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Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 3 WELCOME TO View over Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Photography by: Adam Johnson
Page 4 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 Pristine South Tasmania showcases the natural beauty and travel opportunities across the state for locals and tourists to enjoy, and encourages locals to explore their island state and discover why the rest of the world travels far and wide to visit. The 2024 Pristine South Tasmania contains information on various parts of Tasmania including the east coast, north east and the southern regions, not forgetting Bruny Island. Starting down south, the rich natural beauty of the Huon Valley is home to a diverse range of towns and attractions. Among these remarkable sites are beautiful beaches like those found at Cockle Creek, Southport and Dover. The forest town of Geeveston and many spots along the Huon River, including Franklin, Huonville and to the popular town of Cygnet, there is so much to experience. The south is famous for some of the best produce in the world, which can be found in the cafés, restaurants and vineyards throughout the Huon Valley. For the adventurer, you will find fantastic walks that showcase some of the most amazing scenery, fantastic locations to fish, mountain bike and more. Take the time to create your own personal adventure of wild coastlines and sheltered waterways, quiet country roads through farmlands and forests to World Heritage wilderness. Not far from the Huon Valley, you arrive in the Kingborough and Channel areas, which share many of the natural wonders of the Huon Valley, combined with the convenience of only being 10-minutes from Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. There are outdoor adventures and walks, a rich and complex maritime history and rural heritage, delicious food and beverages, health and wellness retreats, landscaped gardens and friendly artists and craftspeople.
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 5 The Bruny Island ferry departs from Kettering, taking you to an island with adventures waiting for you. At the heart of Tasmania is the Central Highlands, home to Tasmania’s early settler history, beautiful national parks and some of the most sought after fishing spots in the state. The Great Lake will keep any keen trout angler happy and the Huon pine mural Wall of Wilderness at Derwent Bridge is living art at its finest. Making your way to the east coast, you can explore the relaxed seaside lifestyle you won’t want to leave. Places like the Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay are ideal locations for any keen photographer. Discover a world of adventure with a beautiful backdrop to capture that perfect, happy, holiday snap. Crystal clear waters and pristine beaches line the entire east coast, making it a drive worth taking. Moving to the other corner of Tasmania is the north west, famous for prime farm lands, rugged natural wilderness and the cleanest air in the world. Surfers are in for a treat at Green Point Beach, home to the West Coast Classic. Like the rest of Tasmania, locals are spoilt for choice, with quality local produce including premium wagyu beef, shellfish and much more. The wild west coast is one of Tasmania’s last true wilderness frontiers, with rugged mountains, rich mining history and untouched lakes and rivers. Natural beauty is at every turn, including giant sand dunes, Southwest National Park and the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Each corner of Tasmania has too much to see and do in a day trip, so check out the variety of accommodation options available in this holiday magazine, and explore the tourist attractions, restaurants and cafés on offer. Huon River. Photography by: Scott Gordon
Page 6 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 Welcome .....................................3-5 Far South....................................8-19 Huon Valley Part One.............20-49 Map and Business Index .......50-54 Huon Valley Part Two .............55-65 Bruny Island............................66-69 Kingborough & the Channel....70-85 Hobart ....................................86-89 East Coast................................90-93 Tracks and Trails ...........................94 Driving Times ...............................95 Fishing ....................................96-97 Thank You......................................98 CONTENTS Cover: Mount Picton. Photography by: Harriet Paul Photography Top Left: Cairns Bay. Photography by: Ann Brook Left: Compton Falls, Lonnavale. Photography by: Brock Watson H21576
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 7 Weld River. Photography by: Harley Watson
Page 8 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 C634 C638 C638 C635 C637 C635 C632 C636 River PORT CYGNET Hideaway Bay HUON RIVER South Cape SURPRISE BAY Shoemaker Point A6 South Cape Range Catamaran Cockle Creek Bare Hill Lion Rock SOUTH CAPE BAY South East Cape (Australia’s southern most point) Whale Head Fishers Point RECHERCHE BAY Mount La Perouse 1157 Pindars Peak Oval Lake Mount Victoria Cross Salisbury River Picton River Lune River D’Entrecasteaux Catamaran River South Cape SOUTHPORT LAGOON SOUTHPORT Lune River Ida Bay Southport Southport Island STANDAWAY Courts I Hopwood Point Par Sou Nati D’ENT PORT ESPERANCE Hope Island Espe Dover Surveyors Bay Raminea Strathblane Eg an Ba Glendevie Police Point Brooks Bay Gar Wattle Grove Petcheys Lymington Surges Bay Waterloo Cairns Bay South West National Park Hartz Mountains National Park Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Lake Sydney Pine Lake Hartz Lake Picton R Esperance River Roberts River Adamsons Peak 1226 Hartz Peak 1255 Bay Hasting Caves and Thermal Springs Rivulet
