The scenic Huon Valley is the heart of the Apple Isle, a leisurely drive south from Hobart. Spot sprawling orchards—some with special heritage trees—nestled among the region’s rolling hills and green paddocks. Roadside stalls offer up freshly picked fruit and other farm fresh produce, changing with the seasons.
Naturally, a place with such a rich apple-growing heritage is home to several talented cider producers. Tour the Huon Valley Cider Trail and taste the delightful range of boutique batches and specialty fruit blends. It’s only responsible to eat as you go. Luckily, there are tasty, seasonal food menus on offer as well!
1. Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Discover rustic charm at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, a half-hour drive from Hobart. Sample the range with a cider tasting paddle and order yourself something tasty to eat. Dishes are created using local, seasonal produce (we highly recommend the apple pie). The Charles Oates Distillery is also onsite, producing a range of apple spirits.
For a gold coin donation, visitors can take a self-guided tour through the Apple Museum. Learn about the history of apple farming through the eyes of the Smith family, including the rise, fall and recovery of the ‘Apple Isle’.
2. Frank’s Ciderhouse & Cafe
You’ll find Franks Ciderhouse & Cafe in the charming town of Franklin, opposite the Wooden Boat Centre. Their fruit cider blends are crisp and refreshing—choose from Summer Apple Cider, Summer Pear Cider, Raspberry Pear Cider, or Cherry Pear Cider. Visitors can also relax in the cafe with coffee, cakes, shared platters, and a fresh, seasonal lunch menu.
Take a wander through the Franklin Apple Museum onsite and visit Frank’s grave in the cemetery of nearby St Johns Church. Orchard tours are sometimes offered, and some of the trees are more than 160 years old. Frank himself planted many of the trees still harvested for cider by his descendants today!
3. Pagan Cider
Pagan Cider is a small, boutique cider producer nestled next to a cherry orchard near Cygnet. Sample the entire range of craft ciders at the Pagan Shed, with eight whole-fruit ciders on tap. Their signature blends are apple, pear and cherry, but they delight in trying new things and their seasonal small-batch blends are very popular! Some blends are exclusively available at their cellar door.
Settle in and enjoy a glass or two in the sunny courtyard or family-friendly event space. Visitors are also welcome to bring something tasty to eat from one of Cygnet’s many cafes.
Please organise safe transport—never drink and drive! Why not stay a few nights in the Huon Valley and enjoy a relaxing getaway? If you’d prefer a guide, get in touch with Beyond the Farm Gate Tours or Tours Around Tasmania.
You can also order cider for delivery from their online stores:
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