Southern Tasmania features some of Australia’s best regions in which to enjoy a touring holiday. Pack up the family car and head south via the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne, or fly into Hobart and hire a car. One thing is for sure; a self-drive touring holiday is definitely the best way to really go behind the scenery.
The Huon Trail
Commencing just south of Hobart (via either Taroona or Kingston), the Huon Trail winds its way through the rolling hills that made Tasmania famous as the Apple Isle, way down to Cockle Creek and Australia’s southernmost point. It also takes in the amazing beauty and first-class produce of Bruny Island and the Díentrecasteaux Channel.
The Huon Trail is home to vineyards, cheese-makers, chocolatiers, fisher-folk, cider brewers and of course fruit growers! The range of produce is tantalising and the many and varied roadside stalls, cellar doors, cafes and restaurants provide an eclectic choice at which to sample the goods. The region is also fast becoming known for mushrooms, saffron, alpacas, honey, berries, oils and smoked produce. Donít be surprised to catch a glimpse Sydney food critic-turned primary producer Matthew Evans of the now famous Fat Pig Farm; his place is nestled in the hills near funky Cygnet.
Stunning waterways are ever-present
when you’re exploring the Huon Trail, be it the magnificent in-shore Channel or the mighty Huon and Picton rivers that crash together far below the tree top platform of the Tahune Airwalk.
While the winter months are cooler the stillness and beauty is unmatched by any other time of year. At Huonville, take in the Huon River on a serene river cruise, or send your heart racing with a thrilling jet-boat ride. Hang on for an exhilarating Bruny Island ocean dash or just ponder the boats bobbing around from the safety and style of Sass Restaurant at the Kermandie Hotel and Marina.
Other adventures might include a swim at the thermal springs or exploring the awesome dolomite caves in the Hastings Caves State Reserve. Rug up and fossick for gemstones at Lune River, discover the beauty of Deep Hole via tourist railway or make your way from the bronze whale sculpture at Cockle Creek to the south coast where nothing exists between you and Antarctica.
The Huon Trail is not a day trip. You can’t truly experience the essence of the region without staying a few nights. The accommodation available is varied and includes exclusive luxury hideaways, cottages, bush tepees, bed and breakfasts, eco-cabins, apartments, hotels, motels and more.
Huon Trail website: www.huontrail.org.au