The Southern Trove is a rich and varied region, offering unique opportunities to explore nature on a grand scale. Bathe in tall forests, tour giant caves, climb jagged mountains, and trek to Australia’s rugged Southern coast. Here are four awe-inspiring spots in the Huon Valley and Far South to fully immerse yourself in the grandeur of nature.
1. Tahune Adventures Tasmania
They sure do grow tall in the south! Head to Tahune Adventures Tasmania (via Geeveston) and bathe in the forest. The Tahune AirWalk is reminiscent of a giant treehouse, suspended high above the forest floor, and complete with swing bridges and 50 metre high cantilever. Enjoy sweeping views across the forest canopy, down to the mighty Huon and Picton Rivers, and beyond to the high peaks of the Wilderness World Heritage Area.
2. Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs
You never know what might be hidden below the surface. In Far South Tasmania, there’s a secret underground cathedral! Hastings Caves were formed millions of years ago, but were only discovered by timber workers in 1917. Join one of the daily tours to explore the richly decorated chambers of Newdegate Cave and learn about the striking subterranean formations.
Your ticket includes access to the naturally heated thermal pool, surrounded by lush ferns and forest. Pack a picnic or have a BBQ by the pool, or treat yourself to some fresh scones in the Visitor Centre café.
3. The Hartz Mountains National Park
The Hartz Mountains National Park boasts a spectacular landscape, shaped by glaciers during past ice ages. A striking dolerite range runs through the park’s centre, with stunning waterfalls and glacial lakes dotting the plateau. Choose from a range of walking tracks, from the short Waratah Walk to the more challenging hike up Hartz Peak. Take in sweeping forest views and glimpses of remote ranges that stretch as far as the southern coast.
4. The Southwest National Park
The Southwest National Park is the state’s largest, with wild rivers, dramatic mountain ranges, button grass plains, and ancient rainforest. To access the park, drive south to Cockle Creek (the very end of the road), or hop on a chartered boat or plane.
There are some fantastic walks to choose from, ranging from short strolls to epic multi-day treks. The South Cape Bay Track (4 hours return / 7.7km one way) offers a captivating taster of Australia’s rugged and wild southern coastline.
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