The Far South is where the rugged southern mountains meet the wild Southern Ocean and where opportunities abound for outdoor adventure and discovery. This blend of bush and bay offers visitors many opportunities to be out in nature. Walk a deserted beach, fish for your dinner, go boating, catch a wave or simply enjoy the stillness and beauty of the surrounding forest or summit’s peak. THE SCENIC ROUTE Just south of Geeveston, the alternative scenic route (C638) from Surges Bay takes in some wonderful elevated views over the mouth of the Huon River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel; including a close up glimpse of salmon farm operations. Travelling west of Geeveston you can even stop and take the walks to Lake Esperance, Lake Osborne, Hartz Peak, Arve Falls and more. DOVER Heading further south, you enter picturesque Port Esperance with its three islands; Hope, Faith and Charity. Majestic Adamsons Peak provides a dramatic backdrop to the township of Dover, established in 1845. Once a convict probation station, Dover is now a popular seaside destination and main service centre for the area. It’s a good idea to stock up with supplies here before heading further south. Dover foreshore has some easy walkways and a barbecue shelter for picnics at the beach. Recreational fishing from the wharf is another popular pastime. SOUTHPORT The sheltered settlement of Southport skirts a bay that opens south-east to the great Southern Ocean. Southport is a smaller community with a rich history, with residents who appreciate the beauty of the place, as well as good recreational fishing and a sheltered port of call. COCKLE CREEK Cockle Creek enters the sea at the southern end of Recherche Bay and is Tasmania’s most southerly point accessed by road. Cockle Creek partly defines a boundary for the Southwest National Park and is a popular place for camping, both with locals and visitors. This is where you can start the moderate five-hour return walk to South Cape Bay, where you will reach the most southern bay of Australia. For the more adventurous, this can also be the start of the six to nine day walk from Cockle Creek to Melaleuca, over 85 kilometres long. Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 9 FAR SOUTH Tasmania’s Far South is where you will find the most southern point of, not just Tasmania, but Australia. Federation Peak from Hartz Mountains. Photography by: Harley Watson
Page 10 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 FAR SOUTH - TASMANIA Southport Hotel & Caravan Park 8777 Huon Highway, Southport P: (03) 6298 3144 W: www.southportcaravanpark.com.au H20232 Units, cabins, powered and unpowered sites • Hotel meals for lunch and dinner daily Southport Hotel is Australia’s southern most pub. Southport Hotel and Caravan Park is a family-friendly hotel with meals for lunch and dinner every day of the week. The menu offers a great variety of all the pub favourites, from parmas, mouthwatering steaks and steak sandwiches, to locally-sourced seafood. Southport Caravan Park is situated on 12 acres of native bushland and offers a range of accommodation, including motel units, cabins, powered and unpowered camping sites. The park is pet friendly, has a camp kitchen and laundry facilities in the amenities block. The general store is open every day and stocks a range of convenience foods, selected groceries, takeaway food, awesome coffee, fishing gear and bait, as well as fuel and gas bottles. The town of Southport has a boat ramp, jetty and lovely beaches. It’s a great spot to either relax or drop a line off the jetty and try to catch a flathead or squid. Southport Hotel and Caravan Park is a great place to base yourself while exploring Tasmania’s Far South. With Hastings Caves only 10 minutes away, and only a short drive to Tahune Airwalk and Hartz Mountains and many other beautiful walks and sights, it’s worth taking the time to explore properly. Australia’s southern most pub
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 11 TASMANIA - FAR SOUTH LUNARIS GEMSTONES Our showroom of gems and fossils is only 1 hour south of Huonville WE HAVE - CRYSTALS I MINERALS I FOSSILS I JEWELLERY We also have a stall at the Salamanca Market Open most days from 9am to 5pm (phone to confirm) 175 Lune River Road, Lune River P. (03) 6298 3182 M. 0447 001 601 W. lunarisgemstones.com.au E. firstname.lastname@example.org H20500 Travelling through the Far South, perhaps on your way to Cockle Creek, you will come across a rock shop located at Lune River, close to Hastings Caves. Located between two public fossicking areas, Lunaris Gemstones features local gemstones – agate, quartz, jasper – Jurassic fossils, wood and rare ferns. Tasmanian minerals are for sale, including Tasmania’s mineral emblem, crocoite. There is also a display of fluorescent minerals. Jewellery, such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches, are made from Tasmanian stichtite stone and jade. Whilst the emphasis is on Tasmanian specimens, Lunaris stocks overseas and Australian gems and fossils, including slabs for lapidaries. Lunaris Gemstones regularly attend Salamanca Market on Saturdays, providing fossicking information to those who want to dig and find their own gems. Generally, open most days at Lune River, it’s suggested you phone beforehand to confirm on 0447 001 601. Gem and fossil shop South Cape Bay. Photography by: Matt Jury
Page 12 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 FAR SOUTH - TASMANIA H20240 For information visit www.parks.tas.gov.au or call our Visitor Centre on (03) 6298 3209 A short, picturesque journey one hour south of Huonville will take you to the extraordinary beauty of Hastings Caves. Let the professional Parks and Wildlife guides take you on a journey of discovery through Newdegate Cave, a large, multileveled dolomite cave where you will be surrounded by beautiful crystal formations many thousands of years old. Relax and soak up the ambience of the forest whilst swimming in the naturally warm Thermal Springs pool. Take a stroll through the fern glades and search for a platypus and trout on the lovely waterside short walks. Opening hours and cave tour times vary seasonally, with updated information available at www.parks.tas.gov.au/hastings-caves Bookings are recommended, and may be made up to 14 days in advance by calling Hastings Caves on (03) 6298 3209. Plan to arrive at the visitor centre 45 minutes before your booked tour to allow for ticket purchase and travel to the cave, where your guide will meet you to conduct the scheduled tour. Magical dolomite caves
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 13 TASMANIA - FAR SOUTH H21612 Quarry Hill Lookout is perfectly located in Tasmania’s beautiful Far South, and still only one hour from Hobart. It is suitable for couples, families or small groups and sleeps up to nine people providing a great base from which to explore the attractions of the pristine south. It boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, large lounge, upstairs mezzanine, kitchen and laundry, with free Wi-Fi, linen and towels included. Luxury, quiet, comfort and million-dollar views. “Cannot recommend this beautiful property highly enough! The attention to every detail is outstanding – nothing has been missed! We live in Hobart and love the area, so glad we stumbled upon this wonderful find. We will return!” SHARYN | HOBART “A stylish and comfortable place, close to the local shop, RSL and beach. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.” ERIN | TASMANIA “We had a great stay. Bed was very comfy. Views fabulous. Added bonus were the delicious berries and apples we ate from the garden. Thank you.” CHRIS | SYDNEY Luxury with million-dollar views
