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Through the Looker-glass

Brian Looker grew up wandering the remote New Zealand countryside. A tramper at heart, always happiest outdoors, he was the small boy who spent hours…

Apple Queens of the Huon

The Apple Festival was easily the biggest event in the Huon Valley in its day – and even to this day.  When there was much…

New life for old wooden boat skills in the Huon Valley

Shipbuilding has been a significant industrial activity in Tasmania since the early colonial period. It flourished through the need for vessels to carry the greater…

Opportunity to learn from three generations of Italian cooks

The Farmhouse Kitchen is billed as an Italian cooking school, but it is specifically a Pugliese cooking school – food of Puglia, the region in…

Hard to find fresher than the Huon roadside.

Roadside farm-gate stalls offering in-season specialties of the local area are just some of the attractions of travelling in rural Tasmania. Many of the best…

Tips on the best photo-friendly places in the Huon

Tasmania is an absolute gift to photographers, with scenery and sights that make even the most amateur photographer look good. A quick peek at the…

Franks Cider – The story behind the man on the bottle

John Clark arrived in Franklin in Tasmania’s magnificent Huon Valley in the 1830s. Fresh from the voyage from England he was the first permanent white…

Campo de Flori – a Huon Valley oasis

High in the hills of the Huon, away from the well-beaten tourist path, sits a glorious oasis. Welcome to Campo de Flori The trip along…

A Castle Fringed by Wilderness

Geeveston has its own fairy tale. This small town an hour south of Hobart, sits on the edge of World Heritage Area Wilderness. As Australia’s…