Derby is a small riverside town north-east of Launceston. This classified historic town is surrounded by mountains, rainforests and old tin mines. Once a booming mining settlement, Derby still has the feel of a pioneer town with quaint shops selling antiques, second hand books and modern crafts. It’s also becoming a centre for world-class mountain biking.
In the late 1800s it was a booming mining settlement and the history of the area is captured at the Derby Schoolhouse Museum.
Discover for yourself that Blue Lake really is blue; take a long walk or paddle a canoe on Cascade Dam to sharpen your appetite for a homemade afternoon tea in one of Derby’s cafes.
And in October each year, you can enjoy the madcap Derby River Derby – a river race with very different rules.
Derby is also gaining recognition for its world-class mountain biking with extensive and challenging trails through beautiful forests extending from within the town itself. There’s 80km of purpose built single-track for mountain biking in the hills behind Derby extending out to the Blue Tier, known as the Blue Derby trails. More beginner trail will soon be added to the trail network.
Accommodation is available at hotels, cottages and campsites.
Derby is a 1 hr 20 min drive from Launceston or a 1 hr drive from St Helens.

Quick Facts

Derby is a small Tasmanian Rural Location within the local government area of Dorset, it is located approximately 197kms from the capital Hobart covering an area of 77.847 square kilometres. Derby has a recorded population of 173 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Hobart.

If you are planning a visit to Derby we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Derby and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.