The Huon Valley is a highlight when it comes to touring Tasmania. The valley and its surrounds are a truly mesmerising part of our island and are home to many passionate producers who throw their doors open to visitors from far and wide.
Tahune Airwalk is a favourite Huon Valley attraction and one of the most visited tourism attractions in Tasmania. The Airwalk is currently closed for upgrades but will reopen in December 2019.
Located in the original Tahune Forest Reserve, which borders on 1.6 million hectares of World Heritage listed forest, visitors love the breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the forest canopy. From two spine-tingling swinging bridges, see the Huon and Picton rivers rushing below or soar like an eagle across the Huon River on the Cable Eagle Hang Glider, enjoy Tasmanian food and wine in the café, and browse the visitor centre – there’s a day of fun and excitement for everyone.
Discover the tradition, sail today – on the stunning Huon River and beyond. Yukon-Tours offers 90 min calm water cruises daily departing from Franklin Marina next to The Wooden Boat Centre – just a 15 minutes drive south from the Apple Shed.
On board the Danish sailing ketch Yukon, you become a part of the experience as you hoist sail or simply sit back enjoying the timeless beauty of the Huon Valley. Built of oak in 1930 Yukon was rescued from the bottom of a harbour near Copenhagen in 1997 and carefully restored by the current owners. Overnight cruises also available.
Grandvewe is Australia’s only sheep dairy producing handcrafted cheeses, gelato and yoghurt from rural Tasmania and should not be left off your touring route of Tasmania. You can meet the sheep that make the cheese you eat (there are up to 15 cheese varieties you can try) and enjoy a stunning view while you relax and have a wine.
In the picturesque Huon Valley you’ll find celebrity chef Matthew Evans (the Gourmet Farmer) and his glorious Fat Pig Farm. Located less than a 45-minute drive south of Hobart, it’s an easy stopover as part of a Huon Valley day trip. Fat Pig Farm offers cooking classes and feasts every Friday at their long kitchen table. The farm comes highly recommended by us!
The historic and scenic town of Franklin, located on the banks of the Huon River, is full of picturesque cottages and whimsical cottage gardens. The town has good riverfront eateries for a delicious lunch or dinner, and road stalls sell fresh produce. As the oldest town in the valley, and one with a vibrant village feel, Franklin is well worth a stopover on your Huon Valley tour.
If your sights are set on wine, five minutes’ drive on from Willie Smith’s Apple Shed will bring you to the glorious Home Hill Winery, located 30 minutes south of Hobart. Home Hill offers its visitors a tranquil place to eat lunch and enjoy their award-winning Pinot Noir and wine range. It’s a perfect stop on a Huon Valley day trip for a wine enthusiast, and the staff at Home Hill are warm and welcoming and will ensure you have a delightful experience on your holiday.
If you’re after some power and excitement during your next trip to Tassie, then look no further then Huon River Jet Boats. An exhilarating experience, Huon River Jet Boats is situated a 35-minute drive south of Hobart in the charming Huon Valley. If the sound of 360 degree spins and high speeds over 12km of river excites you, this boating experience will have you sorted!
Crafting ciders with fresh Huon Valley fruit is something Pagan does best. Pagan Cider is an ideal stop on a Huon Valley day trip, being 45 minutes’ drive from Hobart. Once there, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a free cider tasting while admiring the picturesque cherry orchard.