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From Hobart, the Southern Trove is within easy reach. The coastal charms of the Channel are just a short drive away. Take your time exploring and be rewarded with unexpected finds—we promise, you’ll return all the richer.

Discover Tasmania’s scenic south

Take a leisurely journey by car through the Channel and discover one of Australia’s best—yet lesser known—coastal drives. Start in Kingston with a walk along the beautiful beach (there’s even a swing set in the sand). Back up on the hilltop, enjoy refreshments and stay overnight at the Southern Lights Hotel.

Continue on down the Channel Highway, stopping along the way to explore the seaside towns of Margate, Snug, Kettering (the gateway to Bruny Island), Woodbridge, Birchs Bay, and Middleton.

Take the high road (aka Woodbridge Hill Road) through rolling hills, farmland and orchards to the Huon Valley. Stop and watch a weaver at work at the Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio.

Seek out hidden gems

There is so much to see and do in the Channel, you could easily stay for a few days (or longer) and unravel her secrets. Everything is within easy reach, so choose your own adventure each day.

Pop into the local businesses and Visitor Information Centres to get tips from the locals on where to find the hidden gems. Discover artisan markets, charming cafes, peaceful beaches, and beautiful walks to secluded places, such as Snug Falls (1 hr/2 km return).

Nature lovers, the Inverawe Native Gardens at Margate are a joy to visit. Another gem is the Art Farm Birchs Bay annual Sculpture Trail. There are several permanent installations on display all year, and you can even take your well-behaved dog on a leash.

Stumble upon surprising finds

Sometimes the best finds come from things that aren’t planned. There are plenty of surprises to stumble upon in the Channel, from charming roadside stalls offering fresh local produce, to the world-class smoked salmon at the Woodbridge Smokehouse. The region even has a little piece of France—enjoy an elegant high tea overlooking tranquil North West Bay at the French provincial-style Villa Howden.

Another quirky delight can be found at Margate. Keep an eye out for vibrant, bold fields of lavender as you head to The Margate Train. You won’t be travelling anywhere on this locomotive—its carriages have been decked out with an amazing array of shops and cafés.

At Birchs Bay, try a unique (and delicious) spin on cheese at Grandvewe Cheesery, Australia’s only organic sheep cheesery and distillery. The views are pretty impressive, too!

Unravel one of Australia’s best kept secrets

The Channel has an interesting history, and you can learn all about it at the Channel Museum. The displays offer a fascinating insight into the lives of early settlers, including whalers, timber cutters, bullock drivers, pit sawyers, sailors, and river craft men.

At Hartzview Vineyard, a walk through the Heritage-listed pickers’ huts sheds some light on the way small-fruit pickers and Italian Prisoners of War lived during the 20th century. Be sure to also visit the restaurant and cellar door to taste their amazing array of wines and fruit liqueurs.

Explore sheltered coves & hidden bays

There are sheltered coves, hidden bays, and secluded beaches just waiting to be discovered dotted all the way down the coastline. Go diving or snorkelling at Tinderbox and explore the wonders of the Marine Reserve.

Take a leisurely cruise from Hobart down to the Peppermint Bay Hotel and enjoy an amazing meal with spectacular water views. Thrill-seekers, chase adventure out on the water with one of Tasmanian Jet Ski Adventures’ tours departing Coningham Beach for Bruny Island.

Stay close to the water at Snug Beach Cabin & Caravan Park, Three Point Hut Waterfront Accommodation, and Oyster Cove Chalet.

For accommodation options, see Where to Stay. For more holiday tips, see Exploring the Trove or download the Southern Trove Touring Guide & Map.

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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Blackmans Bay | @ringhole/Instagram

Isabel Galloway