Scottsdale, Australia Tourist Attractions
Scottsdale (pop. 2000), charmingly situated amid green hills, is the most important town in northeastern Tasmania. It is the commercial center of a rich agricultural and forestry area producing large crops of vegetables (frozen foods). In recent years the population of the area has been declining.
There are a number of towns in close proximity to Scottsdale.
The little fishing town of Bridport (pop. 1200) whose beautiful beaches and good fishing (particularly trout) are now attracting increasing numbers of holidaymakers. From Waterhouse Point there are superb views.
The old mining settlement of Branxholm (pop. 260) has a number of old timber houses. The main sources of income in this area are a tin mine and extensive pine forests. From Mount Horror (686 m; fire watch tower) there are wide views.
At Nabowla is a large lavender farm which is seen at its best in summer, when the lavender is in flower.
Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm
The lavender farms at Nabowla attract many visitors when the lavender is in bloom (end of August to beginning of January).
In its 19th C heyday the little tin-mining town of Derby (pop. 200) had a population of over 3000. In 1929, after a period of heavy rainfall, the Briseis Dam was breached and water poured down through the town, killing 14 people. This was a severe setback to mining activity. Features of interest are the Derby Tin Mine Museum (history of tin-mining) and the Dorset Hotel (1915). At Winnaleah, on the Tasman Highway, is a modern cheese factory which can be visited.