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D is for Derby

  • April 5, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
  • 16 Comments
Boabs in the main street of Derby, WA

Boabs in the main street of Derby, WA

I was completely unaware that there were actually two towns named Derby in Australia until I travelled to Tasmania last year. As far as towns go they are polar opposites, with one being located in the rugged north west of Australia and the other at the south of our country in Tasmania.

Derby in WA is a largely indigenous town and is the stopping or starting point for the Gibb River Road trek through the Kimberley Region and has a large amount of Boab trees.

Derby in Tasmania is a small historical village which was renowned for its booming tin mining industry and is now boasts some of the best Mountain Bike riding to be had in Tasmania.

Derby West Australia

The first settled town in the Kimberley region, Derby is situated on King Sound and boasts the highest tidal variation in Australia which can reach up to 11 metres. You can see these high and low tides from the U-shaped Derby Wharf and throw a line or a crabpot in whilst you are there.

Derby Jetty

Derby Jetty

Other points of interest are the Old Derby Gaol, the Boab Prison Tree, Myall’s bore and cattle trough, Wharfinger House Museum, the Woolshed and Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre. The most popular experience however is a scenic flight, fishing trip or sea safari to the Buccaneer Archipelago, made up of a thousand rugged islands, secluded beaches and the famous Horizontal Waterfalls.

Sights around Derby

Sights around Derby

Derby Tasmania

At the other end of Australia in the island state of Tasmania is Derby, a quaint ex-mining town on the winding country drive from Launceston to the East Coast. The town overlooks the Ringarooma River in a landscape of mountains and rainforest, and like a lot of towns in Tasmania, is classified as a historic town.

Historic Town of Derby Tassie

Historic Town of Derby Tassie

Once a booming mining settlement, Derby’s Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre tells of the town’s early days when it was known as Brother’s Home and was the setting for an epic tin rush that saw thousands of eager miners flock to the area.

In town, there are antique, second-hand and craft shops to explore and traditional Devonshire teas for a morning or afternoon treat.

Site of Old Derby Tin Mines

Site of Old Derby Tin Mines

I hope you enjoyed my tour of two entirely different Aussies towns. Australia, if you didn’t already know it, is a very diverse country!

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By 50 Shades, April 5, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

16 Comments
  • Glenda Cates
    April 5, 2016

    I love all the pictures and learning about the two towns. And I would love to come and visit the old time buildings like the bank.

    • Kathy
      April 5, 2016

      I imagine there are heaps of countries that have towns with the same names. These two however are so completely different. Derby in Tasmania is a beautifully restored historic town. Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    April 5, 2016

    Ah the diverse beauty of Australia. How lucky we are! I think I’ve been to the Tasmanian Derby.

    • Kathy
      April 5, 2016

      It’s about as diverse as you can get! I couldn’t think of two towns that are so completely different. If you have driven from Launceston to the East Coast of Tasmania you would have driven through Derby. :)

  • Scarlett Braden
    April 5, 2016

    Visiting from the A to Z. I loved seeing your cities as I hope to visit Australia some day.
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

    • Kathy
      April 5, 2016

      Thanks Scarlett. I hope you get to visit Australia too. It is a wonderful country! :)

  • Anne
    April 5, 2016

    Wow I never knew there was a Derby in Tassy either.

    • Kathy
      April 5, 2016

      Me neither Anne until we stumbled across it on our recent road trip around Tassie. It was a very interesting little town with such lovely buildings. :)

  • Rhonda Albom
    April 5, 2016

    They do look like quite different towns. I love that photo of the jetty.

    • Kathy
      April 6, 2016

      Entirely different places Rhonda. The jetty at Derby WA is a U-shaped one that you can actually drive your car on. We saw lots of fishermen here catching big fish.

  • Misha
    April 6, 2016

    Derby in Tasmania reminds me a lot of a place called Pilgrim’s Rest in South Africa. Nice to meet you!

    • Kathy
      April 6, 2016

      I will have to Google Pilgrim’s Rest to check it out. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Nice to meet you too! :0

  • waexplorer
    April 6, 2016

    Wow, what an interesting contrast. I haven’t been to either but the photos look very tempting.

    • Kathy
      April 6, 2016

      To travel from one to the other would be a mission, but I must say that everyone should experience the North West of Western Australian and also the little island state of Tasmania in the south of Eastern Australia. We live in such diverse lands. :)

  • Johanna ~ Lifestyle Fifty
    April 6, 2016

    Such diversity – it hardly seems possible. The Derby in Tasmania looks almost English.

    • Kathy
      April 6, 2016

      Yes I’m amazed at how totally different the two Aussie Derby towns were. Derby in Tassie does remind me a little of England. Probably the English style cottage gardens and greenery everywhere. :)

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