Welcome to New Norfolk & Around
By the 1860s the valley had become a hops-growing hub (hops are used to give beer its bitterness). Through the 20th century, New Norfolk was sculpted (and stigmatised) by two forces – the insane asylum Willow Court and the Boyer newspaper print mill. These days the asylum is gone, and New Norfolk maintains a small-town, riverside sensibility along with eight antiques shops (eight!).
Near New Norfolk, en route to Mt Field National Park, are the historic towns of Plenty, Bushy Park, Glenora and Westerway. The countryside here is utterly photogenic, with long runs of roadside poplar trees, rambling hop fields and old shingle-roof oast houses (used for drying hops). Bushy Park remains the largest hops-producing town in the southern hemisphere.