The small town is in a “chocolate box” setting, complete with rolling green paddocks, red volcanic soil and surrounding blue-tinged hills. It is a great base to explore the unspoiled Tasmanian forests, deserted beaches and pretty countryside.
The best idea is to use your own or a hire car to allow maximum freedom. To get to Scottsdale, drive from Launceston via the Tasman Highway (1 hour) or the Lilydale Road (also one hour). If arriving via Lilydale Road, be sure to turn into King St and not miss the town completely, as this is possible after the re-diversion of the entry to the town.
Redline Coaches serve Scottsdale, there are a couple a day from Launceston and Derby.
It’s very easy to get around Scottsdale by foot, and is in fact one of the best ways to enjoy the country gardens and small “Tassie” town atmosphere.
- Forest EcoCentre. Closes 5PM. Operated by Forestry Tasmania, was built in Scottsdale in the late 1990s, as an educational visitor centre designed to inform the public about the forestry industry in Tasmania. There’s a small cafe and gift shop where you can buy some good presents for friends. The main thing to do is walk around a small walkway and read about the Tasmanian forestry industry. The Centre has received both criticism and praise for its innovative, environmentally friendly design, and its presentation of Tasmania’s controversial forestry industry. Free.
- A visit to the North East Park on the eastern end of town is worth a picnic lunch and a gentle stroll around the “forest” walk. Sometime you can spot the resident platypus in the creek. This is a free camping place too.
- Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm is a very popular attraction for all visitors to the Scottsdale area in December and January, when the lavender is generally in bloom. The farm is open from 9am to 5pm, there are guided tours, barbecues, a cafe, beautiful gift shop, and of course acres and acres of purple lavender in the unique setting of the Tasmanian bush. Arrive early in the day at the peak of the flowering season. Entry is around $5 or so, and well worth it if you appreciate beauty.