The Best Derwent Valley Accommodation

With its pretty hills, silent rivers and sparkling waterfalls, we strongly recommend a drive through the Derwent Valley. Accommodation options are ridiculously good – from glamping to open-air baths, and we show you the 7 best places to stay!

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Enjoy the autumn colours on your Derwent Valley Road Trip in Tasmania
Derwent Valley, New Norfolk | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

The Derwent Valley is just a short drive from Hobart, and it is the perfect place to start your Lap of Tasmania road trip.

It’s attractions stretch the length of the valley, from New Norfolk in the lower Derwent Valley, to Mt Field, to Lake St Clair and Derwent Bridge in the upper Derwent Valley.

There is plenty to see and do in all three locations – read more in our Derwent Valley Guide – so it makes sense to choose your accommodation nearby and spend more time exploring, and less time driving!

After reviewing all the accommodation options in the Derwent Valley, in this article we highlight seven that offer exceptional value.

Choosing the best Derwent Valley accommodation

Very quickly, we thought we’d tell you how we chose the best Derwent Valley accommodation.

It’s pretty simple. We look for 3 things:

  1. Amazing customer feedback (including our own experiences)
  2. Superb location, or an ‘X’ factor that makes it stand out from the crowd
  3. Great value

Just one isn’t enough. To get on our list it must meet all three.

But you know what, it’s pretty hard to get it wrong in Tasmania because they’re all so amazing!

1. Stanton Farmhouse (New Norfolk)

Stanton Farmhouse in the Derwent Valley is the perfect Derwent Valley accommodation on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Stanton Farmhouse in the Derwent Valley

Stanton Farmhouse is a sprawling historic homestead in rural Tasmania just a few minutes from New Norfolk.

While it is one of Australia’s oldest homes you will find the décor and service to be anything but stuffy!

Wander the 16 acres and explore the orchard, hand feed the pet sheep and say hello to the geese, chooks and ducks which provide free range eggs for your breakfast.

Or maybe kick back on the verandah with your Tassie wine and cheese. Lisa serves the best Derwent Valley produce to give you a true taste of Tasmania, and so you will appreciate Stanton Farmhouse as one of the region’s finest stays.

Lisa is full of fantastic suggestions and local tips on things to do in the Derwent Valley, and a minimum 2-night stay gives you plenty of time to explore it all!

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: New Norfolk (here)
  • Room Rate: $$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: No
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: All rooms are wonderfully appointed – you can even book the whole house – but we recommend the beautiful ‘Finch and Cherry’ corner suite!

~ Exclusive Offer ~

Stanton Farmhouse has an exclusive offer for Lap of Tasmania readers.

When booking online, mention the Lap of Tasmania and you will receive your FREE:

Bottle of Ryelands Pinot Noir + Tasmanian cheese platter

OR

Two Metre Tall Cleansing Ale + Tasmanian cheese platter

2. Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat (New Norfolk)

Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat in New Norfolk is an excellent Derwent Valley accommodation option on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat - New Norfolk

Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat is a gorgeous B&B in New Norfolk, perched on the northern bank of the Derwent River.

This wonderfully restored property has more than 200 years of history, and you’ll love the way it combines olde worlde charm with modern comfort.

Their home-cooked breakfasts get rave reviews, and we think it’s the perfect place to explore the Derwent Valley.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: New Norfolk (here)
  • Room Rate: $$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: Yes (limited)
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Tips: No visit to Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat is complete without experiencing a scrumptious Devonshire tea from the Glen Derwent Tea Rooms – it’s a local favourite!

~ Exclusive Offer ~

Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat has an exclusive offer for Lap of Tasmania readers.

Book your stay, and then mention the Lap of Tasmania at check-in to receive a FREE Devonshire tea!

3. Truffle Lodge (Gretna)

Truffle Lodge is unique – it’s where you go to switch off, relax and enjoy a digital detox in utter luxury.

Located between New Norfolk and Mt Field, each lovingly crafted glamping tent is spacious, with timber, leather and canvas evoking a sense of restrained indulgence.

