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!
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.
7. Enjoy a Huon River calm water cruise onboard traditional ketch the Yukon (departs from 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.
15. Search for treasure at the local markets.
16. Sample the exquisite tastes of the Trove at the delightful local eateries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Download the Huon Valley app: it’s your own pocket-sized travel guide.
- Pop into the Huon Valley Visitor Centre at Huonville or the Geeveston Visitor Centre for a chat with the friendly locals, insider travel tips, and assistance with bookings.
- Browse things to do, where to stay, eat and drink, upcoming events and our blog.
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