This huge, three story mansion is set on a hill, overlooking the River Derwent and valley,
and is one of the most elegant rural residences in Tasmania. The house was built in 1830, by the "Terrys" who were one of the districts earliest settlers. They had developed the Lachland River Mill, and made money out of flour milling.
In 1898, prominent politician, William Moore, purchased the house, and extended it by he adding the tower, bay windows, verandah and iron lacework, and renamed it 'Tynwald' after the parliament on the Isle of Man.
Tynwald is set amongst beautiful English gardens, and is in the ABC open garden scheme.
It is located on the outskirts of New Norfolk and is available for accommodation and for meals, 7 days a week.
Entry is via Tynwald Park.
Willow court is the OLDEST MENTAL HOSPITAL IN AUSTRALIA, & on its original site.
The unusual name was given to it by Lady Franklin, who had planted a Willow tree in the yard.
In 1827, it became apparent that there was a need for somewhere where the invalid convicts could be looked after. They were put in temporary accommodation until a permanent building could be built .
The 1st "lunatic" (NOT A NICE WORD, BUT ONE THEY USED BACK THEN), was admitted in 1829. By 1831, the Invalid Hospital and Lunatic Asylum had been built.
The open quadrangled area is what is known as "willow court." Part of the original building is still standing today.
In early years, it was a Hospital for the district, invalid depot for convicts, and Asylum for the insane. It became self sufficient, growing their own fruit, vegetables and livestock.
It"s only one room wide, and has large verandahs and now is owned by the council who are looking to restore it.
It came as a shock to see this quite big Historic place in the town, not far from the modern shops.
New Norfolk is known for Hops....
On entering the southern entrance of New Norfolk, you will see the Tynwald Park estate and Park. The park includes the grand old home and an oast house (1867 - 1969) which was used to dry the hops for more than 100 years until 1969, when it was converted into a museum.
There is a Gift shop and Tea rooms here as well. Inside are displays on the farming of Hops, and how they were processed.
On a drive around the area, you will come across many fields of Hops.
We passed throught Bothwell on our way from New Norfolk to Lake St. Claire.
Bothwell is another old town, having being settled by Scottish pioneer farmers in the early 1820s, and is where Australia’s first herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle once grazed. True to its Scottish heritage, Bothwell has one of Australia's top whiskey distilleries, Nant Distillery.
It is home to the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere and if you are a Golfer, why not play a round of golf at Ratho, the first golf course, laid in the mid-1830s. It is a unique golfing experience - a course with square putting greens and fairways maintained by grazing sheep! a lot of our Australian courses having grazing kangaroos! Nearby, visit the Australasian Golf Museum.
With more than 50 stone cottages, houses and official buildings, you once again feel as if you are stepping back in time on a wander around the town!
The area is also popular with those who love to fish for brown trout.
Bothwell is close to one hours drive (73 kilometres/45 miles) northwest of Hobart.
Located on a steep well constructed path, it is 300metres above Russell falls.
Another beautiful waterfall, well worth the short walk.
You can see in the photo that they look like a horseshoe.
This beautiful park is about another hours drive from New Norfolk.
Tasmanian Devils live here, but don't expect to come across one. The only live one we saw was in a Wildlife Park, plenty of others were squashed on the road.
The Rainforest is outstanding, so are the waterfalls, we really loved this park, no wonder it is very popular.
Russell Falls is the best known and most popular waterfall in Tasmania. They are located in the Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage Area.
We did the the 20 minute walk to Russell Falls, they are beautiful three tiered falls, framed by lush vegetation.