Things to do in Southern Tasmania

Southern Tasmania's best places to visit

The Huon Valley is Australia’s and Tasmania’s most southern region. It extends from Upper Longley through to Cockle Creek at the most southern point you can drive in Australia.

Do not miss visiting the Huon Valley when visiting Tasmania. We promise you will love it! It has everything you love about Tasmania and more:

  • Great wilderness and bushwalks
  • A thriving community of small producers, which means great food, wine, and cider straight from the source!
  • Stunning reflective Huon River
  • Green rolling hills, mountains, and waterways all in the same view!
  • Clean, beautiful beaches with very few people
  • Thriving artistic community
  • Great place to base yourself when visiting Bruny Island

Here’s some great suggestions for things you can do when in the Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania.

Explore Cygnet and surrounds

Cygnet is one of Huon Valleys and southern Tasmania’s most popular towns and areas, especially with the locals. It’s a thriving community of artists, producers, accommodation providers, cooking schools makes for good food and coffee, and great shopping. It’s also not far from the ferry to Bruny Island.

There are some stunning self-contained accommodation properties such as Villa Talia, Coast House Tasmania, Wattle Grove Homestead, Beaupre Cottage, Cloud River Farm Airbnb and Cygnet Retreat make it a great place to stop for a few days.

Port Cygnet Cannery is really popular for its Thursday and Friday pizza nights, it’s Saturday night farm dinner, and Sunday farm lunches.

Cygnet Old Bank on the main street is popular for coffee, cake, and a meal. While you are there you must have a look at Three Twigs a boutique slop providing an amazing range of clothing, homewares, and gifts.

Drop in to see Phoenix Creations and buy one of their popular hand-carved wooden spoons or if you fancy making a wooden spoon of your own, book ahead for a workshop. Visit Richard Stanley and see his original oil paintings featuring the beautiful vistas of the Huon Valley.

Just up the hill from Cygnet, you will find Hartzview Vineyard, whereas the name suggests you can see out across the valley to Hartz Mountain. Here they grow a vast array of berries and wine grapes which they turn into fortified fruit ports, liqueurs, and spiced apple liqueur mead. You can also walk through their restored timber pickers huts and learn about some fruit picking history of the valley.

On the road between Huonville and Cygnet, you will find a great little craft cider company, called Pagan Cider. They have a unique range of Huon Valley and Tasmanian fruit ciders as well as the traditional apple ciders.

Walk along the Huon River at Franklin

The foreshore of the Huon River at Franklin is a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the reflective waters, local ducks, mountain backdrops, and collection of wooden boats, fishing boats, and yachts.

Franklin
Franklin, Huon Valley. Photo by Naomie Clark-Port

There is a great BBQ area, playground, and walking track along the riverbank. While your there drop in to see the Wooden Boat Centre and cross the road to Franks Ciderhouse and Cafe for a cider tasting, coffee, or meal.

Franks Ciderhouse and Cafe, Franklin

If you are interested in getting out onto the river Yukon Tours offers daily sailings on their wooden ketch, or you can take a kayak with Esperance Adventures.

Yukon Tours
Yukon Tours, Franklin, Huon Valley

Spot Sleeping Beauty while enjoying a Cider at Grove

Sleeping Beauty is made up of two mountains that make out the shape of a sleeping lady. It is a stunning sight to see and can be seen clearly from Willie Smiths Apple Shed, the home of Willie Smiths, one of Australia’s top craft cidermakers.

If you would like to stay in the area consider Huon Bush Retreats, Highland Getaway, Walton House B&B, or a bit of glamping with Huon Valley Glamping.

Sleeping Beauty lying in a cloudy blanket. Photo by Paul County.
Willie Smith's Apple Shed
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Huon Valley

Stop for a Pinot

Tasmania is well known for its Pinot and Huon Valley delivers the states most southern grown wines in Australia. There are two wineries close to Huonville, Home Hill Winery at Ranelagh, and Kate Hill Wines just outside the main township.

Elsewhere Vineyard is at Glaziers Bay near to Cygnet, and in Cygnet, there is a relatively new winery called Sailor Seeks Horse which has a cellar door at the Port Cygnet Cannery. Also close to Cygnet is Two Bud Spur at Gardeners Bay.

