The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre is a state of the art attraction where, through an incredible 15 metre screened multi-media presentation you’ll experience the power and the fury of water in the epic story of the Tin Rush and the European and Chinese miners who sought their fortune from this remarkable metal. Learn also how tin opened the world to exploration and discovery and its effect on some of history’s greatest battles. Be awed by the might and tragedy of the 1929 destruction of the Briseis Mine in a fury of flooding so huge it caused the river to reverse its flow for five miles upstream and wreaked devastation upon the town and it’s people.
One cannot help but be moved by the collections of small everyday items and personal treasures swept aside to now stand as quiet but stark reminders of the terrible losses of those hard working men and their families.
From the Tin Dragon Centre, gaze across the river and marvel at the amount of sheer hard manual work taken to pull the metal from the earth and how quickly and viciously nature took her revenge.
Standing quietly and poignantly outside the Tin Dragon Centre, a bronze sculpture stands monument to the lives lost in this sudden and terrible disaster.
Alongside the Tin Dragon Interpetation Centre, in the building which once was a schoolroom to over two hundred students, the Derby Schoolhouse Museum gives a glimpse into those bustling days when the Briseis Mine was one of the richest in the country and Derby was alive with the sound of the mine and the prosperity of tin.
These days Derby moves at a quieter pace. With a backdrop of rolling farmland and native bush the quaint cottages look quietly over the valley and the main street is home to quirky little gift and craft shops, friendly cafes and B&Bs just waiting to provide a warm welcome. Real country pubs invite you to slake your thirst and chat with the locals and there’s camping on the riverbank.
But there’s a lingering ghost of past glories and tragedies in the landscape, both in town and in the surrounding hills and you don’t have to look to hard to find yourself right back in the bustle of the 1900s.
And if it’s excitement you’re looking for, jump on a mountain bike and take to the trails to the Cascade Dam. Derby and its surrounds boast some of the best Mountain Bike riding to be had in Tasmania. Little wonder then that its home to the Blue Dragon Challenge, one of Tasmania’s premier mountain bike events!
So many options! Grab a line and catch fresh trout for your dinner, take a bush walk, or fossick for gemstones. It’s up to you! But you’ll need a little time…..stay awhile, you’re welcome!
In October every year, Derby comes alive to the sound of mirth and mayhem in the culmination of the North East Rivers Festival with the infamous Derby River Derby. Competitors take to the river in all manner of weird, wonderful and creative craft to try their hand at conquering the river in single, double and multi-craft races. For the serious contenders there’s also the ‘King of the River’ race with all the attached fame and kudos. There’s markets and merriment for all the family and for those who want to participate without getting wet, put your money on a duck in the Derby Duck Race and watch them go!
While elsewhere in Tasmania people are tucking up by the fire and going into winter hibernation, North East Tasmania comes alive to celebrate and showcase local arts and crafts annually on the June long weekend.Discover more... + MAP