Page 14 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 FAR SOUTH - TASMANIA Worth leaving home for! 6957 Huon Highway, Dover 0417 746 437 email@example.com www.ashdownsofdover.com.au H21832 Multi-award winning Bed and Breakfast with spacious well-appointed ensuite guest rooms, TV/DVD, free WiFi, wheelchair accessible and mini-bar. Set on a small farm in Dover within walking distance to shops, restaurants and beaches. Experience warm hospitality and a delicious cooked breakfast. Bed and Breakfast Hosted Accommodation In the Far South of Tasmania, overlooked by Adamsons Peak and sheltered from the Southern Ocean, lies historic Port Esperance and the picturesque fishing town of Dover. In the heart of Dover, the national awards-winning Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast is within easy walking distance to shops, cafés, restaurants and the beach. The property offers guests three modern and comfortable ensuite rooms with comprehensive in-room facilities, generous cooked-to-order breakfasts and great service. Outdoor activities often mentioned by guests include: gazing up at the night sky whilst sitting by the fire in the outdoor seating area or looking for a platypus whilst they sat relaxing by the river. Spoil yourself with a stay at Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast; an ideal place to simply relax or a convenient base to explore the Huon Valley and Far South. Located at 16 Chapman Avenue, Dover, visitors are always welcome to call into Australia’s southern most RSL and ExServicemen’s Club, open seven days a week and serving refreshments and meals daily. Relax and enjoy the Dover RSL and Ex-Servicemen’s and Bowls Club facilities, including the main bar with TAB and TASkeno. The Swan Lounge has views to Bruny Island across the sevenrink bowling green, an eight-ball area, gaming room and Bayview Dining and a large display of veteran memorabilia. Come and enjoy a quality, inexpensive meal garnished with spectacular views. Whether you’re looking for a three-course meal or light snack, the main menu and daily specials are changed regularly to feature the current season’s produce. Together with a family friendly children’s menu, lunch is available between noon to 2pm and dinner, 6pm to 8pm daily. Find them at www.doverrslclub.com for further information or on Facebook ‘What’s happening at the Dover RSL’ to stay upto-date with weekly activities, including happy hours, raffle nights and monthly events featuring live entertainment. For bookings or enquiries, phone (03) 6298 1264. Southern most RSL and Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Australia Accommodation worth leaving home for
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 15 TASMANIA - FAR SOUTH H21829 Gamble Responsibly – Gambler’s Help 1800 858 858 OPEN 7 DAYS • Bayview Dining serving meals daily Lunch 12noon–2pm and Dinner 6pm 8pm • Bar, Lounge and entertainment areas • Outdoor Beer Garden overlooking Port Esperance and Adamsons Peak • Bowling Green (Seasonal Barefoot Bowls) • Weekly Events, Monthly Live Entertainment www.doverrslclub.com Find us on Facebook – “What’s happening at the Dover RSL” Visitors Welcome – Family Friendly DOVER RSL & EX-SERVICEMEN’S CLUB INC 16 Chapman Avenue, Dover • Phone (03) 6298 1264 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web doverrslclub.com
Page 16 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 FAR SOUTH - TASMANIA H21824 ESPERANCE ADVENTURES DOVER TASMANIA Guided kayak tours in southern Tasmania. Easy flat-water tours on comfortable, stable kayaks. Enjoy Tasmania from a new perspective. Book now at esperanceadventures.com.au or call 0428 279 002 Paddle Pristine Southern Tasmania H21807 As you drive through the Huon Valley to Far South Tasmania, you traverse a watery landscape of stunning rivers, estuaries, lagoons, and protected bays that call out to be explored. Esperance Adventures offers gentle, guided kayak tours through these wild, protected waters and provides visitors with an amazing opportunity to explore the tranquil beauty of the area. All the tours are easy, flatwater journeys that require no previous experience and provide a great family experience. Simply allow your guide to lead you through these amazing environments, as you learn about the wildlife and history of the area. The kayak tours are in small intimate groups and are a great family activity. Children aged seven years and above can participate in the activities. You can join one of their tours to explore the Lune River, around the rivers and islands in Port Esperance Bay, remote Recherche Bay or the Paddle and explore Perfect base for your stay Tasmania’s Far South, and the friendly crew at Essentially Tas, are here for you, offering their selection of hand-picked, self-contained, deluxe accommodation options to make the perfect base for your stay. From cosy waterfront cottages, through to indulgent luxury, the Essentially Tas collection is all designed around the stunning waterways of Tasmania’s Huon Valley and Far South – perfectly located to explore the natural wonders of the region. Whether you are seeking a luxury getaway, a family holiday or a corporate retreat, or off the grid, Essentially Tas website has a range to suit every need, with gorgeous waterfront and forested properties throughout the Far South. Relax and enjoy your idyllic surroundings from your own private balcony, stroll along the sandy beaches or spoil yourself with local wines, ciders and gourmet produce, while you take in the magnificent views. From a relaxing “chill out on the balcony with a glass of Tassie pinot” type escape, to the “Let’s walk to Australia’s southernmost point and then relax in the spa”. Tasmania at its best. scenic Huon River. All equipment and refreshments are provided, simply relax and enjoy your tour. Ever wanted to hunt for treasure? For the young (or young at heart!) who want to explore their own island and find a little treasure, ask about the Treasure Hunter Tour.
