The Channel, Bruny Island, the Huon Valley and the Far South make up the enchanting Southern Trove. Sparkling rivers, pristine beaches, world class wilderness, hidden caves, hot springs, unique wildlife, delightful produce, artistic hubs and an intriguing history are just some of the gems waiting to be unearthed. Here are four activities in the Southern Trove that will delight you!
Climb the shot tower for mesmerising river views
Built in 1870, the shot tower at Taroona is a historic treasure. Molten lead was dropped from the top of the hollow tower to the bottom, as its rapid descent and cooling roughly shaped it into pellets. Ascend the 259 steps to the top of the 58 metre sandstone tower and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views up, down and across the Derwent River. There’s also a museum at the base of the tower and tea rooms alongside.
Seek thrills on an adventure cruise
Jump aboard a yellow boat and be whisked away! It’s a rush darting around (and through) the coastal crevices of Bruny Island, with the sparkling turquoise water surrounding the boat like a giant jewel. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins chasing the boat, noisy seals, rare sea birds, and perhaps even a whale during migration season. You never know what will surprise you!
For more info, see: Bruny Island Cruises
Become one with the forest at the Tahune Airwalk
The dazzling power of nature is on full display at the Tahune Airwalk. Take in the breathtaking views across the forest canopy and down to the water below, with swing bridges over the Huon and Picton Rivers. Immerse yourself in the wilderness, with forest walks for all levels. Sample some of our island’s rich bounty, with Tasmanian food and wine in the café. Learn more at the Forest and Heritage Centre in Geeveston.
For more info, see: Tahune Forest Airwalk and Visitor Centre
Take an enchanting journey along the historic railway at Ida Bay
Toot toot! All aboard! Settle into your seat aboard Ida Bay Railway’s historic WWII diesel locomotive for an unforgettable two hour journey. The historic track was originally used to cart limestone to ships at Deep Hole, and is now one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia. The mesmerising journey takes you along the water’s edge through the scenic bush, with brief stops to comb the beach for treasure at Deep Hole and unearth some intriguing graveyard history.
For more info, see: Ida Bay Railway & Cafe
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