Kate Hill Wines

Stop for a cuppa at Huonville

Huonville is a great place to stop on your journey for a good cuppa and a stop at the bakery. Locals’ favourite coffee shops are The Local and DS Coffee House and The Bakery has a great range of cakes, pies, and other baked goods.

If you fancy a walk while you enjoy a coffee take a stroll down to the Huon River and walk along the Esplanade. You will find a playground, picnic tables, and a beautiful community of ducks.

Huonville Foreshore Area
Huon River Foreshore and picnic area, Huonville, Huon Valley. Photo by Paul Redding

Drop in for some sushi and crumpets at Geeveston

Geeveston is most famous for the TV Show Rosehaven, but did you know that it is now also building fame for its amazing sushi and small-batch sourdough crumpets!!

The region one an absolute gem a few years back with Massaki, the surfing sushi chef moved to the valley to be with his new love and started making fresh sushi for the locals. People now come from across Australia and even overseas looking for a way to try his sushi. He is currently building his new restaurant, but in the meantime, you can buy his sushi from a food truck parked outside the site of his new place located behind the town hall and Geeveston Visitor Centre. But beware the only sells it on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 2 pm or when sold out! We recommend you preorder to guarantee a taste. Read about Masaaki’s Story.

Massaki’s Sushi Truck at Geeveston

During COVID-19 there was a proliferation of home bread baking occurring worldwide. Cam and his wife Ally Skeels decided to start selling handmade, small-batch sourdough crumpets called Huon Me Crumpets. They have been very popular, make sure to visit their website for the latest stockists

Another person to drop in and visit in Geeveston is Cassy Faux at Harvest and Light Picklery. Stock up on your take-home Huon Valley pickles, jams, and preserves.

Take a Glide or Rafting adventure at Tahune

About 30 minutes drive further on from Geeveston you will find Tahune Adventures, famous for their Airwalk in the canopy of the forest and cantelliver that looks out at the World Heritage Wilderness Area.

Did you know they also offer some pretty amazing adventure experiences such as Eagle Hang Gliding and Twin River Rafting? Visit www.tahuneadventures.com.au for the details.

Tahune Air Walk
Tahune Adventures

Looking for somewhere to stay in the area? Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast is just a short walk from the town of Geeveston and backs on the the Heritage Park and Platypus walk. A beautiful location to base your Southern Tasmanian journey from.

Kayak out the the islands at Dover

Dover is a beautiful seaside community sitting on the edge of Port Esperance Bay. Out in the middle of the bay, you will find three small islands, called Hope, Faith, and Charity. Esperance Adventures provides kayaking tours out into the bay and the islands.

Esperance Adventures

Drop-in and try the unique Evoke Spirit at the Bakehouse Distillery or drive out to see Hastings Caves and thermal springs for a tour into Australia’s largest tourist cave. If you have brought your swimmers have a dip in the thermal pool.

Hastings Cave, Newdegate Cave.

There are some stunning holiday houses, shacks, and homes available as accommodation in this far southern Tasmania location. Essentially Tasmania has a great range available including The Cape House, Fairwinds, Tides Reach, Esperance Landing, Castaway Cottage, Rock Lobster, and the Boat House. If you after some top-class hospitality stay with Gary and Lorraine at Ashdowns at Dover who won Australia’s best Bed & Breakfast in 2019 at the Australian Tourism Awards!

Essentially Tasmania
Essentially Tasmania, Tides Reach self-contained accommodation, Huon Valley
Essentially Tasmania, The Boat House, romatic getaway, Huon Valley.

River Run Lodge is great for RV’s, Camping, and Bunkhouse accommodation. Situated by the water and amongst the trees, it really is a great place to get away from it all and take in the Huon Valley vibe.

Drive to Tasmania’s and Australia’s most southern point

You can’t get more southern in a car in Tasmania and Australia than Cockle Creek. What a beautiful place to drive to it is!

Cockle Creek beach
Beach at Cockle Creek in the Huon Valleys Far South

Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay is a favourite with the locals for camping. Generally they take their own fishing boats and kayaks and explore the beautiful coastline and catch fresh fish. There is a great whale sculpture to walk out to and the beaches are stunning places to stop for a picnic.

Cockle Creek
Cockle Creek, Huon Valley’s Far South

If kayaking interests you Esperance Adventures do a kayaking tour around Recherche Bay. There are also a few walks that you can do, including South Cape Bay Walk or a walkout to Fishers Point.

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