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Autumn is a magical time in the Southern Trove, so get out and experience the season’s enchantment. Admire the rows of golden poplars, rusty red orchards, and colourful gardens jazzing up the Huon Valley and Channel regions.

As an added incentive, there are some fantastic events on during autumn. We’ve listed some goodies for your calendar.

Special Events

1. Alchemy – Guitar Duets from Around the World

When: Friday, 1 March (Franklin, 7:00pm) & Sunday 3 March (Kettering, 3:00pm)
Where: Palais Theatre & Kettering Community Hall
Tickets: $5 – $20 (pay at events)

Talented guitar duo Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi will take you on a little musical ‘world tour’. Enjoy some of the finest music written/arranged for guitar duet, with masterpieces from France, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, USA, and Australia.

2. Huon Art Awards Exhibition

When: Friday, 1 March (opening night 6:30pm) – Sunday, 17 March (10:00am – 4:00pm daily)
Where: Cygnet Town Hall
Entry: Free

The Huon Art Awards Exhibition opens on Friday, 1 March at 6:30pm. The exhibition runs for two weeks, so pop in and admire the artwork. The Huon Art Exhibitions Group is a community organisation run by local artists and community members who encourage and promote artists of all ages and abilities.

3. A Taste of the Huon

When: Sunday, 10 March (10:00am – 5:00pm) & Monday, 11 March (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Where: Ranelagh Showground
Tickets: Adults $12, children $6, family pass $30 (day entry)

A Taste of the Huon is now in its 27th year, and is a favourite regional event for good reason! Head along and enjoy an awesome celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel regions.

4. FunnieS at Frank’s – Clare Hooper

When: Thursday, 21 March (doors open at 6:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm)
Where: Franks Cider House & Cafe, Franklin
Tickets: $23 online, $25 at the door (if not sold out)

The first FunnieS at Frank’s for 2019 stars the wonderful Claire Hooper (you might have seen her on The Great Australian Bake Off, Good News Week, Stand Up Australia, Rove Live, and much more). Expect adult concepts, rudeness, some swearing, and other funny business. Frank’s amazing food, cider and other drinks will be available (it’s a good idea to book for dinner).

5. Huon Aquaculture Wheels in the Park

When: Sunday, 24 March (11:00am – 2:00pm)
Where: Heritage Park, Geeveston
Entry: Gold coin donation (proceeds go towards local community groups)

Admire over 300 vehicles—all vying for trophies and glory—at Geeveston’s Huon Aquaculture Wheels in the Park Car & Bike Show. Food and drinks will be available on the day.

6. Fat Pig Farm Afloat

When: Saturday, 30 March & Saturday, 6 April
Where: On board Yukon, depart/return Franklin Marina
Tickets: $180 per person

Yukon’s crew and the team from Fat Pig Farm join forces to bring you a special experience in picturesque surrounds. Enjoy the delicious artisan produce of Southern Tasmania while cruising the majestic Huon River. Talk all things food and farm with Fat Pig Farm’s staff, help hoist the square sail, or even take a turn at the tiller.

7. Huon Small Farms Expo

When: Sunday, 31 March (10:00am – 3:00pm)
Where: Huon Showgrounds, Ranelagh
Entry: Gold coin donation

Find out what it means to be a small farmer at the Huon Small Farms Expo. This year’s theme is ‘Small Farms – Working Together’. There will be fantastic speakers and demonstrations, stalls with local produce, livestock suitable for small farms, and a tasty array of local artisan food.

8. Huon Tasmanian Salmon Dover Regatta

When: Friday, 19 April – Sunday, 21 April
Where: Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover
Entry: Free to watch, fees to enter

The Port Esperance Easter Regatta is always a great event. There are three series of races: for racing keelboats, for cruising keelboats, and for off-the-beach yachts. Enjoy a welcome BBQ on the Friday evening, a spit roast on Saturday evening with live music by Full Tilt Boogie, and a curry night and presentations on the Sunday.

9. Dover Seafest

When: Saturday, 20 April (10:00am – 3:00pm)
Where: Dover Esplanade, Kent Beach
Entry: Free

Dover Seafest runs alongside the Port Esperance Regatta and is all about the sea! Get among the cool kids’ activities, food stalls, makers and growers market, live music, and Dover Regatta events.

10. Handmade in Cygnet Open Studio Art Trail

When: Sunday, 21 April & Monday, 22 April (10:00am – 4:00pm daily)
Where: Cygnet & surrounds
Entry: Free

On Easter Sunday and Monday, local artists and makers open their studios and workshops to the public. Collect your trail map brochure from the Art Trail Information Centre at the Town Hall and head out to meet the area’s talented creatives.

Regular Fun

There is lots to do in the Huon, with regular tours, markets, music, feasts, movie nights, and more.


If you love boats, check out: Huon River Jet Boats’ thrilling tours from Huonville; the daily scenic cruise aboard the Yukon (from 3 March 2019); and the daily guided tours of Franklin’s Wooden Boat Centre. If you’re curious about the area’s history—or want travel tips from the locals—pop into the Geeveston Visitor Centre. In the Far South, the guided tour at Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs is a fascinating adventure.


The region’s regular markets are a great opportunity to meet the local makers, growers and producers. A few of our tips include: Willie Smith’s Artisan & Produce Market (every Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm); Franklin’s Palais Collective Market (every Friday, Saturday & Sunday between 10am and 3pm); the Cygnet Market (the first and third Sunday of the month from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Town Hall); and the Judbury Community Market (second Sunday of the month at the Community Hall). To find out what else is on, see our Events Calendar.


Visit Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for tasty food and cider with live music. The Shed hosts regular Friday night gigs and Sunday sessions on the first Sunday of the month. They also have a range of other cider, food and community based shindigs on the calendar (check their website for upcoming events).


There are loads of amazing cafes, restaurants, wineries, cider houses, and farm gates in the Southern Trove. Some of our tips include: the Friday Feast at Fat Pig Farm (they also have a Special Events Program); the Sunday Roast at Ranelagh General Store; and the Geeveston Twilight Feast (5pm, first Thursday of the month, at the Geeveston Visitor Centre).


On the first Sunday of the month, catch a classic movie at Franklin’s Palais Theatre. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:15pm start.

For accommodation tips, see Where to Stay.

We love it when you share your adventures with us. Tag @southerntrovetasmania and use #SouthernTroveTasmania and we’ll share some of our favourite photos on FacebookInstagram and in our Blog.

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Franklin | @georgieheartmedia/Instagram

Isabel Galloway