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An exciting series of large-scale public artworks—Project X—is launching in the depths of the Huon. The art is a great excuse to explore the wider Huon Valley and Far South. We’ve put together some tips to help you plan your adventure.


About Project X

Project X is a DarkLab initiative bringing a series of major art works from high profile artists to the Huon Valley. Visitors are encouraged to explore the region to help bolster recovery from the early-2019 bushfires. The initial art installations are listed below, but stay tuned for more exciting announcements.

Hrafn: Conversations with Odin

Hrafn: Conversations with Odin by Chris Watson and The Wired Lab launched as part of Dark Mofo. Excitingly, performances have been extended to run between August and 22 December. Performances will occur three times a week—from Thursday to Saturday—between sunset and dusk (buy tickets here).

Watson is a composer and wildlife sound recordist who creates spatial sound installations with a strong sense of spirit and place (past projects include David Attenborough’s Life series and BBC’s Frozen Planet). For Hrafn, curious and brave people are invited into the wilds of Tasmania’s Far South. Follow a guide into the trees at the Hastings Caves State Reserve and listen in awe as 2,000 ravens come in to roost.

Chris Watson, Tasmania

Photo: Rémi Chauvin/DarkLab

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle

During Dark Mofo, did you take a peek inside the graffiti-covered shipping container outside Hobart’s Town Hall? Jimmy Cauty’s The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) captured the attention and imaginations of young and old alike, with its wild apocalyptic scenes in fascinating miniature.

ADP

The ADP will tour six townships in the Huon Valley—starting with Geeveston—for around two months each. The installation will be freely viewable 24/7, and will be accompanied by a series of public actions and community events. At each location, a local writer will be commissioned to write a RIOT Pamphlet highlighting the history of the region, including any protests, riots, strikes and unusual events.

Jimmy Cauty's Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP)


Explore the Huon Valley & Far South

The Huon Valley is home to rolling hills, sprawling orchards, and charming towns. A leisurely pace is best for discovering the region’s many gems.

Towns to visit

Huonville is the main township, but don’t forget to slow the pace and explore the surrounding smaller towns as well. A 15-minute drive south, on the east side of the river, will take you to the creative hub of Cygnet, home of the beloved Cygnet Folk Festival.

On the west side of the river, drive the short distance south to the historic town of Franklin, soak up the charm, and admire the wooden boats. Further south, you’ll reach Geeveston, a key filming location for quirky ABC comedy Rosehaven and a town with a rich pioneering heritage. Head further south and relax at the pretty fishing village of Dover and the scenic holiday town of Southport.

Where to eat & drink

You are spoilt for choice with food and drink in the Huon, with the local produce an absolute star (don’t just drive past those roadside stalls and honesty boxes).

If you fancy a tipple, touring the cider trail is always a winner (with a designated driver of course). Visit Pagan Cider, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, and Frank’s Cider House & Cafe. Hours tend to slip away quite pleasantly at the local wineries—add Hartzview VineyardHome Hill Winery & RestaurantTwo Bud Spur Vineyard, Kate Hill Wines, St Imre Vineyard, and Elsewhere Vineyard to the list.

Enjoy farm fresh produce at Fat Pig Farm‘s Friday Feast, enrol in cooking school at The Farmhouse Kitchen, visit the farm gate of the saffron hub south of the equator at Tas-Saff, discover all things honey at The Honey Pot, and pick up supplies at the Billy Hill Organic Store.

Treat yourself at: the Cygnet Old Bank Cafe, The Red Velvet Lounge, Petty Sessions Gourmet Cafe and Gallery, the Geeveston BakeryMy Slice of Pie CafeDS Coffee House & Internet Lounge, Kermandie Hotel, My Place Cafe, Summer Kitchen, the Ranelagh General Store, Post Office 6985, and Rocket at the End of the Road (Nov–April).

Things to do

Choose from lots of different tours and activities, with outdoor and indoor adventures to be had.


More information

Browse our accommodation listings to find beautiful places to stay, including cosy B&Bs, comfortable hotel rooms, and self-contained accommodation. Check out our events calendar to see what’s on.

For travel tips, route information, and help with booking attraction tickets and accommodation, pop into the Huon Valley Visitor Centre or the Geeveston Visitor Centre.


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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8 Things to Do in Far South Tasmania

Header image:
Rémi Chauvin / Project X / DarkLab

Words:
Isabel Galloway