Scottsdale is the major town in north-east Tasmania. It lies in the mountains on the road between Launceston and the east coast and is a service town for the surrounding agricultural and forestry areas.
The town boasts some fine historic buildings including Anabel's (now a restaurant with an acclaimed garden) and the Old Post Office, now a museum.
At Nabowla, 15km west of Scottsdale, the lavender farm offers lavender products throughout the year and tours of the fields when the lavender is in bloom, in December/January.
Mount Maurice Forest Reserve or South Springfield Forest Park both make an ideal spot for a picnic or a walk. Sideling Lookout offers sweeping views of the town and the fertile countryside.
A short drive to the north takes you to the north coast with its almost deserted beaches.