Scottsdale is located 65km northeast of Launceston in farming country. This region boasts some absolutely beautiful countryside unique to Tasmania, incorporating crops, mountains, valleys and forests.
Travelling to the township in a northerly direction along Tasman Hwy is The Sideling Lookout, 17km southwest of town. The view from atop the Sideling Range of the crisp green valley below and rolling hills is just beautiful and so Tasmania.
The town is a very picturesque area with colourful crops and pastures, particularly the magnificent flowering poppy crops you’ll see throughout the state. The pale pink and white blooms are unique to Tasmania and look superb in abundance in the fields. These flowers are grown for medicinal purposes only and hefty fines apply to anyone attempting to pick them.
This is the major agriculture centre for Tasmania’s north east. Its rich and fertile soil is amongst the best in the state and perfect for growing vegetables and pine plantations and producing dairy products.
Tourist attractions here include the Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm which is just 18km west of town on Gillespies Rd at Nabowla. The magnificent landscape of lavender blooms and manicured gardens stretches for over 260 acres. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds all year around, however the most impressive sight is in the summer months of December and January when the blooms are out at their biggest and brightest. The Lavender Farm specialises in lavender oil and produces a variety of other related products using the scent, including bath and beauty products, scented sprays and pot pourris. Lavender is also used here to tempt the palate. Lavender ice-creams and biscuits are available as well as jam, honey and lavender flavoured foods in the café. The farm is open daily between 9am and 5pm and adult entry fees apply during blooming season.
Just 19km to the north of town is the Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links
, which is located on the coast in Bridport and is fast gaining a notable reputation as one of the best public link courses in the country and making a name for itself worldwide. The course winds its way through magnificent coastal dunes with stunning ocean views and provides a unique and breathtaking setting on which to enjoy an out of the ordinary game of golf. The course is open for public access, has cottage accommodation, lounge, restaurant and buggy and equipment hire.
Accommodation in the Scottsdale area includes the Scottsdale Caravan Park on Tasman Hwy and a fabulous free camp west of town on the Tasman Hwy. North East Park offers a nice flat grassed area with a sheltered barbeque and picnic area and toilet facilities. Dogs are prohibited.
Accommodation in Bridport includes the Bridport Caravan Park at 83 Bentley St and Granite Point Conservation Area which permits bush camping right on the coast, accessible via Bentley St in town. Dogs are prohibited.
The scenery throughout this northwest region is just beautiful. The drive between Scottsdale and St Helens is through some delightful countryside featuring a surprising amount of stunning pink bell-shaped flowers bordering the highway. The bright bells and vibrant green ferns contrast beautifully in the surrounding forest. We found ourselves stopping several times to admire and photograph theses magnificent blooms.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
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