The town of Derby is a 'must see' destination for visitors to North East Tasmania. Derby retains the flavour of a vibrant tin mining town of the late 1880's, steeped in history and home of the famous ‘Briseis Mine’. There was extensive damage in the floods of 1929, which saw the demise of the mine.
Derby has kept its old buildings, many of which now offer visitors an entertaining look at Tasmania's mining past. The 'Derby Tin Mine Centre' features working displays, a shanty town, artifacts and memorabilia. Panning for tin is great fun and lunch is available. Other heritage buildings offer quality handcrafted gift items, antiques, collectables and local cuisine. Also a general store, hotels offering accommodation, a butchery, Online access centre and post office. In appearance Derby has changed little. Tin is not being mined and there is a gradual swing to rural production.
There is camping available at the Derby park- BBQ facilities, picnic areas and public toilets
There is madness and mayhem in the ‘Derby River Derby’, held in October,
Climb to the monument- with stunning views over the town.
There are 4WD treks. A river walking track,
Canoeing and fishing is possible on the nearby 'Cascade Dam' and the rivers which surround Derby.