SOUTHERN TROVE JOURNEYS

SOUTHERN TROVE JOURNEYS

SOUTHERN TROVE JOURNEYS

3 Day Journeys

Day 1

Depart Hobart traveling south via the Channel Highway to Margate, stopping at the Historic Shot Tower and Kingston Beach, a popular beach with the locals on a sunny day. Continue onto Grove where you will find Willie Smiths – an inviting cider factory and Apple Museum- ideal for a lunch stop. Wander the museum and get comfy on a patch of grass in the sunshine with a cool cider. Nearby, you’ll also find the Honey Pot and Home Hill Winery where you can enjoy a local wine tasting or meal.

On arrival into Huonville, explore the main street where you’ll find timber sculptures on the riverside. Take a jet boat ride or river cruise, both departing from the Esplanade. Overnight at Huonville, Franklin, Port Huon or Geeveston, a variety of accommodation options can be found at these locations.

Day 2

Head for the Far South today. Travel to the Southern-most point of Australia to which you can drive, Cockle Creek, and view the bronze sculpture of a Southern Right Whale. From Cockle Creek, a walk to South Cape Bay will take you further south.

While in the area you may choose to take a ride on the Ida Bay Railway or visit Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool. Overnight in the Far South at Southport or Dover or further north at Geeveston or Port Huon.

Day 3

Explore Geeveston with its street sculptures and craft shops then venture west to the Tahune Airwalk. Here you will view the forests from the tree tops, take a walk along the riverbanks and across the suspension bridges or get a bird’s eye view of the Huon River on the Eagle Cable Hang Gliding.

Return to Hobart stopping at Franklin and explore the maritime history and boat building heritage of this historic township. Afterwards, enjoy a cold beverage in the Kermandie Hotel. Fresh produce and fruit in season is readily available throughout the region at farm gate and roadside stalls.

Stop for a meal at the Aura Café at Southern Lights Hotel, Kingston, and perhaps stay the night. After all, you’re only 10 minutes from Hobart.
A range of accommodation is available throughout the region varying from camping areas to 5-star, as travelling distances throughout the region are not great, you may choose to base yourself in one place and day trip through the area from there.

5 Day Journeys

Day 1

Travel South from Hobart to Kettering and catch the vehicular ferry to Bruny Island. Explore the many scenic points of the Island, Adventure Bay, Cloudy Bay, Dennes Point, the Neck and take a boat trip from Adventure Bay to discover the rugged coastline and sea life.

Sample the cheeses produced on the Island and oysters harvested from the crystal clear waters surrounding the island.

Stay on the Island overnight or return by ferry to the mainland, there’s plenty of accommodation around the Kingston, Margate, Snug and Lower Channel Area.

Day 2

Head further south through Woodbridge to the Lower Channel area, stop and sample the sheep’s cheese at Grandview Cheeses and wash it down with Sheep Whey vodka at Birches Bay, visit Peppermint Bay Restaurant or some of the numerous wineries including Hartzview and Panorama in the Channel area. Explore the craft shops, galleries and cafés in the township of Cygnet.

Stay overnight in the Cygnet area or continue on and overnight in or around Huonville or a little further west at Huon Bush Retreats.

Day 3

Take a river cruise or jet boat ride on the Huon River from Huonville, or let the kids expel some energy on the pedal boats or aqua bikes. Explore the township, the Valley’s main commercial centre. Travel further south, exploring Franklin and Geeveston, discovering the maritime history and many craft outlets in the area.

Venture west to the Southern Forests and Tahune Airwalk, view the forests from the tree tops and discover small Huon Pines growing on the river banks of the Huon and Picton Rivers. Before returning to Geeveston and heading further south, visit the Hartz Mountains National Park, where there are numerous walks of varying lengths and difficulty throughout this alpine area.

Overnight in the Geeveston area or continue to the Far South, staying in the Dover or Southport areas

Day 4

Visit Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool, take a train ride on the Ida Bay Railway or travel to Cockle Creek, the end of the road!! A walk along the south coast track takes you to South Cape Bay. Stroll along the many sandy beaches or fish the crystal clear waters from the rocks. For those interested in rocks you may choose to visit Lunaris Gemstones or just fossic for a gemstone yourself in and around the Lune River area.

Overnight in the Far South area or head north staying around the Geeveston or Huonville areas.

Day 5

Return to Hobart via Ranelagh visiting Home Hill Winery and Restaurant, then on towards Grove where you will find The Honey Pot and Willie Smiths Cidery and Apple Museum. Enjoy a meal at Southern Lights Hotel at Kingston before continuing on to Hobart via the Channel Highway, stopping to climb the Historic Shot Tower on the way. A short side trip to the Mount Nelson Signal Station is well worthwhile with spectacular views of Hobart, the Derwent Estuary, Tasman Peninsula and Storm Bay.

These suggested journeys by no means cover all the Southern Trove has to offer but are merely an indication of how your time may be spent. No doubt you will find there is more than we have indicated here and will have to return.
Fresh produce and fruit in season is readily available throughout the region at farm gate and roadside stalls.

A range of accommodation is available throughout the region varying from camping areas to 5-star, as travelling distances throughout the region are not great, you may choose to base yourself in one place and day trip through the area from there.

Salamanca Inn

Salamanca Inn is a 4 ½ star AAA rated 60 room apartment style hotel. Located in the heart of Salamanca Place on Hobart’s waterfront. Salamanca Inn is proudly Tasmanian owned and operated by the ‘Fuglsang family’ delivering personalised yet professional service, ensuring customers enjoy an authentic local experience in Hobart and beyond

Tahune Forest Airwalk

Experience the power of nature at southern Tasmania’s must-see attraction, the Tahune AirWalk. With breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling swinging bridges across the Huon and Picton Rivers, and Tasmanian food and wine in the licensed cafe, there’s a full day of fun for the whole family.

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