Scottsdale planted itself on the rich agricultural soils of Tasmania’s northeast in the 1850s. It’s an industrious, pocket-sized town that looks out to the rolling hills that surround it. Poppies, forestry and potatoes are the town's raison d'être – all of which adds up to an agricultural, utilitarian approach to life and natural resources. It's a veritable metropolis compared with some of the little towns you may have passed through back towards the east coast, but Scottsdale's charms are more subtle than obvious.
If you're passing through the Scottsdale area in summer, don't miss the amazing purple haze of lavender at nearby Nabowla. For mountain bikers, the North East Tasmania Rail Trail (www.railtrails.org.au) kicks off in Scottsdale, tracking 62km southwest to Launceston.