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Discover many talented artists and artisan producers flourishing in the Southern Trove’s creative communities. Visitors are invited to get up close and personal with the makers and growers and learn behind-the-scenes secrets.

It doesn’t get fresher than touring a local farm and gathering fresh produce from the garden to cook up a feast. Alternatively, pop by the local farmgates, eateries, distilleries, and wineries and buy your favourite things to take away and enjoy. Visit the local galleries and studios to meet the artists and pick up a unique keepsake or special gift. You might even feel inspired to try your hand at creating something beautiful of your own (and perhaps discover a hidden talent).

We’ve put together a guide on some of the best things to do in Southern Tasmania for foodies, art enthusiasts and creative types. Before you head off on your adventure, download the Huon Valley app.


Get your hands dirty

Go on, have a taste of country life. Try your hand at farming, distilling, brewing, fishing, and crafting.

On the farm

Fat Pig Farm in the Huon Valley is home to Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans and Sadie Chestman. Their cookery school is a hands-on workshop experience, run over one or two days. Visit the pigs and raid the garden, then haul the bounty back to the kitchen to cook it all up. The best bit? Sharing the produce at one of their signature feasts! Fat Pig Farm also host weekly long table lunches, aka Friday Feasts, and team up with Yukon Tours for Fat Pig Farm Afloat.

The Farmhouse Kitchen cooking school takes you on a culinary journey through Puglia in southern Italy—from a bright, home-style kitchen in the hills of Wattle Grove. Join a small and personal Masterclass or Mini Class to learn famous (and secret) recipes as taught in Italy for generations: by sharing stories, flavours, methods and laughter around the kitchen table.

Visit Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery at Birchs Bay to meet ‘the girls’ (you can even pat the adorable little lambs during summer), watch the daily sheep milking demonstration (3pm, October to March), tour Hartshorn Distillery (they draw every sheep whey gin and vodka bottle label by hand), and taste the yummy range of sheep milk products in the cafe.

Book a farm tour at Highland Getaway at Ranelagh to walk amongst the friendly highland cattle and feed the silky chickens and alpacas. Highland cows are gentle giants and there are lots of opportunities for photos. After the ATV farm tour, enjoy refreshments back at the homestead. Highland Getaway also offer luxury farmstay accommodation so you can really live the country life.

From the orchard & vineyard

The Charles Oates Distillery (located at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed) produce unique small batch apple spirits in a copper Alembic Charentais still named Antoinette. Join the distillery tour to learn about the distilling process and taste the goods, including the unaged Blanco Apple Spirit and several expressions of Fine Apple Brandy. There is also a premium experience available by appointment, which includes a guided tasting with matched food. Oh, and Charles Oates was a convict⁠—ask for the story!

Beyond The Farm Gate Tours offer door to door service on their intimate wine and cider tour of the Huon Valley.

Fish for your supper

From the farm to the sea, take your pick of the Southern Trove’s many beaches and jetties and cast a line out. If you’d like some guidance, Tassie Beach Fishing Tours offer guided land-based fishing experiences on the pristine beaches of Bruny Island and the southeast coast. The experience is suitable for beginners through to competent fishers and all gear is supplied.

Art & Craft

The Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin have a range of boat building courses on throughout the year. Learn this heritage craft and feel the satisfaction of building something with your own two hands. If you’d like to get out on the water, Yukon Tours next door will let you help hoist the sail and be an active participant on your sailing tour.

See bespoke ceramic pieces being made at Campo de Flori in the studio next to the farmgate. If you’d like to try your hand at ceramics, they offer special events and workshops between August and March. If you’re wanting to try your hand at making something yourself, Phoenix Creations have hand-carved wooden spoons and run workshops for visitors.


Treasure hunter

If you’d prefer to buy produce ready to eat and art already created by professionals, you’re in the right place. Like a magpie collecting shiny objects, work your way through the Southern Trove collecting beautiful handcrafted treasures. If you’re short on time, the Huon Valley Visitor Centre in Huonville and the Geeveston Visitor Centre sell a range of boutique goodies, including food, art and craft.

Food & drink

Leisurely tour the local eateries and pick up treats for a feast back at your accommodation (remember to take advantage of the Project X offer). Cider lovers will be in heaven, with tastings and purchases available at Pagan Cider, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, and Frank’s Cider House & Cafe in the Huon Valley, as well as Bruny Island Cider.

If you’re fond of a tipple, pick up a bottle of the world’s first sassafras spirit, Evoke, from the Bakehouse Distillery. You’ll find another first at Hartshorn Distillery—unique small-batch vodka and gin made with sheep’s whey (the distillery is located at Grandvewe Cheeses, so you can also purchase some delicious sheep cheeses). Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co. are also onto a winning beverage/cheese combination. Swing by the Tas-Saff farm gate for saffron gin and saffron tea tastings. Whisky lovers, visit the Tasmanian House of Whisky on Bruny Island.

