Tasmania’s Southern Edge

Southern Tasmania Drive Journey

The Huon Valley is Tasmania’s most southernmost region, part of Tasmania’s Southern Drive Journey called the Southern Edge.

It is a region of stunning green rolling landscapes, mountain backdrops and endless waterways. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get reconnected.

This stunning area is best explored by car over a number of days and provides a multitude of experiences depending on your interests.

Day walks and forest adventures

Sitting on the edge of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area it is a great place to take a day walk. The Hartz Mountain National Park offers a good range of walk options of varying lengths and difficulties. Or if you looking for a forest adventure visit Tahune Adventures.

Hartz Peak Track, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania. Photo by Rob Blakers.
Tahune Airwalk, Tahune Adventures.

Also part of the Huon Valley and the World Heritage Area is Australia’s largest tourist cave at Hastings Caves. Here you can journey underground on a tour to see the spectacular dolomite cave formations.

Hastings Cave

If you really want to visit Australia’s and Tasmania’s most southern edge, drive to the end of the road to Cockle Creek where you can then take a walk along a portion of the iconic multi-day Southcoast Track walk. The South Cape Bay Track is a 4-hour return walk.

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

Beautiful seaside towns

If exploring the far south of the Huon Valley beautiful seaside towns such as Dover and Southport offer a range of self-contained and bed and breakfast accommodation options.

Dover Wharf, Port Esperance. Photo by Toby Schrapel

While your there explore the coastlines of the area in a kayak with Esperance Adventures.

Stunning Huon River reflections

The Huon River flows from the World Heritage area catchment through the Huon Valley towns of Huonville, Franklin and out into the Estuary areas of Cygnet, out into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the Southern Ocean.

Boats at Franklin on Huon River. Photo by Eliott Bryant.

At Franklin you can take a cruise along the Huon River on a wooden sailing boat with Yukon Tours or visit the Wooden Boat Centre.

Cygnet artists and stunning coastline

Cygnet, famous for the Cygnet Folk Festival, is home to a large range of artists and cafes, cooking schools, and other food, wine, and cider experiences.

Matthew Evans the Gourmet Farmer lives in the Huon Valley and provides experiences at his property, Fat Pig Farm
Matthew Evans the Gourmet Farmer lives in the Huon Valley and provides experiences at his property, Fat Pig Farm
David Rauenbusch – Phoenix Creations making a wooden spoon

Mountain backdrops and valley views

At the entrance to the Huon Valley, you will find an iconic and absolutely stunning mountain feature, called ‘Sleeping Beauty‘. Sleeping Beauty is made up of two main mountains which outline the resting profile (brow, nose, lips, and breasts) of a beautiful Sleeping Beauty.

Photo by Paul County

Sleeping Beauty can be seen up close at Grove and as you move through the valley, even as far back as Franklin as you look back up the river. Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is a great place to stop for a photo as well as a cider or meal.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Grove, Huon Valley. Photo by Toby Scraphel
Sleeping Beauty Mountain from Huonville. Photo by Toby Schrapel.

Farmgate stalls, orchards and pickers huts

Photo credit Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore

While you are traveling the Huon Valley and the Far South you will be delighted by the many local growers and producers farmgate stalls. Apple, pear, cherries and a multitude of orchards cover the landscape. The Huon Valley has a long apple and berry fruit-growing history which is linked to the heritage timber pickers huts and apple sheds located throughout paddocks everywhere.

Pickers Huts at Hartzview Vineyard. Photo by Paul County.

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