Just imagine falling asleep to the sound of the bubbling Derwent River, and waking to Aussie bird song? At Truffle Lodge you’ll find all this, and so much more.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Gretna (here)
  • Room Rate: $$$$$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: No
  • Free WiFi: Yes (limited)
  • Suitable for children: No
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: Truffle Lodge is open between September and April every year.

4. Left of Field Caravan Park (Mt Field)

Some call Adrian – owner of Left of Field Caravan Park – the ‘Platypus Whisperer’. And when you see how easy it is to spot one you’ll understand why!

Located at the foot of magnificent Mt Field, this quirky destination is full of surprises. The wood-fired bathtub is a touch of bush-elegance and the camping facilities are fantastic.

If you’re driving the Lap of Tasmania in a campervan this is one place you can’t miss.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Mt Field (here)
  • Room Rate: $
  • Breakfast available: No
  • Self-catering available: Yes
  • Free WiFi: No
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Tips: You’ll need to book ahead to use the bath, but it’s worth it!

5. Bonnie Brae Lodge (Hamilton)

Bonnie Brae Lodge is an excellent Derwent Valley accommodation option on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Bonnie Brae Lodge in Hamilton

The heritage town of Hamilton a great place to break up your road trip between Hobart and Strahan, and Bonnie Brae Lodge is the best accommodation in the area.

Fellow road trippers rave about the delicious breakfast provisions and comfy bed, and you’ll love the log fire in the cooler months. 

Roger – owner of nearby Jackson’s Emporium – is full of great advice if needed. Get in touch and book it in!

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Hamilton (here)
  • Room Rate: $$$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: Yes
  • Free WiFi: No
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Tips: Have a meal at Jackson’s Emporium – they get great reviews!

6. Lake St Clair Lodge (Derwent Bridge)

On the shores of Lake St Clair, just minutes from Derwent Bridge, are the eco-friendly cabins and suites of Lake St Clair Lodge. 

When it’s one of only two resorts in the world to be located inside a World Heritage area, you know it’s going to be special!

The rooms are fantastic and there is plenty to keep you occupied – rainforest bushwalks, a cruise across the lake, even tai chi classes at their Wellness Centre. And with a superb cafe and restaurant on site you won’t be going hungry.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Derwent Bridge (here)
  • Room Rate: $$$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
    (on site cafe)
  • Self-catering available: Yes
  • Free WiFi: No
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: While in Derwent Bridge make sure you visit the Wall in the Wilderness

7. Pumphouse Point (Derwent Bridge)

Pumphouse Point in the upper Derwent Valley of Tasmania - perfect for your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Pumphouse Point | 📷: Adam Gibson / Jarrad Seng / Stu Gibson

Pumphouse Point is an architectural wonder with the soul of poet. Rooms are available on shore, but choose to stay in the ex-Hydro Pumphouse and you’ll feel as though you’re floating above Australia’s deepest glacial lake!

Tasmania is renowned for its gourmet produce, and with your own private larder you can indulge in its very best local cheeses, cured meats, and fine wines at your leisure – and if that’s not enough then a crunchy, freshly baked loaf of bread is only a phone call away, 24/7!

Decadence. Inspiration. Celebration. This is the unique luxury experience waiting for you at Pumphouse Point.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Derwent Bridge (here)
  • Room Rate: $$$$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: No
  • Free WiFi: No
  • Suitable for children: No
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: The remote location prohibits the provision of WiFi at Pumphouse Point, but if absolutely necessary a hot-spot can be provided on request. 

Keep planning your Lap of Tasmania road trip

We hope this has helped make your choice of accommodation in the Derwent Valley that little bit easier.

So what’s next? Have you worked out how to get to Tasmania yet? 

To learn about the different options available – covering Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie and covering both flights and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry – read our article on How to Get to Tasmania.

And if you’re wondering when to travel, check out our article on the Best Time to Visit Tasmania. Not only does it show you the best months to see Tassie’s iconic attractions, but it also helps you avoid school holidays and the peak tourist season.

And how about hiring a car or campervan in Tasmania – are you wondering where to start?

We’ve got two easy-to-read articles that compare the different options, recommend the best companies in Tasmania, and stop you getting caught by the pesky terms and conditions!

Click here to read our article on Tasmanian Car Hire, and here for our guide to Tasmania Campervan Hire.

Happy road tripping!

Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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