The Rivers Run Touring Route runs through the very heart of Tasmania. The area is rich in culture and history and is one of the most charming and exciting regions within the state. The diversity of the wilderness makes it an enriching experience for visitors, especially for those who chose from the scenic routes that make this area so well known. The Rivers Run Touring Route makes an ideal driving holiday, which allows you to experience the true wondrous beauty of Tasmania.
Bothwell – Miena
The first of the routes, takes you through the highland region of the Rivers Run. Begin by driving to Bothwell, where you will be greeted with a 19th Century ambience. The small town was settled in the 1820's by Scottish graziers, and this is evident in the rich culture and diversity of the town. While visiting Bothwell, the Waddamana Power Station Museum is certainly worth a visit, as it allows you to gain an understanding of the concept behind hydro-electric power.
While travelling the route to Miena, you will notice several Bronze roadside sculptures. These clever statues are monumental to the highland life and its pioneers and give you a sense of the historical heritage of this area. On arrival to the small fishing village of Miena, you will be drawn to the foreshores of the Great Lake. The great appeal of this small town is the fishing in the area. It is the ideal destination for keen trout fishers and draws in some of the biggest names in fishing!
Granton – New Norfolk – Plenty
This scenic route allows you to travel by car along the Derwent River System. You can begin by exploring Granton, a suburb of the state's capital, Hobart. There is an abundance of vineyards for you to explore and get a taste of some of the fantastic local wines on offer.
After visiting Granton, venture towards New Norfolk, the capital of the Derwent Valley. This certainly is the commercial centre of the route, offering a contrast between old world charm and modern architecture. At New Norfolk, you can enjoy picturesque river, mountain and valley views, while soaking up the rich history and culture of the city. Thrill seekers should definitely check out 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.
Venturing further on your driving adventure, you will come to Plenty and Bushy Park, the hop growing centres of Tasmania. Plenty is nestled on the Southside of the Derwent River and Derwent Valley and is an ideal destination for salmon fishing. While driving around this area you can experience the English countryside of yesteryear, soaking up the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Ouse – Hamilton – Gretna
Ouse is a quaint township on the edge of the Derwent River. Although often overshadowed by the historic town of Hamilton, Ouse boasts historic buildings and architecture that leave you in awe. The Ouse Bridge Chapel of St John the Baptist, shows off striking stained glass windows and interesting memorials, bringing a rich ambience to this small country town.
Located just a 16 kilometre drive up the road is the designated town of Hamilton. The charming nature of the romantic village is eminent in its rural setting, with special emphasis on the small stone cottages and old farmsteads.
The short drive to Gretna rewards you with spectacular views of the Derwent River, which are even more visible from the World War I Memorial. The river also offers opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, making an ideal, fun day out for the whole family.
Lake St Clair – Derwent Bridge – Tarraleah
Lake St Clair is only a 5 minute drive from Derwent Bridge. It is home to a natural lake, which is an ideal spot for canoeing, kayaking and a spot of fishing. Located on the southern end of the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, while visiting you can bush walk through the park, while breathing in the fresh mountain air and taking in the natural beauty of the forest lakes and rivers.
Deeper in the Tasmanian wilderness you will find Tarraleah, home to pristine lakes and spectacular mountain views. Here, you can play a round of golf on one of the highest courses in Tasmania, mountain bike the impressive terrain or simply soak up the peaceful atmosphere while relaxing in the heart of the Tasmanian Highlands.
Your exploration through the Tyenna Valley begins as you drive along the Tyenna River. You will come 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, and encompasses two ski runs, making it an ideal skiing destination.
The Tyenna Valley is largely undiscovered and is home to amazing mountains, waterfalls and forests. Following the river, you will pass through the historic towns of Maydena and Fitzgerald, where you can gain an understanding of Tasmania's culture and heritage. Drive a little further and you will venture into 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 by car is definitely the 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.