Derby Forest Cabins
Escape to nature in Derby, Tasmania



Derby, Tasmania

The Township of Derby as seen from the famous "Trouty" Mountain Bike Track.

The Township of Derby as seen from the famous "Trouty" Mountain Bike Track.

Where to eat

Start the the day and stay fuelled throughout at either 2 Doors Down Cafe and Crank It Cafe.

For a heartier meal for lunch and dinner, you’ll find that The Dorset Hotel and The Hub(Woodfired pizza) will satisfy your needs. Be aware that you will want to reserve a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check in with Neil at The Derby General Store for a range of grocery supplies including charcoal chickens and Pyengana Premium Meats.

Mountain bike Shuttles

For a range of shuttle transfer from Derby to The Blue Tier, Atlas and Black Stump.
Contact either Vertigo MTB or MAD MTB for pricing and availability.

For private shuttles that can be arranged to suit your day during your stay with us, feel free to contact us.


Mountain Bike Hire

Contact Vertigo MTB for pricing and availability on their range of Specialized Mountain Bikes for day hire, meticulously maintained by their staff of professional mechanics.

Want to experience BlueDerby like never before? Then contact Ben at Evolution Biking for a guided Electric Mountain bike trip around the network or pricing and availability for day hire.


Our History

It all started when George Renison Bell discovered Tin in the area in 1874. The Krushka brothers discovered a large node of tin and set up a mine known as 'The Brothers Mine'. This ensured the towns economic future, allowing the community to thrive into a town with the three hotels, doctors residence, hospital, churches, several grocery stores, two bakers, two butchers, a jeweller, draper, a boot-maker, a cordial factory and even it's own school . 

Originally call "Brothers Home", the town was renamed to Derby in 1885 after the 14th Earl of Derby, the Prime minister of the United Kingdom Edward Smith-Stanley. Derby reached its peak late in the 19th century when its population surpassed 3,000 and the Brother's mine was producing 120 tonnes of tin per month. 

Image courtesy of Tasmanian Archives

Image courtesy of Tasmanian Archives


Tragically, on the 4th of April 1929, the Brieis Dam used by the mine burst after an onslaught of heavy rains and the ensuing flood ravaged the town, killing 14 people. This was the only dam-burst in Australia’s history to have taken human life.

After a 5 year hiatus, the mine re-opened but it never reached the same levels of production it enjoyed and subsequently closed in 1948.    The Briseis Dam, renamed the Cascade Dam, was rebuilt in 1936, and now holds water covering an area of 49 hectares.

Image courtesy of Tasmanian Archives

Image courtesy of Tasmanian Archives

Following the end of mining activities, Derby was revived over the following decades with forest logging operations and local farming providing the backbone of the local economy. 
With the construction of the BlueDerby Mountain Bike park, Derby has been launched onto the world stage as one of the premier trail networks in the world, let alone Australia. With full time employees maintaining the trails all year round, BlueDerby is quickly gaining a reputation for fast flowing single track regardless of the weather. 
This investment was rewarded with the second round of the 2017 Enduro World Series being raced and run at BlueDerby in April and a township bustling with more and more mountain bike riders. 

Taking in the sights on "Lower Flickity Sticks"

Taking in the sights on "Lower Flickity Sticks"