If you’re planning an adventure in Tasmania and are looking for the coolest things to do, chances are you’ve stumbled upon New Norfolk. This small town in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley is a short drive from Hobart along the Derwent River. And while Hobart has become a mecca for tourists flocking to MONA and city services, New Norfolk has remained relatively low. Here’s what to do with Hobart’s amazing little cousin in our complete New Norfolk Tasmania guide.
1. Black swan Bookstore
As soon as you drive into town, you’ll find yourself in front of the Black Swan Book Shop. You can’t miss it in all its warehouse-like looks, painted matte black with a large front plaque. And if you don’t see it, you will smell it. The bookstore is selling the best coffee in town all day, so if you’re not a drinker then at least come to get a take-away coffee.
But if you’re a book enthusiast like me, you’ll love this bookstore. It is arguably the most photogenic bookstore in Tasmania. And what it lacks in size, it’s offset by a curated collection. There are hardly any books that I don’t want to run to the counter. You will find an amazing collection of art books, coffee table books, recipe books and more. Be sure to take the time to ponder or enjoy a cup of coffee and read a new book.
Location: 11 Stephen St, New Norfolk TAS 7140
2. Miss Arthur home appliances
Almost right next door, you’ll find Miss Arthur, an oversized home appliance store with everything you could possibly need (and more you won’t have). But practicality is pushed aside here in this ethical, sustainable home appliance store with all the conveniences. It’s a great place to shop for gifts, especially for yourself. In fact, almost anything in the store can be packed and greeted with a smile at the door. It’s just that kind of store.
Location: 15 Stephen St, New Norfolk TAS
3. Drill Hall Emporium antique shop
Another neighbor in this strip of land oh luxury store Drill Hall is the Emporium, which is said to have started it all. This oversized antique and antiques stall is if not the lack of a buffet in the French countryside or a reusable wooden slab. There’s really enough inside to keep you busy for a few days, but allow half an hour to flip through the highlights.
Location: 17 Stephen St, New Norfolk TAS 7140
4. Letterpress flywheel
As a sister business to the classic auditorium, the Flywheel is an apple that doesn’t fall too far from the tree. A letterpress, yes, but there’s so much more to it than that. This is the place for stationery enthusiasts to spend big on high fashion envelopes and the like. Of course, there are some quirky gifts thrown into the mix to serve up the bizarre and wonderful side we all own.
Location: 42 High St, New Norfolk TAS 7140
5. Agricultural kitchen
If you find yourself traveling to New Norfolk just to visit Agrarian Kitchen, you are not alone. You won’t be the first and definitely not the last ~ this place is more of a gourmet organization than a restaurant. Besides that, it is also offering a lot more. There’s a take-away kiosk, a cooking school, and a farm that produces a variety of things that can make your food. Oh and did we mention a recipe book?
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