Timber, apples and mountain tall tales
Geeveston is a small town located south of Huonville. Built on a heritage of forestry and apple growing, the town now operates primarily as a gateway for those exploring the Hartz Mountains National Park, and nearby rivers and attractions. During apple season in autumn, visitors can enjoy apples by the bucket load including Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Crofton from stalls by the roadside.
The town is filled with creative types so keep an eye out for the local market and those who have carved a livelihood in this small township including one Japanese resident who arguably makes the best sushi on the island.
Wander the main street for local artisan’s works, learn about the town’s history at the Forest and Heritage Centre or venture off to explore the surrounding attractions. The Tahune Forest Reserve is just west of the town where you can walk amongst the treetops on the Tahune Airwalk. This popular destination allows you to wander 48 metres above the forest floor and hover above the wild Picton River.
If you’re feeling active, head for the Hartz Mountains National Park. Often blanketed in snow, climbing to the summit of Hartz Peak offers stunning views across the south-west wilderness. There are plenty of other shorter walks that do not require a five-hour return commitment. With its glacial tarns and sharp peaks, the Hartz Mountains are a popular bushwalking destination for the locals and one that requires plenty of layers. Geeveston is about one hour drive from Hobart.
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