Huon Valley’s Caves, Walks and Forests

Best place to experience TasmaniĆ”'s forest and wilderness areas

The Huon Valley contains a large section of Tasmania’s UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area, set aside for its unique, rare and pristine habitats, wildlife and its significant global natural and cultural values. 

There are three main National Parks and Reserves in the Huon Valley which are part of the World Heritage Wilderness Area. These include Hartz Mountains National Park, Hastings Caves State Reserve, and the Southwest National Park.

Close to Hartz Mountains National Park, you will also find Tahune Adventures which has a range of exciting forest adventures for the whole family.

Hartz Mountain National Park

Shaped by ancient glaciers, Hartz Mountain National Park provides a great insight into the landscape of the remote and rugged southwest wilderness areas.

Ladies Tarn, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania

It has a variety of walk options providing for a range of abilities, with the most challenging being the Hartz Peak track.

Hartz Mountain National Park

Hartz Mountain is a great location to experience snow in winter, however, ensure you dress for the conditions with good walking shoes.

Hartz Peak Track, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania

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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Visit Australia’s largest dolomite tourist cave that sits underneath a beautiful temperate rainforest. Bring your swimmers to experience the thermal swimming pool. A number of nearby short walks are accessible onsite including the platypus walk which is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

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Tahune Adventures

Tahune Adventures is home to the well-known experience, the Tahune Airwalk, an elevated walkway as high as 50 metres on its cantilever section looking above the Huon and Picton Rivers, and out beyond over the World Heritage Wilderness Area.

They also have a range of other forest adventures including Eagle Hang Gliding, Twin Rivers Rafting and walks. The walks include the Swinging Bridges walk and the Huon Pine Walk on which as the name suggests, you can see some rare Huon Pines!

Tahune Air Walk

Tahune also offers Lodge, Cabin and Camping facilities.

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South Cape Bay Walk

This walk departs from Cockle Creek, the most southern point that you can drive to in Australia and Tasmania. Literally the end of the road!

The South Cape Bay walk is an easy 4 hour return walk traversing into the Southwest Wilderness Area. The walk makes up the final section of the challenging 6-8 day South Coast Track Walk (for experienced walkers only) which starts deep within the World Heritage Wilderness Area at Melaleuca.

Cockle Creek
Ruby McPherson (left), Stanley Fuller (right) on the walk from Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay
Ruby McPherson (left), Stanley Fuller (right) on the walk from Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay
Ruby McPherson (left), Stanley Fuller (right) on the walk from Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay

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Stories on Huon Valley’s Walks

Get a personal insight into some of the Huon Valley’s best walk experiences with the following stories.

Alice Hansen wrote about her experience on the South Cape Bay Walk

Ruth Dawkins wrote her tips on Family Friendly Walks and the Best Family friendly picnic spots in the Huon Valley.

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