Huon Valley

See the Apple Isle’s Natural Beauty

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Hastings Cave
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Hartshorn Distillery is a Tasmanian micro distillery making boutique batches of Vodka and Gin from sheep whey. They are the first in the world to create this unique product.
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Tahune Airwalk - Take in breathtaking view of the Tahune Forest Reserve and the Huon River as you enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 597m elevated walkway through the tree canopy - walk among the giants.
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Huon Valley Apple and Heritage Museum
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Australia's first organic Cidery from the Huon Valley, where William Smith first planted his orchard in 1888.

Four generations of Smith family experience goes into producing the very best tasting apples, hand-picked for this cider.
Crafted and matured in French oak vats to deliver a truly distinctive farmhouse style, full of character and flavour in the traditional method.
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A Taste of the Huon
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Huon Valley

Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider , Tasmania, AustraliaWith 80% of the island’s apple production, the Huon Valley gives Tasmania it affectionate nickname “The Apple Isle”. With a preponderance of gourmet food and drink, combined with stunning scenery, this is a fantastic day trip from Hobart or a delightful weekend getaway. Only 30 minutes south from Hobart, you can easily escape the bustle of the city and find yourself at an award-winning winery or walking among the treetops at a state-of-the-art airwalk. This region is ideal for a roadtrip, with many captivating sights, towns, restaurants and orchards along the way. As one of Australia’s fastest growing foodie destinations, there is no shortage of dining options for every palate imaginable. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne

A Bit of History

In 1792 Frenchman Admiral Bruni D’Entrecasteaux explored and named the area after his second in command, Huon de Kemadec. The apple growing industry began in 1840 with the first European settlers and became the area’s chief economic focus for over a century.

What to Expect & Things to Do

From Hobart, head south along the scenic Huon Road. After passing across the foothills of Mount Wellington/Kunanyi, the beautiful valley will open up before you and exciting discoveries await. A plethora of possibilities to explore the wilderness and the delicious produce are available.

Some of the most popular highlights include:

  • Hike to Australia’s southernmost point at South Cape Bay (or drive the most southerly point in Australia that you can navigate in a car along Cockle Creek Road).
  • View the forest from above at The Tahune AirWalk in the pristine Hartz Mountain National Park. This elevated walkway will give you a unique perspective of one of Tasmania’s wilder locations.
  • Ride on The Huon Jet Boats on an exciting tour along the Huon River. Breathe in the gorgeous scent of the Huon Pine while being mesmerized by the mirror-like reflections of the river.
  • Witness the natural wonders of Hastings Caves Reserve. Hike through the forest, observe the Newdegate Cave during a guided tour, or enjoy the soothing waters of the thermal springs pool.
  • Go aboard a historic WWII Diesel locomotive for a 2-hour journey on the Ida Bay Railway and learn about the history of the logging industry at The Geeveston Forest and Heritage Centre.
  • Soar across the Huon River on the Cable Eagle Hang Glider.

What to Eat & Drink

Board of Gourmet Food - Tasmania, AustraliaThe Huon Valley will not disappoint the most discerning of palates and one will find themselves spoiled for choice. Award-winning wines, organic cider, and local produce abound in this region of plenty. Cute country cafes as well as architecturally modern restaurants can be found spotted throughout the entire region.

Some highlights include:

  • Fresh organic cider and delicious artisanal treats at “Willie Smith’s Organic Cider House”. Willie Smith’s also hosts the annual Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival and has an intriguing Apple Museum which tells the history of the apple industry in Tasmania.
  • Award-winning wine at Home Hill Winery Peppermint Bay waterside restaurant featuring local produce served in a breathtaking setting.
  • Grandvewe Cheeses, a sheep farm and café which produces a variety of sheep cheeses – and an award-winning sheep whey vodka.
  • Masaaki’s restaurant’s which is touted as the best sushi in all of Tasmania.

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Featured Towns

Franklin

Historic township with antique stores and the the fascinating Wooden Boat Centre and Boat Building School where the traditional methods of boat building are being taught to this day. Franklin is also home to Frank’s Cider (where tastings are conducted in a former church).

Geeveston

Home to The Forest and Heritage Centre which tells the story of the timber industry with displays of old photographs, tools and equipment. Visitors to the centre can also view a wood turner in action, creating the local timbers.

Cygnet

One can savor a variety of gourmet food and wine in this tiny hamlet. Local, organic ingredients are the inspiration behind many mouth-watering menus by noteworthy chefs in the region. The Cygnet Market is also a wonderful opportunity to taste the local produce (first and third Sundays of the month). Enjoy a leisurely stroll while you digest your meal and explore the craft shops and stores along the main road.

Huonville

This is the largest town in the Huon and the last major town before heading into Tasmania’s south. Huonville makes a great base for exploration and has a wide range of craft shops to explore. The town is also home to some of the most popular foodie destinations in the entire region.

Where to stay


A range of charming options are available including: modern rooms, luxury cottages, a 19th century farmhouse, villa suites, cabins, B&Bs, stylish cabins, and self-contained houses. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Mrs Treschow.

