There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road for an adventure! The Channel is a stunning spot for a drive, with its tranquil waters and rolling hills the perfect backdrop. There are some beautiful spots dotted down the coast, perfect for a picnic or lazy lunch. Discover quiet little beaches, browse local arts and crafts, visit cosy cafes and experience a warm welcome at the local farms. Go for an energetic, action-packed day of adventure, or spend a few days digging deeper for the Channel’s hidden delights. What are you waiting for? Get a posse together and head south!
Taroona, Kingston, Howden and Tinderbox
Head south from Hobart and wind your way down the coastline through leafy Taroona. Stop at the distinctive 48 metre-tall shot tower, which was built in 1870 for the purpose of producing lead shot. As the only remaining circular sandstone shot tower anywhere in the world, this historic treasure is unique (and offers spectacular views from the top). Continue on to the popular suburb of Kingston, where you might like to pop into the Southern Lights Hotel for refreshments, or take a walk along Kingston Beach. Snake through Blackmans Bay towards Howden, and visit the charming Villa Howden (we highly recommend their high tea). If it’s warm enough and you love the water, nip down to Tinderbox Marine Reserve, perhaps go for a snorkel and see what sea treasures catch your eye!
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Margate, Snug, Coningham and Kettering
At Margate, go for a stroll at scenic Dru Point. If you like bushwalking, stop at Snug and walk through the forest to the impressive Snug Falls. The walk takes around an hour return, and you can even take your dog! A cute idea is to stop at tranquil Coningham Beach for a picnic (the boat sheds are adorable). Continue on towards the charming seaside town of Kettering, the gateway to Bruny Island and home to the Raptor Refuge. Wander around the marina, grab a coffee at Mermaid Cafe and admire the boats and the scenery.
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Woodbridge, Birchs Bay and Flowerpot
At Woodbridge, enjoy a meal at the Peppermint Bay Restaurant, which showcases local Tasmanian produce. You might also like to pop into Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio and Gardens for a look. If you feel like a drink, visit the lovely Hartzview Vineyard (unearth some history on the walk to the Heritage Pickers Huts). At Birchs Bay, enjoy a tasting platter at Grandvewe Cheeses and take in the amazing views across the paddocks towards the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Pepperberries Garden Cafe and Art Farm is also a beautiful place to spend some time (the sculpture trail is a fantastic experience). The gorgeous little town of Flowerpot lives up to its name, so stop at a roadside stall and pick up some fresh flowers to take home.
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Where to next?
There’s so much to do in the Channel, you could easily spend a relaxing night or two (or even a week) unwinding and indulging. When you’re ready to continue your Southern Trove adventure, head across to Bruny Island from Kettering or continue on towards the artsy town of Cygnet and the Huon Valley.
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