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Scottsdale, Tasmania

Scottsdale, from North Scottsdale; Mount Barrow can be seen in the background
Scottsdale is located in Tasmania
Population 2,461 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 7260
Elevation 198 m (650 ft)[2]
LGA(s) Dorset Council
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s) Bass
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
17.3 °C
63 °F
7.1 °C
45 °F
987.1 mm
38.9 in

Scottsdale is a town in the north-east of Tasmania, Australia. It lies on the Tasman Highway, around 63 kilometres (39 mi) north-east of Launceston and 22 km (14 mi) south-east of the coastal town of Bridport. It is part of the Dorset Council.


  • History 1
  • Industry 2
  • Climate 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Localities 5
  • Culture 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The area was first surveyed in 1855 and was described as, "the best soil on the island ... well watered, with a mild climate" by surveyor James Scott, for whom the town is named. This rings true today as the town, as well as being the regional centre for other north-east towns, is a major agricultural centre.

Ellesmere Post Office opened on 29 November 1865 and was renamed Scottsdale in 1893.[3]


Potato farming, dairy farming, pine plantations, poppy cultivation and mining are all major industries in the area. Hops were previously an important crop, however large hop farms have over the last few years been sold and/or turned into dairy farms and eucalypt and pine plantations.

The setting of the town, surrounded by green fields and blue mountains, as well as increasing infrastructure and improved promotion for visitors, is giving the local tourism industry a boost. The Barnbougle Dunes[4] and Lost Farm[5] Golf Links and the Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm are key local attractions.

The Forest EcoCentre, operated by Forestry Tasmania, was built in Scottsdale in the late 1990s, as an educational visitor centre designed to inform the public about the forestry industry in Tasmania. The Visitor Centre has since closed.

Scottsdale is an important service centre for north-east Tasmania, with shops catering for most residents' needs, however the town's retail sector is suffering, with increasing vacancies in the town's main street of King Street. The town has also suffered from the closure of the North-East Tasmania Rail Line,[6] which increased the number of trucks on local roads. The complete removal of rails on major sections of the line halted the possibility of the rail line operating as a tourist route, despite it running through spectacular scenery. Ironically, the rails removed from the section between Scottsdale and Herrick (the rails from Scottsdale to Launceston remains unused, but is being looked at by the various preservation railways) were used for the Abt Wilderness Railway on Tasmania's west coast.[7] The local Rotary Club is now developing the old railway line corridor as a bike trail through beautiful forest areas south-east of the town.[8]


Scottsdale has a mild climate with warm summers and cool, wet winters. Extremes have ranged from 37.7 °C (99.9 °F) to -4.7 °C (23.5 °F). The average annual rainfall is 987.1 mm (38.8 in)

Climate data for Scottsdale (1971-2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.7
Average high °C (°F) 22.8
Average low °C (°F) 10.8
Record low °C (°F) 2.2
Average rainfall mm (inches) 56.9
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 9.1 8.1 9.3 11.9 13.3 13.9 15.7 17.3 16.0 14.5 12.3 12.0 153.4
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[9]


Scottsdale is a relatively Anglo-Saxon community, with the largest groups of foreign-born locals being from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Italy. 72% of the population identifies as Christian. The median age of the town is 36. (Figures from the 2001 census) [10]

In the 2006 Census, the most common industries of employment for persons aged 15 years and over usually resident in Scottsdale were Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing (15.4%), School Education (5.0%) Road Freight Transport (5.0%), Supermarket and Grocery Stores (4.3%) and Forestry and Logging (4.3%).

In Scottsdale the median weekly individual income for persons aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $362, compared with $466 in Australia. The median weekly household income was $697, compared with $1,027 in Australia. The median weekly family income was $936, compared with $1,171 in Australia.[11]

Scottsdale voters showed their conservatism compared to other Tasmanian towns when they gave the Liberal candidate at the 2004 Federal election, Michael Ferguson, 61.72% of their vote on a two-party preferred basis.[12] In the 2007 election, Ferguson managed a slightly smaller majority of 59.97%.[13]


Scottsdale consists of a web of streets around two major avenues, King Street (Tasman Highway or "Ringarooma Road" (Bridport Road). The main shopping area is located around King Street and Victoria Street.

