Spend a summer’s day on the wonderful Derwent River, upstream of New Norfolk. The Derwent is a beautiful river with long peaceful reaches and gentle grade 1 to 3 rapids. The Derwent Valley regularly records temperatures of over 30 degrees celcius in the summer months and a summer day floating down the warm river amidst the tranquil rural scenery is the very best way to experience the Derwent Valley. Possibly catch sight of the resident white bellied sea eagle or a shy platypus.
Meet in central Hobart or New Norfolk in the morning. Travel by bus to the starting point near Bushy Park. Dress and prepare for your journey rafting the Derwent River. Your local operator will provide you with all of the necessary equipment and safety gear, however please ensure you bring your own swimwear, towel and a change of clothes if needed. While on tour, you might be able to spot the resident white bellied sea eagle at home in his nest or the shy platypus poking around the willows. Enjoy a swim in the easy rapids or warm peaceful reaches. The group will stop at the Broken Bridge Rapid for a wonderful lunch before resuming the journey past Tim Reed's cherry orchards and river gums to finish at Hayes. At the end of your day, you will be returned by bus to New Norfolk by 4pm or Hobart by 5pm.