Words: Mike Blewitt                                                                              Photos: Tim Bardsley-Smith

Our road trip through Tasmania landed us in Maydena first and now Derby. Click the link below to check out Maydena or read on to find out about Derby!

Vanlife: Destination Tasmania

On the road to Derby
 
It was time to pack up our van and drive north. Unfortunately, we couldn't make any side trips, but if you had the time it would be worth pulling into Launceston, or the revamped trails at Hollybank – and there will be more to talk about over the next 12 months as well.
 
The whole mountain bike world was taking aim at Derby and the town was already super busy on Thursday morning. There is still free camping in Derby, although for the EWS weekend you won't be surprised to hear that space was at a premium. Still, everyone was open to where you could park and we saw a few small van conversions in nice private spots by the river. The camping area is in the lower part of town, with coin operated hot showers in a new facilities block. Next door is the Dorset Hotel. With great hot meals, a beer garden and some choice options on tap, not much could make the Dorset Hotel better. Except the fact they have a laundromat out the back, perfect when you've been living in a van for a few days.


Coming to Derby when the EWS circus is in town is one of the best ways to see the place, although the town gets packed. Just like in 2017, World Trail built some new trails for the 2019 race and as they did a couple of years ago, these trails have found their place in the trail network, adding to the range of demanding trails in the Blue Derby trail network.