Huon Valley

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Willie Smith's Distillery Experience

Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is located only 30 minutes’ drive from Hobart, at Grove in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.  Here you will find the Charles Oates Distillery where Fine Apple Brandy and Eau de vie apple spirits are made from Willie Smith’s organic apple cider.

The Experience
Spend 1.5 hours as a special guest of the distiller, in the Willie Smith’s Distillery.  You will learn about the French art of cider distillation using a Charentais Alembic Still.  See how Charles Oates apple spirits are made and aged to make Australia’s first Fine Apple Brandy (known in France as Calvados) made using traditional French techniques.  Be guided through a tasting of the Charles Oates spirits matched perfectly with a food plate and cheese platter designed by the Willie Smith’s Apple Shed Head Chef.  Groups for the distillery experience are set at a maximum of ten people so that you will be given the best opportunity to talk with the distiller and enjoy your time learning about and tasting the Charles Oates spirits.

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Private Huon Valley and Tahune Adventures Day Tour

Huon Valley and Airwalk day tour

Take a private personalised tour to the Huon Valley. Visit the Honey Pot for honey tastings. Travel through Huonville and along the Huon River, then inland to Geeveston the gateway to the forest. On to Tahune Adventures Tasmania including the Airwalk and experience the thrill of a tall trees walk 20-meters in the air. Time for some lunch at Tahune before stopping at Franks Cider Bar and Cafe for Cider tastings. Wind our way through the valley to Grandvewe for Sheep’s Cheese and alcohol tasting, before returning to Hobart.

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Huon Valley Wine Tour

Huon Valley food and drink tour

Explore some of Tasmania’s most picturesque vineyard settings with Ageing Barrel’s Huon Valley Wine Tours. The Huon Valley is nestled behind the Wellington Range; just 30 minutes South-West from Hobart, and is home to an array of award-winning, cool-climate Winemakers who are passionate with sharing their life’s work with fellow wine connoisseurs.

The Huon Valley is home to not only gourmet Winemakers but also some of Tasmania’s finest Apple Cider crafters, affording a broader experience to encompass ciders and local cheeses to compliment your Huon Valley Wine Tour.

Our full day wine tour is all inclusive of Tastings and Lunch.  Includes 4 cellar door tastings, 1 cider tasting, 1 cheese tasting, plus gin and vodka tasting. Also enjoy a delicious vineyard lunch made from local produce and a glass of wine or sparkling, all overlooking the picturesque Huon Valley.

Note: Due to seasonal Vineyard operations, sometimes one of the wine tastings may be substituted for an additional cider tasting at Pagan Cider or Willie Smith Cider.

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Cider and Wine Half Day Tour

Huon Valley

Our Drink Tasmania CIDER & WINE HALF DAY TOUR takes you to 3 of southern Tasmania’s best craft beverage experiences in the Huon Valley, plus a number of special stop-ins along the way.

Highlights include: Homehill Winery, Pagan Cider, Willie Smiths Organic Cider, The Apple Shed

 

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Huon Valley Tour

Hobart - Taroona

TOUR ITINERARY INCLUSIONS

  • Tasmanian Tour Guide
  • Pick up from your accommodation at 9:00am
  • Complimentary bottled water for the trip
  • Sandy Bay & Taroona
  • D’Entrecasteaux Channel
  • Kettering Village
  • Steamhouse Cafe  tea/coffee/fruit juice/soft drink
  • NutPatch Hand Made Chocolate Shop
  • Huon Valley
  • Huon Manor Restaurant Not Included 
  • Home Hill Wintery   Wine Tasting
  • Willie Smiths           Cider Tasting
  • Drop off back to your accommodation at approximately 3:00pm

 

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Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour

Our Drink Tasmania SIGNATURE FULL DAY TOUR takes you to 6 of southern Tasmania’s best craft beverage experiences in the Huon and The Coal River Valley, plus a number of special stop-ins along the way.
PLACES ON THE TOUR: BROOKE STREET BRIGHT EYES, HOME HILL WINERY, PAGAN CIDER, WILLIE SMITHS ORGANIC CIDER, SULLIVANS COVE, LAST RITES BREWERY and HOBART BREWING CO.

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Tahune Air Walk

Hobart Accommodation Pick Up - Sandy Bay - Taroona - Huon Valley - Geeveston -Tahune Air walk - Willie Smiths Apple Shed - Hobart Accommodation Drop Off

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Ida Bay Railway History Tour

Lune River

Step aboard our historic WWII Diesel locomotive, enjoy an unforgettable 2 hour journey alongside the water’s edge, through bush planes and enjoy a history talk from your tour guide at the historic cemetery.

