Scottsdale is the administrative centre for the north-east with rich agricultural and forestry history. In 1833, the first Europeans, Janet and Andrew Anderson arrived and settled near Bridport. James Scott first surveyed Scottsdale in 1855, deeming the soil and mild climate ideal for farming. It was settled mainly by Scottish and English settlers and in 1893 the town was officially named Scottsdale, after James Scott. The town has since become a major agricultural centre.
What’s special about Scottsdale?
Visit the Forest EcoCentre, a unique architectural experiment in energy-saving design showcasing Tasmania’s finest timbers, forest ecology and history of the area. Enjoy a picnic in North East Park then challenge yourself to a half-day return walk to the summit of Mount Stronach for panoramic views of the forests and farms.
You will see crops growing in surrounding fields and contented dairy cows grazing.Just west of Scottsdale, Nabowla is famous worldwide for its lavender.
Visit the Bridestowe Estate Lavendar Farm which produces the finest quality lavender flowers and lavender oil. The rolling lavender fields are a spectacular sight during flowering in December and January.
Base yourself in Scottsdale and it is an easy round trip up through Bridport, the greens and fairways of Barnbougle, surprisingly inviting beaches and swimming spots on Bass Strait at Tomahawk, the intrigue of the Green and Blue Lakes - leftover from tin mining in the area, much more of that at Derby including a Tin Dragon Trail which pays tribute to a Chinese mining heritage.
At Ringarooma take a turn off the main road to Ralph Falls; the walk there is one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks. This is a rural area with the visual calm of green pastures, small land holdings and lots of bush. By spending time and not rushing, you will find more to interest you.