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 17 TASMANIA - FAR SOUTH • Deluxe self-contained waterfront studio • Central to the attractions of the Huon Valley and Far South • Within walking distance to all Dover’s cafes, restaurants and sandy beaches • Just over an hour south of Hobart • Stunning water views over Port Esperance Bay • Ideal for couples luxury getaway Check us out today www.driftwoodcottages.com.au or call (03) 6298 1441 for more information 51 Bay View Road, Dover 7117 H21825 The Far South certainly lives up to its reputation as a beautiful and diverse place, special for every visitor. From bushwalks into world heritage listed areas, Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool or chasing the Aurora Australis at the southernmost point, Driftwood Cottages in Dover is the perfect place to return to after every adventure. Close enough to walk to the conveniences on offer, with an exceptional view across the bay, it will take you as far away as anyone wants to be, yet close enough for comfort. Fully self-contained, with underfloor heating, each cottage allows their guests to create meals with local gourmet produce and fully enjoy their getaway, or simply sit and sip remarkable wine and take in the peaceful environment with your friends and family. Check them out today at www.driftwoodcottages.com.au or call (03) 6298 1441 for more information. Driftwood Cottages, Dover
Page 18 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 FAR SOUTH - TASMANIA H21823 The charming fishing town of Dover is home to the Peninsula Experience. Entered via a Shinto-inspired massive red gate, The Peninsula is 250 acres of pristine Tasmanian wilderness, all yours to explore. Expansive trails have been crafted over some 10 kilometres to take advantage of the variety of greenery and the stunning waterways that surround it. Whether it be the sweet note of a pardalote, the glimpse of a shy wombat, or the sun sinking beyond the snowcapped Hartz Mountains in the west; you are truly part of nature during your stay. Choose the spacious 19th century Cape House, with its three king bedrooms, fireplace, lounge, formal dining, and all mod cons, surrounded by spa and cocktail deck, or the intimate one-bedroom Boathouse with king bed, spa and fireplace; you’ll be in luxurious surrounds. Their key word is experience, and little extras, like backpacks with binoculars and trail booklets, are provided to enhance your experience. Essentially Tas wants you to take home special memories. Beyond the red gate…
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 19 TASMANIA - FAR SOUTH H20224 D O V E R G O L F C L U B • Fresh food, cold drinks and friendly service • Functions, catering and community events • Golf cart and equipment hire • Food and drinks to take away Find us at 81 Cemetery Road, Dover or contact us for Golf 0410 510 385, Bar & Bistro (03) 6298 1562 or Dover Golf Club Dover Golf Club Bar & Bistro Australia’s Southern Most Golf Course! H21622 Dover Museum and Gallery is situated in the Dover Old School building, on the Huon Highway. It is currently run by volunteers from the Dover History Group Inc. Dover Museum and Gallery features a permanent display of maritime and local history, and also holds various other exhibitions throughout the year. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania Celebrating the Far South, through history and art Dover is situated on the shores of Port Esperance in the Far South of Tasmania and is the southern most commercial town in Australia; also home to the southern most golf club. The club was formed over 100 years ago to cater for the sporting needs of the local community, as well as visitors, and continues to fulfil that role today. With nine holes of small, well-grassed and maintained greens, multiple tees and tree-lined fairways, the course is a challenge. Beautiful views of hills, orchards and snow-capped mountains await. Competition day is on Sundays at 10.30am, as well as a 9hole Chicken Run at 2pm on Fridays. Clubs and equipment are available seven days a week. For those looking for a good, hearty meal, the club has its own bar and bistro in the heated clubhouse for lunch and dinner, and also offers souvenirs to take home. Check out Dover Golf Club’s Facebook page for opening days and hours. available in the resource library. Dover Museum and Gallery is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10.30am to 4pm, or to arrange an appointment or group booking, phone 0407 589 952 or email email@example.com For news on events and exhibitions, follow Dover Museum and Gallery on Facebook at dovermuseumandgallery also supports Dover Museum and Gallery with its travelling exhibitions. In 2017, Dover Museum and Gallery revitalised the Dover Flower Show and it has become a popular annual event each September. The Dover Museum and Gallery also supports local artists and has various paintings and pottery for sale, as well as prints and cards. Dover Museum and Gallery has a number of publications on sale, including several produced by historian Dorothy Crocker on the history of the area. For those interested in family history research, Dover Museum and Gallery also has local, genealogical information Home to the southern most golf club
Page 20 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 C621 C619 C634 C638 C638 C631 C637 C632 PORT CYGNET Forest Walk Lucaston Crabtree Ranelagh Woodstock Cradoc Verona Sands Hideaway Bay HUON RIVER Satell Ninepin Point M Mount W C617 C618 C645 C619 A6 A6 Partridge Island Ventenat P D’ENTRECASTEAUX CHANNEL PORT ESPERANCE Hope Island Huon Island Esperance Point Dover Surveyors Bay Raminea Strathblane Eggs and Bacon Bay Glendevie Police Point Brooks Bay Garden Island Cygnet Castle Forbes Bay Port Huon Glaziers Bay Wattle Grove Petcheys Lymington Surges Bay Waterloo Cairns Bay Gardners Bay Deep Bay Garden Island Abels Bay Randalls Bay Woo Nicholls Rivulet Park ns National Park Hartz Lake iver Esperance River Adamsons Peak 1226 Hartz Peak 1255 Geeveston Egg Island Franklin Scotts Divide Judbury Glen Huon Bay Weld River ver e Denison River Arve River Tahune Forest Reserve Lonnavale Huonville Grove Longley Lower Longley Kaoota Allens R Pelverata Mountain River Hasting Caves and Thermal Springs Denison Forest Drive
