North East Rivers Festival

by Gina Scott

The North East Rivers Festival is on again!  It’s an exciting time of the year in the North East of Tasmania.  The annual Derby River Derby has been staged in the region for 36 years.  A few years back, the locals thought it was so much fun, they needed to enjoy themselves for a bit longer!  So they created the North East Rivers Festival.  Ten events.  Ten days.


Lynden Russell is the Director of this year’s North East Rivers Festival.  He and the committee have created two new events…

Bridport 10 Fun Run and Walk

Now as we all know a fun run is… well, just for fun isn’t it?  NO!  It’s a serious business.  There have been hoards of people out training for months for it!

North East Rivers Festival - Bridport 10 Fun Run Training
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Karen, Judy, Anne & Dee Anne in training for the Bridport 10 Fun Run

Venue: Bridport Walking Track
Time: Sunday 23rd October 10am race start
Cost: $10 Adults & $5 Children Under 16
Contact: Gayle Edson on 0439 330 700

There are some nice prizes up for grabs at this event too, from Tamar River Cruises.  Join the locals of Bridport and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you run the Bridport 10 Fun Run.  This 10km race will start at Café Rahra and finish at the Village Green.  Of all the 10km runs, this would have to be the most scenic in Tasmania.  There will also be a 10km walk.  The walk will cost $5 and is a non-competitive participation event which won’t be timed.

North East Rivers Festival - Cafe Rahra Bridport 10 Fun Run
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The North East Rivers Festival Fun Run will start at Cafe Rahra

The Bridport walking track has recently been completed.  You must go and enjoy the bush and beach track with your friends.  Even if you don’t join the Bridport 10 Fun Run, this is a wonderful walking track to experience.

North East Rivers Festival - Bridport Walking Track
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Garry Gina Judy & Rob: training on the Bridport Walking Track for the North East Rivers Festival

Derby Bike Challenge

The Derby Bike Challenge is not actually a race.  This is a bike ride with a twist.  You will ride around a circuit to collect cards, and the best poker hand will win!   This North East Rivers Festival committee are a very inventive lot, aren’t they?

North East Rivers Festival Highlights

Can’t wait for the Pipers Brook Vineyard concert either.  And then there is the art exhibition in Scottsdale.  You simply must visit the North East of Tasmania during the Rivers Festival.  It will be so much fun!

North East Rivers Festival - Derby River Derby
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North East Rivers Festival – Derby River Derby (Photo by Dan Fellow)

Gina Scott is the owner of Platypus Park
Country Retreat
in Bridport, Tasmania

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Map of Bridport 10 Fun Run Starting Line…