The high point of the town is located in Mary Street where there is a large water storage tank.

Ellesmere is the original Scottsdale where the first settlement was built, located now on the northern outskirts of the town.

Tuckers Creek, Northeast Park

Public facilities in the town include an outdoor swimming pool, sports stadium, golf course, public library (including an online access centre), primary school and high school.

Northeast Park is a popular facility in the town, and provides seven days free camping, barbecues and coin operated hot showers for those passing through the region. Northeast Park has had recent upgrades, with community support helping to improve the park.

Public Transport in the region is serviced by RD & FH Sainty North East Bus Service. The service runs several times per day delivering passengers and freight to local businesses. Also there is an early service primarily for students studying in Launceston leaving at 7.10am and returning at 5.20pm every school day.


The town gained national media attention in 2005 and 2006 when fears about job losses in the local sawmilling industry [14] arose in the Scottsdale community.

In July 2006 Scottsdale, the heart of Tasmania's "north-east Bible belt", was given national coverage because local Exclusive Brethren sect members were named as having conducted an advertising smear against the Australian Greens political party.[15] Scottsdale again received national attention in relation to this issue when the Greens party attempted to pass a motion to have a Senate Inquiry into the activities of the Exclusive Brethren.[16] Exclusive Brethren members are successful local business people.

There has been consternation and division in 2005 and 2006 in the local community and against the Dorset Council over the issue of the closure of William Street to through traffic and the blessing of Lilydale Road and Listers Lane as a trucking route.[17] A new "version" of Listers Lane was built to link Lilydale Road to Bridport Road. Many local businesses protested against the closure of William Street, and today the new road sits unused because of safety reasons, a "white elephant" costing several million dollars. The road reopened in 2008.

Major activity is currently afoot around Scottsdale in the development of the tourist trail, "Trail of the Tin Dragon".[18]

Scottsdale locals gain a sense of community by participating in activities related to the local primary and high schools, churches and sport. Australian rules football is very popular in the town and the Scottsdale Football Club had success in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association. Also popular are swimming, golf, hockey, bowls and basketball.

Students wishing to complete their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) are required to attend college in the city of Launceston.

Scottsdale is served by television stations ABC TV, SBS, Southern Cross Tasmania, WIN Television, TDT and radio stations 7SD 540 kHz and Sea FM 99.7 MHz, and Launceston newspaper The Examiner and local newspaper The North-East Advertiser.

7SD previously operated from studios in Scottsdale's King Street. It provided a community service by joining together locals over the large north-east Tasmania area by for example publishing cooking books filled with recipes by locals. There are no longer local radio broadcasts from Scottsdale itself. 7SD and SeaFM are both now retransmitted from Launceston.


  1. ^  
  2. ^ "Scottsdale (West Minstone Road)". Climate statistics for Australian locations.  
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ [4]
  5. ^ [5]
  6. ^ The North-eastern Line of the Tasmanian Government Railways Stokes, H.J.W. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, March; April, 1997 pp67-77;107-121
  7. ^ North East area
  8. ^ [6]
  9. ^ "SCOTTSDALE (WEST MINSTONE ROAD)". Climate statistics for Australian locations.  
  10. ^
  11. ^  
  12. ^ Polling Place Results
  13. ^ Polling Place Results
  14. ^
  15. ^ Hidden prophets - National -
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ Trail of the Tin Dragon

External links

  • RD & FH Sainty North East Bus Service
  • Forest EcoCentre Forestry Tasmania Information centre
  • Link to satellite image of Scottsdale on GoogleMaps
  • Climate Statistics for Scottsdale
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