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Are you keen for adventure? Head to Tasmania’s beautiful Huon Valley and pristine Far South, a short and scenic drive south from Hobart (most places can be reached within 30 minutes to 2 hours). We recommend staying awhile to give yourself time to explore, adventure, and relax. These 50 ideas should help get you started!

1. Stop in at the Huon Valley Visitor Centre at Huonville for all your travel needs.

2. On your journey to the Far South, explore the towns of Huonville, Geeveston, Franklin, Dover and Southport.

3. Get your thrills on the Huon River (and soak up the scenery) with Huon River Jet Boats.

4. Join Huon Valley Horsetrekking for a fun horseback adventure.

5. Go hiking in the Hartz Mountains National Park (keep an eye out for wildlife).

6. Tour the cider trail—hit up Pagan Cider, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, and Frank’s Cider House & Cafe (also peruse the onsite museums at Willie Smith’s and Frank’s).

7. Enjoy a Huon River calm water cruise onboard traditional ketch the Yukon (departs from Franklin).

8. Learn about the heritage craft of wooden boat building at the Tasmanian Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.

9. Check out what’s on at Franklin’s historic Palais Theatre (c. 1911).

10. Have a BBQ and enjoy some outside time at the local parks and reserves (try Glen Huon Park, Cradoc Park, the Franklin Foreshore, the Shipwrights Point Recreation Area, Heritage Park, the Dover Foreshore, and Burtons Reserve).

11. Visit the local galleries and studios to meet the artists and pick up beautiful handcrafted treasures.

12. Get up close and personal with friendly Highland cattle on the Highland Getaway ATV Farm Tour Safari.

13. Book yourself into a cooking class at The Farmhouse Kitchen or Fat Pig Farm (or just do the Friday Feast and enjoy the spoils without the sweat).

14. Stop at roadside stalls and farmgates for the freshest local produce. Be sure to stop in at the Honey Pot and pick up some local Tasmanian honey.

15. Search for treasure at the local markets.

16. Sample the exquisite tastes of the Trove at the delightful local eateries.

17. Tour the region’s wineries, including Home Hill Winery & RestaurantTwo Bud Spur Vineyard, Kate Hill Wines, and Elsewhere Vineyard (Beyond the Farm Gate Tours offer a wine and cider tour).

18. Picnic by the Huon River at Huonville.

19. Embark upon a cycling adventure along scenic country roads.

20. Explore the Mount Misery Walk and Nature Reserve.

21. Tour the Charles Oates Distillery (located at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed) and taste their fine apple brandy.

22. Pick up a bottle of Evoke, the world’s first sassafras spirit, from Bakehouse Distillery in the Far South.

23. Rise early and enjoy a magical sunrise over the water at any of the beaches along the east coast.

24. Chase waterfalls—our tips include Pelverata Falls, Billy Brown Falls, Arve Falls, and Adamsons Falls.

25. Pop into the Geeveston Visitor Centre to watch a woodturner at work, learn about the region’s rich heritage, and meet the Augmented Reality Huon Platypus.

26. Stroll through Heritage Park and search for a real platypus along the Geeveston Platypus Walk.

27. Find the wooden carvings at Geeveston and learn about the notable residents immortalised in sculpture form.

28. Let your dog burn off some energy in the fenced dog exercise area at Heritage Park, Geeveston.

29. Find The Aftermath Dislocation Principle and see the aftermath of a riot in miniature (at Dover during November, then touring other towns). Check Project X for updates on Hrafn: Conversations with Odin and other special projects.

30. Try and spot the Rosehaven filming locations around Geeveston and enjoy a drink at the Rosehaven pub (aka the Longley Hotel).

31. Cast a line out at one of the many jetties or beaches or go fly fishing for sea trout, wild rainbow and brown trout along the Huon River.

32. Enjoy a leisurely cruise around Dover‘s Port Esperance Bay with Peninsula Cruising.

33. Discover Tasmania’s Far South through the lens of heritage and art at the Dover Museum & Gallery.

34. Visit Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs to tour the impressive dolomite cave, swim in the naturally heated pool, and explore the forest walks.

35. Follow a late 19th-century sawmill tramway to Duckhole Lake (a flooded sinkhole).

36. Relax on the secluded beaches dotted down the southeast coastline.

37. Go surfing at Dover‘s Big Roaring Beach or carry your board along the track to South Cape Bay (Parks Pass required).

38. Go diving and explore the giant kelp forests of the Southern Ocean. Search for handfish and the weedy sea-dragon.

39. Choose a special keepsake from Lunaris Gemstones.

40. Gaze out across the water at Southport from your own private infinity-edge hot tub at The Shackeau.

41. Head out on a relaxing kayaking tour with Esperance Adventures or tackle a challenging multi-day trip into Southwest National Park with Roaring 40s Kayaking.

42. Take advantage of peaceful spots away from bright city lights to stargaze and chase the aurora australis (when it’s been forecast, look south to the horizon).

43. Drive to the end of the southern-most road in Australia, find the whale sculpture, walk to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station Ruins, and camp at Cockle Creek.

44. Explore the old graveyard at Cockle Creek and imagine a time when 2,000 early settlers—including sealers, whalers and convicts—called the township home.

45. Walk the South Cape Bay Track or tackle the epic multi-day South Coast Track in the Southwest National Park.

46. Charter a boat and discover the remote Southwest National Park (try Tasmanian Boat Charters, SailTas, or Hobart Yachts).

47. Join Par Avion on a scenic flight to Melaleuca, learn about the critically endangered orange-bellied parrots, and learn a thing or two on the Needwonnee Aboriginal interpretive walk.

48. Go wildlife watching (don’t forget the camera).

49. Check out the mining and rail relics along the Mystery Creek Cave Track near Ida Bay and see if you can spot any glowworms (experienced, well-prepared cavers only past the initial cave entrance).

50. Plan your trip around upcoming events and festivals.


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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Isabel Galloway