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 21 The Huon Valley is known for the authenticity of its produce and craft. Nearly every stop you will make during your journey will most likely have some sort of local cider, wine, produce, clothing, craft or creation on offer. GEEVESTON Further south, you will reach the area known as the timber town, Geeveston. Geeveston has forestry heritage and today caters for travellers exploring the nearby forests, Hartz Mountains National Park, the Tahune Airwalk and rivers. Surrounded by rolling hills and the nearby mountains, Geeveston has a range of shops, eateries and local attractions, and a main street full of hand-carved timber sculptures of famous locals. PORT HUON When driving south of Franklin, you will enter Port Huon, which was once a busy trading port and the destination for international apple boats that transported and exported the region’s famous apples to the world. FRANKLIN Ten minutes south of Huonville is the riverside township of Franklin, known for its wooden boat history. Franklin displays the talent of locals when it comes to boatbuilding and the famous Huon Pine. HUONVILLE Huonville is the main township in the Huon Valley municipality, located where the highway meets the Huon River. The Huon Valley Council Chambers are located on Main Street, along with many shops and businesses. Outside Huonville is Ranelagh, where the recreational ground hosts popular yearly events, including A Taste of the Huon and the Huon Show. Further up the road in Grove, the Mid-Winter Fest is held in July each year. Up the Huon River you will find Glen Huon, Judbury and Lonnavale and you can continue out to the wilderness of the Southwest National Park. CYGNET Travelling from the Channel, you will come through Verona Sands, Randalls Bay and up to the creative town of Cygnet. Cygnet is something of a local mecca for creative types, and the home of the widely-popular Cygnet Folk Festival, that attracts musicians and music lovers from mainland Australia and the world. The town includes several craft shops, art studios and galleries, along with groceries, fuel and all necessities. HUON VALLEY Also known as the ‘Apple Valley’, the Huon Valley produces some of the best apples and fruits, which can be seen along the roads during the summer and tasted from the many roadside apple stores or multiple cider houses and wineries. View over Glen Huon to Judbury. Photography by: Melanie Wright
Page 22 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 HUON VALLEY - TASMANIA Monday-Friday 8.30am-6pm Saturday 9am-4pm 0439 833 804 Toners & Ink Cartridges Printers Computer accessories Cards & wrap Souvenirs Office Supplies Seasonal Lines H20511 Gifts & Party Supplies H20507 From humble beginnings (the bedroom), Tassie Toners was born in 2015, supplying ink and toner cartridges throughout the southern region of Tasmania. In 2017, a name change took place and it became known as Tassie Toners & Office Supplies, with the range expanding into stationery and office supplies. In January 2020, a retail arm of the business was set up in Geeveston to fill a niche in the market for the surrounding area, with the locals also loving their gift lines and greeting cards. On July 1, 2021, they also opened up the most southern Tatts Lott outlet in Australia, continuing their business expansion. Tassie Toners & Office Supplies is continuing to supply more gift lines, as well as introducing souvenirs into the business. Party supplies are a new line and they’re the only business in the Huon Valley that inflates helium balloons. For good old-fashioned service with a friendly smile, come on down and see Kirk and Franky at 3 Church Street, Geeveston. The most southern Tatts Lott outlet What happens at Tahune Adventures? The breathtaking Tahune Airwalk is an elevated 600 metre walkway, with the final cantilever section sitting 50 metres above the Huon River, providing stunning views to the junction of the Huon and Picton rivers and beyond to the peaks of the World Heritage area in southern Tasmania. You can easily spend a full day at Tahune Adventures by the time you wander through the trees to the Swinging Bridge Walk and Huon Pine Walk, or pause to enjoy the fresh scents of the forest. Book the Twin River rafting adventure on the Picton River or an adrenalin rush on the Eagle Hang Glider flight. Take a break from forest activities and relax in the Café and Visitor Centre, enjoying local produce, wines or hot chocolates by a woodfire. Tahune Adventures is an ideal road trip destination for the day, an easy 80minute drive from Hobart or alternatively, stay the night in the Cabin or Lodge accommodation and remember to bring the family pet! Team Tahune hopes to see you soon.
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 23 TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY COURSE DESCRIPTION Layout: 18 holes, 10 greens (separate 3rd & 12th) Scratch Rating: 67 Slope Rating: 117 Men, 123 Ladies Par: 71 long and short course 27 McKibbens Road P.O. Box 41, Geeveston TAS 7116 GeevestonGolfClub@gmail.com geevestongc.com.au H21714 11 Memorial Drive, Geeveston • (03) 6297 1105 after 3pm • firstname.lastname@example.org We support responsible gambling Come and enjoy our entertainment facilities RV camping facilities available Come and enjoy the local hospitality! CLUB OPEN DAILY From 2pm in summer and 3pm in winter H20477 If you’re looking for a well-maintained, quaint country golf course, then come to Geeveston. Geeveston Golf Club (GGC) is centrally located, 28 kilometres from the Huon Valley Golf Club to the north, and 25 kilometres from the Dover Golf Club to the south. The Geeveston area is a perfect place for golfers to stay. The GGC has been described as “an undiscovered jewel” by visitors. Due to a huge volunteer effort by club Quaint country golf course members, and abundant rainfall, the mowed undulating fairways are lush and the putting greens are like thick carpets. The GGC is located five minutes from the Geeveston town centre, amongst scenic farmlands, livestock paddocks and abundant wildlife. The golf course is open to the public, outside of scheduled competition times. Green fees are $20 per day, paid through an honesty drop-box and selfservice receipt book. The Geeveston Ex-Servicemen’s and Women’s Club extends a warm welcome to all visitors travelling throughout southern Tasmania. The facility offers unpowered sites for self-contained caravans and/or motorhomes, firepots (please provide your own wood) and toilets on site available 24 hours (code on check-in). Close to the Kermandie River, the site also has a barbecue and gazebo area available alongside the riverbank. TASkeno is available at the club, along with pool tables and a mini arcade area for both adults and family groups to enjoy. The club is open from 2pm daily (summer months) and 3pm daily (winter months). They are in close proximity/walking distance to the township, with lots of things on offer including; local IGA, post office, butcher, chemist and plenty of takeaway options. Children are welcome to the club, if accompanied by an adult. There’s a large outdoor grassed area perfect for a kick of football, cricket or a run around with family and friends. Along the outskirts of the club is a beautiful walk that can lead you to the platypus walking track close by. Dogs are also allowed and must remain on a lead at all times. Please check the Geeveston Ex Servicemen’s and Women’s Club Inc. Facebook page for more information. Visitors are more than welcome and the club looks forward to meeting you on your journey through southern Tasmania. Spend some time in Geeveston Course maps are available on the club website and as printouts near the clubhouse door.
