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Tasmanian Highlands - Rivers Run Route
 
rivers run tasmaniaRunning straight through the very heart of Tasmania, you will find the Rivers Run Touring Route. The stunning region boasts a rich culture, with a deeply embedded history, that contributes to making it one of the most charming and exciting regions within the state. This is a truly diverse region that offers an enriching experience of scenery, serenity and wonderful things to do. Ideal for a campervan hire Tasmania holiday, the Rivers Run Touring Route will take you on a journey through Tasmania that will capture your heart and allow for a true discovery of just how beautiful this part of the country is.

Bothwell - Miena

The first route of the tour will take you on a journey through the highland region of the Rivers Run. You can start this adventure in Bothwell, a town that boasts a strong 19th Century heritage. Bothwell was settled in the 1820's by Scottish graziers, and their history and heritage is evident as soon as you enter the picturesque town. While in town you simply have to check out the Waddamana Power Station Museum, which will give you a wider understanding of the concept of hydro-electric power.

It is then time to travel along the route to Miena, a drive that will introduce you to several Bronze roadside sculptures. These clever statues signify the highland way of life, with special attention to its early settlers, the pioneers. Once you arrive in the small fishing village of Miena, you will instantly be drawn to the foreshores of the Great Lake. This town appeals greatly to those who love fishing as it is an ideal destination for trout, which essentially is what draws in some of the biggest names in fishing!

Granton - New Norfolk - Plenty

One of the best things about this scenic route is the fact that it will take you right along the Derwent River System. The first place you can explore along here is the area of Granton, which is actually a suburb of the state's capital, Hobart. The stunning region is highly regarded for its abundance of wineries and vineyards, and offers endless opportunities for you to sample some of the fantastic, locally produced wines.

Once you have explored the vineyards of Granton, venture towards New Norfolk, which is the capital of the Derwent Valley. Although this is the commerical centre of the route, it still has the ability to boast a pleasant contrast between old world charm and modern architecture. Nestled on the banks of the picturesque Derwent and set amongst stunning mountains and valleys, this city offers a rich culture and history that add to its charm and appeal. Offering endless opportunities for thrill seekers, such as the Tasmanian Devil Jet, a jet boat experience in which you power up the Derwent River past the rustic scenery, with non-stop speed and thrills, this destination is ideal for those who wish to combine nature with fun and adventure.

As you venture further along the route, you will come across Plenty and Bushy Park, the hop growing centres of Tasmania. Plenty is positioned on the Southside of the Derwent River and Derwent Valley and is a great place for salmon fishing. The region offers some truly remarkable sights, sounds and views that allow you to experience the English countryside of yesteryear.

Ouse - Hamilton - Gretna

Ouse is a quaint little township on the edge of the Derwent River, and although it is often overshadowed by the much larger town of Hamilton, Ouse still boasts historic buildings and architecture that are guaranteed to leave you in awe. The Ouse Bridge Chapel of St John the Baptist, is comprised of striking stained glass windows and interesting memorials, which help to contribute to the historical beauty of this this small country town.

Journey for a further 16 klometres up the road and you will come across the previously mentioned town of Hamilton. Hamilton's charm shines through its unique small stone cottages and old farmsteads that are positioned perfectly within this intirguine rural setting.

The short drive to Gretna will reward you with even more spectacular views of the Derwent River, and it is also home to the site of the World War I Memorial. The river is great for canoeing and kayaking, and is the perfect place to spend a day with the family.

Lake St Clair - Derwent Bridge - Tarraleah

Once you have reached the Derwent Bridge, you will only need to venture a further 5 minutes up the road to reach Lake St Clair. This is the home of a beautiful natural lake, which is also a great place for canoeing, kayaking and a spot of fishing. It is located on the southern end of the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, which is home to multitudes of bush walking tracks that will allow you to experience the stunning mountains, while breathing in the fresh country air and absorbing its natural beauty.

As you delve deeper into the Tasmanian wilderness you will come across other stunning towns such as Tarraleah, which is home to pristine lakes and spectacular mountain views. Perfect for a round of golf, the course here is one of the highest courses in Tasmania. Another great outdoor activity to take part in is to mountain bike the impressive terrain, all while soaking up the peaceful atmosphere of the stunning Tasmanian highlands.

Mt Field - Tyenna Valley

Begin exploring the Tyenna Valley as soon as you come across the river of the same name. This journey will take you across the Wellington Ranges, which is home to Mt field, a major feature of the Mt Field National Park. The mountain is often snow covered making it an ideal skiing destination, especially in the winter months.

The Tyenna Valley remains largely untouched and is home to some amazing mountains, waterfalls and forests. As you follow the river you will pass through the historic towns of Maydena and Fitzgerald, where you can begin to gain an understanding of Tasmania's culture and heritage. Drive a little further and you will enter the Styx Valley, which is home to the tallest hardwood trees in the world. The scenery in this valley is unforgettable and is sure to make you want to come back for more!

Exploring the Tasmanian Highlands during a driving holiday really is the best way to go. It allows you to soak up the magnificent scenery and feel free to stop and explore the amazing sights and sounds of this spectacular region.

Christine Barton




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