Apples are the Huon Valley’s bread and butter, so to speak. A drive through this pretty place will reward you with bounty from whimsical roadside stalls, with farm fresh apples, pears and seasonal cherries available. While this region of rolling hills and sprawling orchards stays true to its heritage, it also offers a wealth of other riches. Read on for our tips on where to find a few pearls, including local cider bars, quality farm experiences, beautiful boats, and spectacular wilderness activities.
Feel the love on the cider trail
If apples are the golden heart of the region, then there’s a lot of love in every refreshing sip of the Huon Valley’s local cider. Don’t miss the green pastures of Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, a large rustic barn where you can sip their refreshing cider and enjoy a tasty meal made with local and regional produce. You can also take a 20 minute self-guided tour of their Apple Museum for a dose of history. Frank’s Cider Bar & Café is another goodie, located in the former St John’s Church Hall (built in the 1870s) at scenic Franklin. The cider’s namesake, Frank Clark, planted many of the trees that are still harvested for cider today. The museum covers history dating back to the 1830s, and showcases historical treasures such as Lady Jane Franklin’s piano. You might also be served in the bar and café by living history – fifth and sixth generation Clark family members!
For more info, see: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed | Frank’s Cider Bar & Café
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Explore the sparkling Huon River from a heritage sailing boat or an exhilarating jet boat
Visit the scenic town of Franklin and learn about the specialist craft of wooden boat building at the Wooden Boat Centre. To sail away, book a tour on the traditional ketch Yukon, which has been beautifully restored and now offers two daily cruises on the tranquil Huon River. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, check out Huon River Jet Boats at Huonville and feel the rush of speeding through rapids and spinning 360 degrees! It’s got us all excited!
For more info, see: Wooden Boat Centre | Yukon Sailing Tours | Huon River Jet Boats
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Get up close and personal with a celebrity at Fat Pig Farm
Fat Pig Farm is a little bit famous, as it’s home to Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans and his partner Sadie Chrestman. Visit them for a tour of their mixed-produce farm and a special meal at their long table, with dishes made from farm fare and other local bounty and accompanied by Tasmanian wine. They also have a cookery school if you’re interested in learning some tips and tricks (plus you’ll get to eat to food that you harvest and cook).
For more info, see: Fat Pig Farm | #SouthernTroveMeet
Walk among the treetops at the Tahune Forest AirWalk
Embark upon an adventure through the treetops at the Tahune AirWalk and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views! Breathe in that clean, green, fresh air as you explore the forest from the perspective of its giant trees. You can also zip across the Huon River strapped into the Cable Eagle hang glider, become (mostly) grounded again with the Swing Bridges and Huon Pine walking loop, and satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst with some local and regional produce in the café. Your visit will make memories that the whole family will treasure for years to come.
For more info, see: Tahune AirWalk | Tahune Forest AirWalk & Visitor Centre
Images: Kathryn Leahy | Brodie Emery | Graham Freeman | Liz
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