Page 24 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 HUON VALLEY - TASMANIA H20517 The Geeveston Town Hall Visitor Centre is an important stop for visitors to the Huon Valley, the Channel and the Far South. Open seven days a week, 10am to 4pm, it is a recognisable landmark in the ABC series Rosehaven. The Geeveston Town Hall is an historical treasure and a much-loved venue for local groups, workshops, and community get-togethers, including yoga classes, art workshops, weaving and knitting. It is a fully licensed venue with a board room, spacious gallery and striking main hall for hire. The Geeveston Town Hall Visitor Centre is the venue for the popular Twilight Feast (on the first Thursday of every month), annual art shows, seasonal displays, and popup tastings of locally made food and beverage products. A knowledgeable team of local volunteers offer a warm welcome, and are ready to provide directions and information, assist with national parks passes, or share some handy tips on what to see and do. The gift shop stocks quality Huon Valley produce, local artwork and souvenirs, books, maps and handcrafts. There is a thriving arts community in the Huon Valley that the Geeveston Town Hall Visitor Centre actively promotes, and the studio workshop is home to an evolving artist-in-residence program. Named after the French mariner Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec, Kermandie is a familiar landmark on the Huon River. Kermandie was built in 1932, and for over 90 years hospitality has been provided to both locals and visitors. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The property boasts well-appointed heritage style accommodation within the original building, or motel accommodation adjacent to the main property. Kermandie is the perfect location for adventuring in the Huon Valley. The staff of Kermandie are a hidden jewel in the Huon Valley; they look forward to hosting you. Enjoy the delicious and hearty food, drink in the traditional bar, stay in the awardwinning accommodation and take in the lovely water and rural views. Visit their website, www.kermandie.com.au, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram, to see what experiences are available for your stay. Visitor information and so much more Geeveston not only has an apple variety named after it, but it is the gateway to Hartz Mountains National Park, and is a great place to stop on the way to Southport or Cockle Creek. Rosehavenfans will love the ‘behind-the-scenes’ photographic display, whilst the upstairs gallery houses the Vin Smith Collection; an interpretive display of wood turning tools and machinery that holds historical importance. There are many fine examples of early treadle machines, pedal-operated saws, spindle moulders and scroll saws. Visitors can also learn about the rare Huon Pine and the adored platypus population that call Geeveston home. Make sure to include the Geeveston Town Hall Visitor Centre on your road trip south. Kermandie, your river destination in the Huon Valley
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 25 TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY Award winning accommodation Excellent locally sourced menu and extensive wine list Stunning views over the Huon River Make us your home while you adventure in the pristine Huon Valley www.kermandie.com.au Open 7 days for Lunch and Dinner 4512 - 4518 Huon Highway, Port Huon, Tasmania | (03) 6297 1052H16962 H20527
Page 26 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 HUON VALLEY - TASMANIA PORT HUON COTTAGES Self Contained Accommodation in the Huon Valley with fantastic views over the Huon River & Hartz Mountains www.porthuoncottages.com.au | 4396 Huon Highway, Port Huon, 7116 | P: (03) 6297 1060 | E: email@example.com H21863 Port Huon TRADING POST 4478 Huon Highway, Port Huon Weekdays: 5am to 5pm Saturday: 8am to 3.30pm Sunday: 9am to 3.30pm (03) 6297 1495 Open every day! • Friendly, family owned business • Eat in or take away • Best big breakie south of Hobart! • Homemade baked goods • Great coffee • Indoor/Outdoor dining • Award winning, homemade pies H21713 The Port Huon Trading Post, located in the heart of the Huon Valley, is a small, family-owned business which has been operating for the past 13 years. They have a large range of delicious Relax and unwind with fantastic views over the Huon River and Hartz Mountains at the Port Huon Cottages. Port Huon Cottages provides selfcontained accommodation in the heart of the Huon Valley. They are centrally located to access all the major attractions that the Huon Valley has to offer, including the Tahune Airwalk, Hartz Mountains National Park, Hastings Caves, bushwalks and wineries. The cottages are self-contained with their own barbecue and balcony, with stunning views over the Huon River and Hartz Mountains. Accommodation options include one and two-bedroom cottages, as well Award-winning delicious food foods from homemade pies, fresh fish and Nanna’s home cooked meals, to apple cakes and trifles. Fresh salads and salad rolls are available to order. They have a variety of different food, enabling them to cater for everyone’s requirements. Awarded for their homemade cakes, pastries, pies and sausage rolls, the Port Huon Trading Post is wellknown in the Huon Valley for their famous homemade scallop pies, which have people coming from all around Australia to buy them. Fantastic views over the bay and mountains as a spa cottage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org call (03) 6297 1060, or visit their website www.porthuoncottages.com.au Their all-day big breakfast is talked about as well. Pop in and try some of their delicious food and meet the lovely staff!
