Ellendale, Tasmania, Australia

Ellendale is a pretty little village with two churches, a picnic area with playground and tennis court and a well stocked shop with post office. It is an hour and a half drive from Hobart through New Norfolk and the picturesque Derwent River Valley.

Mt Field National Park

Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s most popular national parks. Sassafras Springs makes the ideal place for a base to explore the park and its many walking tracks.

Mount Mawson Skiing

The ski resort Mount Mawson is located within the Mount Field National Park.

The ski areas are at an altitude of about 1250m and the area usually gets fairly consistent snow falls during winter resulting in sufficient cover for downhill skiing from mid July to mid September.

Trout fishing & relaxation on Lake Meadowbank

Lake Meadowbank with its calm water and the bubbling Tyenna River are both 15 minutes drive from Sassafras Springs.

Both are good places to try your skill and luck.

Ride with Railtrackers from Maydena up into the forests nearby. Pedal yourself if you are able or be helped by the guides – fun for all ages.
Hydro Electric Plant

Visit the Platypus Hydro Electric plant in Ellendale to see hydro production at a small and easily understood scale.

Curringa Farm

Curringa Farm offers farm tours and sheep shearing and handling demonstrations on a beautiful farm near Hamillton on the shores of Lake Meadowbank

Agrarian Kitchen

The Agrarian Kitchen is a delight of a Cooking School set in an old schoolhouse at Lachlan (pronounced as “Lacklan” by the locals) near New Norfolk. Check their scheduled classes and spend an enjoyable and instructive day with hosts Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet.

Possum Shed

A great little cafe at Westerway overlooking the rushing Tyenna River. Delicious home made food and fresh coffee. Call in on your way home from Maydena or the Mt Field National Park.

Antique Shops

New Norfolk, our nearest town is renowned for its antique shops. Browse the treasure troves of everything from Art Deco, nick nacks, and dust collectors to fine classic antiques. Then enjoy a fresh brew and home made goodies at the “Patchwork Cafe” at Willow Court.

Maydena Biketrack

Maydena Biketrack has been described as the best gravity focused
bike park in Australia.

Designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art, their world-class trails will offer something for everyone, from families through to elite riders.

Visit the Maydena Biketrack website.

Junee Caves

The Junee Caves near Maydena offer a pleasant walk along the riverbank to the mouth of the caves.


“Ratho” at Bothwell is the oldest golf course in Australia and may arguably be the first golf course built outside the UK.

Test your skill at teeing off over a flock of sheep and enjoy the informal atmosphere and the uncrowded unhurried pace of a country course.

Bothwell is a 45 minute drive from Sassafras Springs and is also home to the Australasian Golf Museum. a showcase for the history of golfing equipment and Australian golfing champions.

Wine & Whisky

“Nant Distillery” is located in Bothwell. A guided tour through the mill and the distillery is instructive and can be followed by a “tasting” of Nant’s own award winnning whisky. The Nant cafe is open for lunches and dinners.