Taste your way around the region’s award-winning vineyards and purchase your favourite bottles to take away. Local wineries include: Elsewhere Vineyard & Farm, Kate Hill Wines, Home Hill Winery & Restaurant, Two Bud Spur Vineyard, Hartzview Vineyard (also offering fruit liqueurs and other delights), and Bruny Island Premium Wines, Bar & Grill.

Browse the goodies at Billy Hill Organic Store, Ranelagh General Store, and Unpacked in Kingston. Visit The Honey Pot on Bruny Island or Huonville for tastings and sales of Bruny Island Honey, plus a live beehive display, honey treats, and Manuka and beeswax skincare products.

Visit the farmgate shop at Campo de Flori to taste and buy their lavender tea, award-winning saffron products, culinary lavender, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For berries, visit Tru-Blu Berries & Tassie Blue Berries or Bruny Island Berry Farm. For fresh oysters, swing by Get Shucked‘s oyster drive through on Bruny Island (or relax and eat in). Keep an eye out for Tas Salmon products (sold at the local visitor centres).

Harvest & Light is a small-batch picklery, preserving the best of local, seasonal fruit and vegetables (enjoy a grazing tasting platter then purchase your favourites to take home). Pick up some deliciously sweet and wholesome treats from the Cygnet Old Bank or the Geeveston Old Bank. Our tip? Stay to eat and then pick up goodies to take home. Their menus are different, divine and must be tasted to be believed!

One final tip for your tastebuds—keep an eye out for roadside stalls and honesty boxes selling fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, jams, and other seasonal goodies. They are definitely worth the stop!

Galleries & Studios

Visit the galleries and studios to meet talented artists and choose a special keepsake. Multi-talented Harvest & Light is a photo gallery as well as small-batch picklery and coffee shop, with the gallery at Geeveston showcasing both local landscapes and macro photographic artwork. Nearby, Makers on Church St sells beautiful Tasmanian woodcraft and handcrafts, including Tasmanian timber furniture and wood turned items, clothing and accessories, teddy bears and signs, cards, jewellery, knitting, crochet, and more. You can watch an actual woodturner at work at the Geeveston Visitor Centre & Museum.

Campo de Flori at Glen Huon is both a farm and an artisan ceramic studio, bundling the sensory pleasures of the rare spice saffron, fragrant lavender, and olives with bespoke ceramics. See ceramic pieces being made in the studio next to the farmgate and purchase something special.

Lovett Gallery Cygnet is operated by the Huon Art Exhibitions Group (HAEG), who present a major annual exhibition (The Huon Art Awards) as well as mini-exhibitions for member artists. Works are constantly changing and include paintings in all genres, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewellery. Another beautiful gallery to visit at Cygnet is Stanley’s Studio & Gallery. View and purchase the art of Richard Stanley, including original oil paintings, fine art prints, greeting cards, and glass jewellery. At nearby Deep Bay, Bronwyn Clarke’s pottery studio is open on request and on weekends from September to May.

Geckostrands is a textile studio at Franklin creating eco-dyed wool and cashmere wearables (open by appointment). Visitors learn about the creative process and discover the distinctive smell of Eucalypts embedded into the works. Choose from fine merino wool scarves, cashmere scarves and hand-knitted kid mohair, silk and wool wearables.

In The Channel, experience a weaver’s work at the loom at the Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio. Discover a colourful display of handwoven, hand dyed and knitted goods made from natural fibres such as alpaca, wool, cotton, silk, linen and mohair. Choose from luxurious scarves, shawls, throws, vests, shoulder bags, cushions, rugs and tapestries. Kairos Cafe in the Channel Museum sells a range of gifts that are produced by local authors and craftspeople. Nearby, The Margate Train is home to a variety of retail businesses, including arts and crafts.

In Far South Tasmania, discover bewitching Tasmanian gemstones, fossils, crystals and minerals at Lunaris Gemstones. Choose something special from their range of natural specimens, unique jewellery pieces, and ornamental and decorative items.

Art enthusiasts, explore Project X large-scale art installations in the Huon Valley and Far South.

Markets

Visit the weekly and monthly local markets to pick up quality goods directly from the makers and growers. On your adventure, be sure to stop in at the beautiful towns of the Southern Trove to uncover other hidden gems (resist the urge to charge onwards).


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Header image:
Woodturner at Geeveston Visitor Centre

Words:
Isabel Galloway