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 27 TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY H21711 3437 Huon Highway, Franklin 0488 005 741 email@example.com Boat Reflections Accommodation Franklin boatreflectionsaccommodations.com.au EstablishedMarch2022 35 self-contained rooms, 3 QS + 1 QS and double fold out, with a kitchenette, with 3 having a private verandah offering parkland water views 3Free off-street parking 3Walking distance to the Huon River, pubs and eateries Situated in the historic township of Franklin in southern Tasmania, nestled between rolling green hills and the Huon River. Discover the breathtaking Huon River by boat! Luxurious year-round cruises on the stunning Huon River, just 40 minutes from the vibrant city of Hobart. Serenity awaits. H21884 BOOK ONLINE TODAY! HuonRiverCruises.com.au 0422 958 213 Castle Forbes Bay, Tasmania firstname.lastname@example.org HUON RIVER CRUISES After spending two years living and cruising the east coast of Australia on their 36-foot yacht, this expanding family moved to Franklin to learn the art of wooden boat building and combine the love of boating and working with wood. Little did they know there was soon to be an opportunity to start their dream business ‘Huon River Cruises’ in a location that had captured their hearts with its stunning natural beauty, rich history and amazing local community. LaDrone, a 75-year-old luxury wooden motor cruiser is the perfect enclosed vessel for the all-weather morning and afternoon river cruises on offer. Serving locally produced food and beverages, there is no better way to see the Huon River. For the chance to get out on the water and experience what this beautiful part of the world is all about, visit huonrivercruises.com.au to secure a seat now. Boat Reflections Accommodation is situated in Franklin, southern Tasmania, an historic township settled in the early 1800s, nestled between rolling green hills and the calm waters of the Huon River. Completed in March 2022, the accommodation consists of five selfcontained rooms, three of which have their own private verandah overlooking parkland and the beautiful Huon River, with its ever-changing reflections. Your host, Scott Smith, is a direct descendant of Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aboriginal, who was born in December 1834 and considered to be the last fluent speaker of the Flinders Island lingua. Designed to be sympathetic to the heritage values of the town, Boat Reflections Accommodation is the perfect location to base your holiday while you explore the Far South and enjoy the beauty on offer around every corner. Huon River Cruising aboard LaDrone River views in Franklin
Page 28 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 HUON VALLEY - TASMANIA ON MAIN 3420a (rear property) Huon Highway, Franklin 7113 email@example.com Cottage 0410 663 040 www.cottageonmain.com H21818 (03) 6266 3151 • 3402 HUON HIGHWAY, FRANKLIN, TAS, 7113 H21826 FRANKLIN POST OFFICE EST. 1853 Opposite the Huon River, in the centre of Franklin, sits Cinnamon and Cherry Café. With access to a bounty of fresh herbs and greens, fruits, nuts and vegetables, direct from the kitchen garden, Cinnamon and Cherry creates a variety of Turkish-inspired dips, mezes, güveç and baked dishes, pastries, sweets and more. Fruit, fruit juice, eggs, meat, dairy and even tea, all Tasmaniansourced, are key to creating the fresh, vibrant flavours of Cinnamon and Cherry, with all-day breakfast options and vegan and gluten free included. Valley-roasted Beansmith coffee for your espresso hit, whilst Turkish Kahve, Ihlamur (linden tea), Sahlep and fruity Gazoz all add to the tastes from Turkey. A light, clean spacious cafe with a river view, including dogfriendly outdoor seating when the weather permits. The full menu is available as takeaway. Cinnamon and Cherry cottages were added as accommodation in Spring 2022, created with the same ethos as the cafe. For current opening hours and updates please check Cinnamon and Cherry Facebook/Instagram or Google or call 0419 410 845. Franklin’s historic post office was established in 1853 and is still going strong. The post office offers all mail and parcel services, banking, bill paying, foreign money, newspapers, phone recharges and gifts. Additionally, under the same roof are other businesses, including Franklin Haircuts - a hair and beauty salon, and Franklin Café specialising in beautifully roasted coffee and homemade goodies, including scallop pies. Everyone is invited to come in for a chat, coffee and cake, a haircut/colour or just to browse. “We look forward to meeting you and helping to ensure that you have a wonderful visit to the Huon Valley,” said Sarah, Franklin’s post mistress. Everything under one roof in Franklin Cinnamon and Cherry
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 29 TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY Cinnamon and Cherry Turkish Tasmanian Café and Accommodation 3416 Huon Highway, Franklin Tasmania Phone 0419 410 845 H21712 H21808 Aqua Grill 3419 Huon Hwy, Franklin • P: (03) 6266 3682 E: firstname.lastname@example.org CAFE FRANKLIN Discover a taste of Tasmania at Café Franklin H21819 Treat yourself and your four-legged friends to a memorable experience! • Specialty Tasmanian scallop pies • Danishes and pastries • Best coffee in town • Pet-friendly • Outside dining area available Visit Café Franklin today and savour the true essence of the best Tasmania offers Follow the tea cup – You will find us in the Franklin Post Office Catering available Phone orders and reservations welcomed Marcus 0410 746 212 email@example.com Immerse yourself in the flavours of Café Franklin’s specialty Tasmanian scallop pies and indulge in the bliss of the Danishes and pastries that melt in your mouth. But that’s not all – Café Franklin takes pride in serving the best coffee in town, ensuring every sip is a moment of pure delight. Join them for an unforgettable culinary experience where every bite tells a story, and every cup of coffee warms your soul. Café Franklin’s pet-friendly atmosphere allows you to enjoy your dining experience alongside your beloved companions. And for those who love to bask in the great outdoors, the outside dining area offers a perfect setting to settle into this relaxed, comfortable space while sharing a cuppa with friends. Treat yourself and your four-legged friends to a memorable experience that combines delicious flavours and the joy of togetherness. Visit Café Franklin today and savour the true essence of the best Tasmania offers. Follow the tea cup – you will find them in the post office. Phone orders and reservations are welcomed. Catering is available, phone Marcus 0410 746 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Aqua Grill, Franklin Discover a taste of Tasmania at Café Franklin