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Private 7 Day Tour for Train Enthusiasts from Hobart 3 - 7 Passengers

Ida Bay Railway, West Coast Wilderness Railway and Don River Railway, Gordon River Cruise, Cradle Mountain

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Where to Stay

Huonville Guesthouse

Huonville - South

Situated in a shopping district, this luxury guesthouse is 6 km from Home Hill Winery and 8.5 km from Wooden Boat Centre. Forest & Heritage Centre and Kingborough Sports Centre are also within 25 km.
This guesthouse features a garden, a porter/bellhop, and free breakfast. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.
All 3 rooms provide conveniences like kitchenettes and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Other amenities available to guests include room service, hair dryers, and showers.

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Wattle Grove - South

Situated in Wattle Grove, this bed & breakfast is within 25 km of Picton River, Huon Apple & Heritage Museum, and Home Hill Winery.

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Cambridge House

Geeveston - South

Situated on a river, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 km from Forest & Heritage Centre and 15.3 km from Wooden Boat Centre. St. Imre Vineyard and Port Esperance are also within 25 km.
Coffee/tea in a common area, a library, and tour/ticket assistance are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. Free cooked-to-order breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a garden, a picnic area, and a TV in a common area are onsite.
All 5 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and private yards. Guests can appreciate conveniences like living rooms and refrigerators, and other amenities include coffee makers and flat-screen TVs.

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Huon Valley Luxury - River Views, Free Wi-fi, NBN

Ranelagh - South

This property is located in Huonville (Ranelagh), close to Home Hill Winery. Area attractions also include Wooden Boat Centre and Pelverata Falls.
This smoke-free property features an arcade/game room and a garden.
The accommodation provides a kitchen with a refrigerator, an oven, a stovetop, and a microwave. For a bit of entertainment, a TV comes with a DVD player, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like a washing machine and a living room.

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Bramley Cottage - Near Cygnet - Huon Valley

Glaziers Bay - North East

Situated in Glaziers Bay, this property is in the same area as Wooden Boat Centre and Forest & Heritage Centre. Regional attractions also include Picton River and Huon Apple & Heritage Museum.
This smoke-free property features a garden and barbecue grills.
The accommodation provides a TV with a DVD player, plus a kitchen with a refrigerator, an oven, and a dishwasher. Guests can appreciate conveniences like a washing machine and a living room, and other amenities include a patio and a dining area.

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Huon Bush Retreats

Huonville - South

Situated in a regional park, this apartment building is within 15 km of Home Hill Winery, Picton River, and Huon Apple & Heritage Museum. The Huon Apple and Heritage Museum and Wooden Boat Centre are also within 20 km.
This apartment building features a spa tub, a meeting room, and tour/ticket assistance. Self parking is free. Additionally, wedding services, a garden, and barbecue grills are onsite.
Each apartment boasts a fireplace and offers a balcony and a private yard. Housekeeping is available once per stay.

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Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast

Dover - South

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of St. Imre Vineyard, Port Esperance, and Kents Beach. Esperance Bay Park is 1.5 km away.
A garden, free breakfast, and free self parking are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. WiFi in public areas is free.
All 3 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and pillowtop beds. Comforts include premium bedding and pillow menus, and guests will also find conveniences like refrigerators and electric kettles.

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Huon Valley Eco Wilderness Retreat

Huonville - South

Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is close to Home Hill Winery. Area attractions also include Pelverata Falls.
Wedding services, a garden, and barbecue grills are available at this bed & breakfast. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a picnic area.
All 3 rooms boast private pools and private spa tubs, plus kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include free WiFi, furnished balconies or patios, and living rooms.

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Walton House

Huonville - South

Situated in a shopping district, this luxury guesthouse is 4.8 km from Home Hill Winery and 6.2 km from Wooden Boat Centre.

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Linda Cottage Port Huon

Port Huon - South

Situated in Port Huon, this cottage is close to Forest & Heritage Centre. Area attractions also include Wooden Boat Centre. A spa tub, coffee/tea in a common area, and a microwave in a common area are available at this cottage.

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Peppermint Ridge Retreat

Woodbridge - South

Situated in Woodbridge, this luxury apartment building is within 15 km of Oyster Cove Marina, Kettering Ferry Terminal, and Bruny Island Ferry Terminal. Kingborough Sports Centre and Picton River are also within 32 km.

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Linda Cottage Franklin

Franklin - South

Situated in Franklin, this cottage is 0.8 km from Wooden Boat Centre and within 15 km of Picton River and Home Hill Winery. Forest & Heritage Centre is 14.3 km away.

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Crabtree River Cottages

Grove - South East

Situated in Grove, this cottage is 7.3 km from Home Hill Winery and 15.5 km from Wooden Boat Centre. Mount Nelson Lookout and Kingborough Sports Centre are also within 32 km.

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Crabtree House

Grove - South

Situated in Grove, this cottage is 7.3 km from Home Hill Winery and 15.5 km from Wooden Boat Centre. Mount Nelson Lookout and Kingborough Sports Centre are also within 32 km.

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Green Gables B&B

Gardners Bay - South

Situated near the bay, this luxury guesthouse is 17.4 km from Oyster Cove Marina and 17.8 km from Kettering Ferry Terminal. Bruny Island Ferry Terminal and Picton River are also within 25 km.

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