When you think of the Huon Valley, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Tasty food? Beautiful views? Talented makers? A strong sense of community?
The Valley encompasses all of those things, and even if you aren’t lucky enough to live here and experience them in person, you can still enjoy regular glimpses of Huon Valley life from the people who share their stories on Instagram.
Whether you’re a Tassie local who’s looking for inspiration about your next road trip, or someone currently in isolation and seeking some online escapism, we’ve pulled together some of the best Huon Valley Instagram accounts that you should follow right now.
This account showcases the absolute best of the Valley – the pretty views, the people, and even the piggies who call the Huon home. It’s a curated account that shares the best Instagram photos from locals and visitors alike. Hit the follow button and see why the Huon Valley is the perfect place to live, work and visit.
Kristie Knight is based in Dover, and her beautiful Insta pics are a great introduction to the charm and character of Tassie’s far south. Whether she’s turning her lens on a stack of cray pots, a soaring rainbow, or a clear night sky full of stars, Kristie’s got a knack for capturing special, fleeting moments in the Valley.
Mapmaker Lady Jo has one of those Insta feeds that draws you in completely. One photo grabs your attention, and then two hours later you realise you’re still scrolling; totally captivated by her seaglass, her stick fires, and her adventures in Shackleton the trusty Land Rover Defender. Absolutely stunning.
Michelle is a writer, food stylist and photographer, so her Insta grid is every bit as dreamy as you’d expect. Join Michelle on a grand old adventure as she renovates The Bowie in Franklin. Built in 1906, the building started life as a bank before operating as a hospital and now a photography studio, family home and soon to be self-contained apartment.
Sydney couple Vanessa and Josh moved to the Valley in 2018 and have been working since then to renovate their 100-year-old cottage and establish a small-scale flower farm and open garden. Their photos are a beautiful celebration of the nature and landscapes of the Huon.
A hugely popular account, run by the family at Little Oak Farm. There’s a big focus on organic food production and horticulture, and although Hugo and Pip are currently on a temporary Insta-break, there are almost 5000 older posts for you to scroll through and enjoy.
Marta at 43 South makes goat milk soaps with organically grown or foraged botanicals from the Huon. They’re available to buy via her website, but even if you’re not in the market for any of the scented stuff they’re still a feast for the eyes. A recent batch of kefir and pink clay genuinely looked good enough to eat.
Little Black Fridge is a roadside stall in Geeveston which is packed with baked goods to buy. I challenge you to scroll their Insta feed – meringue kisses, banana cakes with bourbon caramel, lemon melting moment – and not immediately hop in the car to go and buy some.
With more than 53,000 followers, Phoenix Creations are certainly sharing the Huon love far and wide across the world. Based in Cygnet, David Rauenbusch creates unique wooden spoons, each one handcarved from ethically sourced green wood and vintage Tasmanian timbers. Each spoon is an absolute work of art, from the Fairy Wren scoop to the Alder and milk paint ladle, and while the photos are an absolute delight, so too are the videos showing the process of creation from wood to spoon.
Since 2016, Beth, Mark, Zoe and Daisy have been living aboard a 36ft catamaran and travelling around Australia. They’re currently tied up in Franklin, and attempting to build a house on a block of land nearby. This is a really lovely, and authentic feed full of pictures from their family life on the water – the good, the bad, and the very, very chilly.
If you’re keen to explore Instagram and find some more Huon Valley content, one way is to check out the #HuonValley hashtag, which a lot of people use on their posts.
There are also DOZENS more accounts worth following that we don’t have space to describe in detail here. Just a few include: @applewood_and_earth, @rawceramics, @lauzworby, @poppydog_explorer, @dirty_little_bird, @terrifiedbuthopeful, @huon_valley_queenslander, @lovethisv_ally, @abbymckibben, @candlestick_farm, @bronzewing, @cradoctoplate (another excellent name!), @ian_clare_studio_potter, @bronwynclarkeceramics, @gathererforagerfarm, @bonniesbowlkitchengarden, @caraedwardsdesign, and @our.vintage.farm.