Page 30 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 HUON VALLEY - TASMANIA H20540 The Wooden Boat Centre (03) 6266 3586 • 3333 Huon Highway, Franklin www.woodenboatcentre.com Come and take a tour of our workshop or take a short in-house course Fourth Sunday of the month (Sept to May) From 10am - 2pm Local produce, arts and crafts, food vans, music Held at the historic Franklin Palais Theatre Enquiries Skye 0477 805 973 H21790 The Franklin Market is held from September to May, on the fourth Sunday of the month, from 10am to 2pm. Held at the historic Palais Theatre in Franklin, this market offers a diverse array of artisan stalls, selling both local and Tasmanian products. Stalls include jewellery, plants, woodwork, photography, clothes, candles, baked goods, jams and sauces, local honey, crafts and produce. An array of delicious food vendors caters for all needs, from savoury to sweet, with plenty of seating available. There is a dedicated space for children to play, and a playground in close proximity. The Palais Collective shop is also open, selling local produce, arts and crafts. Enjoy a day out in Franklin; after the market, stroll along the banks of the Huon River, discover Franklin’s history walk, the Wooden Boat Centre and local cafés. For more information, contact Skye on 0477 805 973. The Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin is located on the banks of the mighty Huon River where wooden boats have been built for the last 154 years and the area is rich in maritime history and heritage. Look for a flotilla of wooden boats of all shapes and sizes and you’ve found the Wooden Boat Centre where, for the last 32 years, traditional craft have been created from unique and exotic Tasmanian timbers. Come and take a tour with their staff and get a glimpse into the day-to-day workings of the only traditional wooden boat school left in Australia. Touch and smell the beautiful Huon Pine timber and watch the magic weaved by the shipwrights and students as they build these beautiful vessels. Their passionate volunteer guides will lead you on a journey of discovery and let you experience the craftsmanship involved in building these beautiful, but practical works of art. On your way out, browse in the gift shop and find a special gift made by local artisans and the centre’s own volunteers. Flotilla of wooden boats The Franklin Market at the historic Palais
Pristine South Tasmania 2024 | Page 31 TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY H20499 HERITAGE ORCHARD TOURS Sunday and Monday from December to April Advanced bookings please $27 per adult Children under 18 free Large groups any day all year Phone Naomie 0438 663 525 5 Frank’s Cider House and Café is located in the historic town of Franklin. It is the cellar door of multi award winning Frank’s Cider and offers a lunch menu featuring fresh and seasonal Huon Valley produce. Frank’s is a family-run business, and fifth-generation orchardist, Naomie, runs the apple and pear orchard, as well as growing beef and vegetables for the café. Naomie offers tours of the heritage ‘Woodside’ property, just up the road, telling the story of generations of the apple industry in the Huon Valley. There is a small museum attached to the heritage building, with many photos of years gone by. Sip a sparkling cider or coffee, while you surround yourself in the history of this iconic Huon Valley town and its pioneers. Tasmanian cider story set in Franklin Cottage on Main is a friendly boutique, private studio Bed and Breakfast situated in the beautiful historical town of Franklin, nestled in the rolling hills of the Huon Valley. The studio offers a queen size bed with ensuite, air conditioning and heating, smart TV, Wi-Fi, kitchenette, bathrobes and a variety of coffee and teas. With beautiful views of the Huon River, and proximity to several restaurants, your stay is further enhanced by being accessible to the many tourist attractions that the Huon Valley is famous for. With Judi as your host, you are assured of a warm welcome in a relaxing environment, which has won numerous tourist awards over the past 20 years. Along with the complimentary Port on arrival, there are two bicycles for use to explore the surrounding trails on the foreshore. Cottage on Main is located 45 minutes south of Hobart, and you can reach Judi directly on 0410 663 040 to experience her warm hospitality. Cottage on Main
Page 32 | Pristine South Tasmania 2024 HUON VALLEY - TASMANIA 253 Swamp Road, Franklin. (03) 6266 3341 email@example.com www.whisperingspirit.com.au • Unique straw bale house, with spa and two bedrooms plus cosy one bedroom cottage • Tiny retreat container home • Close to all attractions in the south • Farmstay, children welcome • Fully self-contained in beautiful quiet surroundings H20123 Home grown and homemade! Whispering Spirit Holiday Cottages and Miniature Pony Stud Whispering Spirit Holiday Cottages and Miniature Pony Stud is a fully self contained retreat with valley views and secluded gardens. It has a straw bale cottage with two double bedrooms and ensuites, including a luxury spa bath, as well as a country kitchen and a spacious living area with a wood heater, sleeping up to five people, for couples and families. There is also a one-bedroom cosy cottage for up to three people. A new addition is a Tiny Retreat container home for one or two people, with a queen bed, bathroom, kitchen and living and large, private deck with a barbecue and stunning views. Watch the foals play in the paddock, go for walks over the farm and enjoy the wildlife at night. Visit the farm produce shop and check out the organic fruits and produce, all home-grown and homemade. Whispering Spirit runs on organic principles and environmentally friendly practices. The location offers a good base to experience all attractions in the south, with discount rates available for longer stays. Whispering Spirit Holiday Cottages Huon River, Franklin. Photography by: Terina Knight