Discovering Tasmania is something every Australian should do. But everyone not everyone has Tasman Penisula on their whish list. How about considering the Huon Valley and all it has to offer. It has the beaches, rivers, mountains, walking, hiking, ridding. It fact it has a lot more to offer the traveler to Tasmania than the boring old Tasman Peninsula area.
Visiting the Huon Valley
The beautiful Huon Valley begins just 30 minutes from Hobart and extends to the southernmost place in Australia. Book a couple of nights accommodation as there is lots to see and do.
Before Huonville, stop at the Apple Shed Museum, Cider House and Providore at Grove and discover the traditions behind the once flourishing apple orchards of the region along with contemporary techniques for making organic cider.
It’s gold when visiting anywhere if you can find the cafe’s, restaurants, and coffee shops that the locals swarm to. You know it has to be good!
In and around Huonville, one of the most popular is the Ranelagh General Store, their burgers are to die for. Just next door you will find the Summer Kitchen Bakery for a few take-home treats. There is a cafe near the main street of Huonville that gives it away with its name, The Local guaranteed to serve good coffee. DS Coffee House Cafe, is an old favorite in Huonville.
From Huonville the road follows the Huon River, once the lifeblood of the region, for some 20 kilometres south to Port Huon and then Geeveston where the river broadens before joining the sea.
At Franklin, visit the fascinating Wooden Boat Centre and Boat Building School where shipwrights impart traditional skills to students from around the world.
Continue on to Port Huon. The stretch between Franklin and Port Huon is one of the best you’ll find in Tasmania. If the weather is calm, the reflections in the Huon River are unsurpassed. Keep your eye out for roadside stalls on the way.
At the far end of the valley past Port Huon is Geeveston and the nearby Hartz Mountains National Park.
At Geeveston, the Geeveston the old bank is a great meal and the visitor center is well worth a look for information on local wood working displays and art work.
Also nearby is the Hastings Caves Reserve where you can relax in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool, walk in the forests of the reserve and enjoy the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave, the largest tourist cave in Australia.
With fresh produce, beautiful countryside, wilderness and waterways, a couple of days in the Huon Valley makes for a great experience on the roads less traveled. If your time is short, consider a day drive to just one or two activities in the Huon.
Riverfront estate makes the perfect option for a wonderful family holiday. We offer an excellent base for your family holiday in the Huon Valley. The Huon Valley makes are great base for your next family accommodation base. You can stay in the center of Huonville and explore all the valley has to offer on simple day trips. You can explore the length of the Huon River and under used option, either by fishing, or Kayaking, cannoning the river to just name a few options. There are many bike riding options around Huonville, either doing the circuit up the river as a simple day trip. The property has a few acres that the kids can run around on or ride the bikes that are provided. So Riverfront estate offers great family accommodation option for exploring the far south of Tasmania.
Activities included in your stay, include the following;
- Row Boat – you can cruise the river either heading to Franklin or go up the source of the river, heading to Glen Huon or Judbury.
- Kayaks – Jump on the Kaya and just play around on the river,
- Swim – Jump of the front and swim over to the tongue or head down to the bridge where the local kids jump of the bridge.
- Fish – the river has a large range of fishing activities, either sea run fish latter in the summer or traditional trout species from September through.
- Bike ride – we provide some basic options to explore the Huon Valley by bike
- Large Property – We have a very large property you can just sit on the rear lawn and do nothing or run around the yard, your choice.
- Walks – There are a number of short walks.
- Garden – Fruit and Vegetables can be picked directly from our garden depending on season.