of the Derwent Valley‚ it presents a delightful combination of history‚ picturesque scenery and all services. The area’s pioneers were Norfolk Island free settlers‚ who were re-settled in the valley in 1808 when the Norfolk Island penal settlement was abandoned. In the 1860s‚ hops were introduced to the Derwent Valley and became an important crop. Today‚ the Oast House at Tynwald Park is the only hop museum in Australia.
Its array of fine colonial architecture has resulted in New Norfolk being classified as a Historic Town. Highlights include the Bush Inn (1815) overlooking the river and St Mathews Church (1824)‚ the oldest church in Tasmania.