Westerway, Tasmania: Everything You Need To Know

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Westerway is somewhere I have been many times and is close to my heart – that’s because my sister and her family live there. It’s somewhere I always enjoy escaping to as it’s such a contrast to our city life, with plenty of space, calm fields, bush and a pretty river.

The drive here is also very scenic and it’s the perfect place to escape Hobart for the weekend or as a stopover on a bigger Tassie road trip.

Westerway Raspberry Farm
Westerway Raspberry Farm

Westerway is small – with only a couple of hundred people, there is not a ton of things to do or attractions here. However, this is part of its charm and its close proximity to Mt Field National Park make this a great area to explore.

Below, you will find lots of information about Westerway, Tasmania including a map, Westerway Tasmania accommodation and the top things to do in Westerway (including the delicious Westerway Raspberry Farm) while you are here!

An Introduction To Westerway Tasmania

Westerway Tasmania

Westerway was first known as Russell or Russeldale after being named being names after Surgeon J Russell who discovered waterfalls nearby (although not the present Russell Falls).

The name changed to Westerway in 1919 to stop confusion with the name and Russell Falls in Mt Field. At this point, it was named after W H Westerway, the main resident in town who helped established many buildings and businesses in the area.

The Derwent Valley Railway line made its way here in 1909 which was an important development for the town. This meant that they could transport goods from the (now abandoned) Adamsfield osmiridium mine and then later logs from timber mills. The train line is longer used.

Westerway Tasmania

Located on the Tyenna River, the river is known for its trout fishing and also the opportunity to spot platypuses. It’s a short drive to the famous Russell Falls.

The fertile river flats here are perfect for fruit growing and the area is great for raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and apricots. Make sure you pick up some!

Stop for a cup of quality coffee (or tea) and a bite to eat at the Possum Shed Restaurant, right on the banks of the Tyenna River. If you sit outside you may catch a glimpse of the resident platypus.

Westerway Tasmania
Parking and seating area by the Tyenna River around the centre of town

Where Is Westerway?

Westerway is located about an hour south-west of Hobart past New Norfolk on the way to Mt Field National Park. It’s a possible to detour here when travelling between Hobart and the west coast.

The following Westerway map shows you the location of everything mentioned in this article.

Westerway Tasmania map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Westerway Accommodation Tasmania

Platypus Playground Riverside Cottage side of the house and river
The side of the Platypus Playground Riverside Cottage looking down to the Tyenna River

Westerway is a tiny town so there isn’t much accommodation Westerway Tasmania on offer. However, we have stayed at the Platypus Playground Riverside Cottage and are big fans!

This is a two bedroom cottage with kitchen/dining/lounge areas right by the Possum Shed Café an easy drive to everything mentioned below.

The cute red cottage is very peaceful right by the Tyenna River and its fun exploring it looking for platypus.

Click here for the latest prices or read our full review here.

Things To Do In Westerway

You can find the following Westerway attractions in town or a short drive away.

Westerway Raspberry Farm

Westerway Raspberry Farm walking into the farm for raspberry picking
Raspberry picking at Westerway Raspberry Farm

The Westerway Raspberry Farm is located near the entry into town. It’s the perfect place to eat Tasmania’s fabulous raspberries.

There is a shop onsite with raspberries and other related fruit and products. They also sell hot drinks.

Westerway Tasmania Westerway Raspberry Farm shop
Westerway Raspberry Farm shop

You can also pick your own raspberries for a $5 picking fee per person plus paying per weight based on the raspberries you pick.

Possum Shed Cafe

Possum Shed Cafe outside Westerway Tasmania
Possum Shed Cafe

The Possum Shed Café is where to head for a meal in Westerway, a hot coffee or local gifts. The café bakes all its own cakes and scones on premises and uses local ingredients wherever possible. Meal options are simple, but delicious.

Kids are welcome (and there is a kids menu) as well as furry friends. You can eat inside or out.

Located by the Tyenna River, it’s in a very pretty spot and you can try to spot platypuses while you are here. There is plenty of parking including for RVs.

Possum Shed Cafe inside westerway
Inside the Possum Shed Cafe

There is also local craft, art and photography available for sale.

In our experience, the food is all great value and delicious.

Fishing

Tyenna River is a great place for catching Brown and Rainbow Trout. It is often rated as one of Tasmania’s top ten fishing spots with studies showing up to 150 fish per 100 metres. Fly fishing is the most popular option.

There are access points between Westerway and Maydena.

Mt Field National Park

Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre
Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre

Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s most accessible and oldest parks. Located inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, there are many diverse landscapes and walks to enjoy here including Tasmania’s most famous waterfall, Russell Falls, which is an easy 20-minute circuit from the visitors centre.

Additionally, there are other short walks, like the Tall Trees walk with the world’s tallest towering plants with heights up to 30 metres as well as instruction boards perfect for families wanting to learn more about this area.

Russell Falls Mt Field National Park
Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park

There are also extended walks into the park’s alpine areas and winter downhill skiing near Lake Dobson.

There is a useful visitor centre with all the information you need, interpretive displays, playground, shop and a bistro. Camping and picnic/bbq facilities are also available near the park entrance.

Salmon Ponds

Salmon Ponds
Feeding fish at Salmon Ponds

Located an easy 20 minute drive south-east of Westerway back towards New Norfolk is the Salmon Ponds. These ponds are an historic trout hatchery opened in 1861 which make it the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Trout are still farmed here and you can visit the gorgeous grounds, feed the fish and visit the Museum of Trout Fishing and the Tasmanian Angling Hall of Fame.

There are picnic and BBQ facilities and it’s a great spot for a picnic while enjoying the beautiful surrounds, watching and feeding the fish and learning about the various stages of the life cycle of the trout. There’s also a good chance of spotting platypuses here too.

There’s also a restaurant with great pancakes that we enjoyed.

Find more information on their site here.

I hope you enjoyed this Westerway travel guide and enjoy this part of the world. You can find more information on surrounding areas in our Central Highlands guides here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.