Autumn is an enchanting time of year in the Southern Trove. It’s the perfect season for a road trip, with rows of golden poplars, rusty red orchards, and colourful gardens lighting up the Huon Valley and Channel regions. Here are eight places to strike gold…
Driving through the vibrant country landscapes of the Huon Valley and the charming coastal towns of the Channel is next level scenic in autumn. Rows of golden poplars and colourful autumn trees line driveways, complementing the rustic sheds and charming farm houses dotted throughout the region. Give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way to admire the seasonal beauty and snap some photos.
Rich autumn colours look twice as nice reflected back in the calm Huon River. Go for a walk along the riverbank at Huonville (maybe even pack a picnic), and visit the smaller riverside towns to immerse yourself in the seasonal charm. While the Huon River is the star, the region’s smaller rivers will also do the trick.
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Stunning scenery combined with wine tasting – sign me up! Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the region’s award-winning wineries. The vines look beautiful, rippling down the hillside like a sea of gold. Sipping a glass of local plonk will warm you against the crisp autumn air. A few of our tips are: Hartzview Vineyard, Bruny Island Premium Wines, Home Hill Winery, Kate Hill Wines and Two Bud Spur Vineyard.
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4. Farms & Orchards
Farms and orchards are super fun to visit in autumn, when the leaves turn the same colours as the red and gold apples. The matching colours are very soothing and it’s all delightfully rustic. The harvest season continues until around mid-May, meaning lots of colourful crates and orchard leaves until then.
Strolling around the lovely towns, spotting bursts of autumn colour, is a lovely way to explore (and get some exercise). There are also some brilliant walking tracks, such as the Platypus Walk at Geeveston. Can you imagine enjoying the autumn leaves and also seeing a platypus?! That would really be striking gold! Ask the friendly locals in the Geeveston Visitor Centre to point you in the right direction.
Pop into one of the region’s gorgeous cafés and warm yourself up with delicious local food and hot coffee. Many eateries are located in charming old buildings surrounded by vibrant autumn foliage (the bright red leaves outside Frank’s Cider Bar & Café are stunning). The Old Bank of Geeveston even brought the autumn colours inside to complement the seasonal local fruits and nuts they use in their delicious pastries.
The locals take pride in their gardens, and they are particularly vibrant in autumn. Wander the streets and admire the seasonal colours and textures from over the fence! If you’d like to get amongst it, there are some lovely accommodation options to choose from featuring beautiful gardens to relax in.
Being the country and all, much of the accommodation in the Southern Trove is nestled amongst beautiful gardens. Relax, sip a hot drink (or a wine), nibble on some local goodies, and gaze out at the autumnal colours. Ambience on Huon B&B, Oyster Cove Chalet, and Frenchman’s River are just a few of the places that boast beautiful gardens.
For more tips, see Exploring the Trove.
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