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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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