For backpackers who prefer nature and a relaxed adventure to the alcohol fueled parties of the big city hostels, Hobart and the Huon Valley, Tasmania, provide nature based activities and quieter accommodations. including a secluded bush retreat, with deluxe tipees and campsites, ideal for couples or small groups. The Huon Valley is a land of waterways, wilderness and wildlife. This is your one stop shop to plan and book your Huon Valley Escape.
Backpacker special: Show your receipt from any backpacker hostel and you can have a tipee for $95/nt including 2 people. Valid Sunday to Thursday nights only. Enjoy this unique experience for only 30% more than you would pay for a twin room in an average hostel.
Phone: 1800 770 224
These special backpacker prices are available by phone 1800 770 224 8am till 8pm 7 days
Featured Huon Valley Accommodation and Attractions
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Working Backpackers' Hostel in Huonville
If you have a work visa and want fruit picking and other seasonal work, we are conveniently located on the main road in Huonville, we are15 minutes walk from supermarket and all the banks in town, and a short walk or bicycle ride to many of the orchards and processing sheds located nearby.
Our aim is to provide a cosy home away from home environment for all our guests, our facilities include:
• Proximity to local orchards and assistance with finding seasonal work
• Proximity to local shops and transport
• Modern well appointed kitchen
• Individual food lockers in kitchen
• Comfortable living room
• 42 in-wall mounted LCD TVs
• DVD player
• Outdoor deck and dining with BBQ
• Unlimited gas boosted solar hot water
• Limited grass camping area
• Limited off street parking
• Five terminal internet access
• WIFI connection
• Free bed linen and duvet
• Individual bed reading light
• 2nd hand bicycles for sale or rent
• Clothes washing / drying facilities
For current information relating to jobs please email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This operator is not part of the Huon Valley Escapes instant online booking system. Please use the email button to contact directly.
Raft the Picton River
This wild river at the edge of the South West World Heritage area lets you experience the exhilaration of fast-flowing rapids, while enjoying the majestic cool temperate rainforest. The section of the river is graded 2/3 and has several sections of challenging rapids.
This trip usually requires a full day.The day starts at the Tahune Airwalk, around ninety minutes from Hobart, and you will spend around 3-4 hours on the water.
Hartz Mountains National Park Information
Hartz Mountains National Park is a window into the south-west wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast.
Waterfalls tumble off the dolerite range that runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau.
Take your time and enjoy short strolls out to the glacial lakes in the area, or try the more challenging walks up to the range top. Its highest point, Hartz Peak (1255 m), provides panoramic views into the heart of the southwest.
The Hartz Mountains experience typical south-west weather conditions. This can be a wild, inhospitable and isolated place so it is necessary to carry waterproofs and warm clothing with you at all times.
Lake Esperance is a 2 hrs return walk through woodland and snowgums, up to the high country where cushion plants and ancient King Billy pines encircle the lake. A short distance along the track you will pass a memorial to Sydney and Arthur Geeves, who perished near here in 1897 in the harsh blizzard conditions that can occur here at any time.
Hartz Peak is the highest point of the Hartz Mountains and takes about five hours return. In fine weather the summit offers one of the best views of the south-west. This is a walk only for fit, experienced walkers, as it is a steep uphill climb and the route is not clearly marked beyond Hartz Pass.
Read more about Hartz Mountains on the Parks and Wildlife Website
The Huon River is the fourth largest river in Tasmania, Australia. It is 170km in length, and runs through the fertile Huon Valley. From Scotts Peak Dam at Lake Pedder where it begins, it flows south-east to the Tahune Airwalk, where the Picton River joins, before heading through the rural township of Glen Huon where, just to the south, flows down rapids to merge with the sea water and become tidal. From there it then travels through Huonville, Franklin, and Cygnet (Port Cygnet). When the river meets the Tasman Sea near Surveyors Bay, it is more than 3.1 miles (5km) wide. In the lower reaches, the average depth of wide river is 10 feet (3m) and maximum depth is 39 feet (12m).
Wooden Boat Centre
The Wooden Boat Discovery Centre will entice you into the fascinating world of traditional wooden boats, using interactive features, video presentations and static displays.
Learn about the history of boat building and water transport. Marvel at the beauty of the local timbers – some of the finest boat building materials in the world. Examine tools and maritime artifacts: adzes, augurs, draw-knives, caulking irons, roving dollies and the rest. Drink in the atmosphere of the boat building school workshops – the sounds of the activity, the smells of the timber and glues, the gleam of old and treasured tools, the satisfaction of old skills learned anew. Watch the various stages in the creation of real boats in precious timbers, from lofting to launching.
The museum is a remarkable time capsule that depicts the lives of the early settlers from the Huon Valley. The numerous displays and exhibits contain antiques and memorabilia that effectively demonstrate how the pioneers lived and worked. You will find the agricultural history of the Huon Valley come to life as you stroll through years gone by. Included in the admission to the museum are demonstrations of antique apple processing machinery and a highly informative history chat.
All entries into the museum include demonstrations on our commercial apple peeling and coring machine (patented 1909) which is capable of peeling and coring up to 30 apples per minute.
We will also explain and demonstrate the “Slinky Apple” machine that everyone is talking about. This cleverly designed device (patented in 1901) peels, cores, and slices not only apples (and pears) but also works on vegetables.
Entry charges and opening times, click here.
Huonville is the seat of the municipality of the Huon Valley, the most southerly Council area in Australia and has expanded since the 1980s as the commercial centre of the Huon Valley. Tourism is an important part of Huonville and the surrounding Huon Valley. The area is renowned for its scenic beauty and history as one of Australia's biggest apple producers.
Huonville is a town on the Huon River, in the south-east of Tasmania, Australia. The town lies within the Huon Valley Council area. It lies 38 km south of Hobart on the Huon Highway. At the 2006 census, Huonville had a population of 1,806.
The above article is extracted from Southern Tasmania's daily newspaper online www.themercury.com.au
Welcome to Country
The South East Aboriginal Corporation preserves the heritage of Tasmania's traditional custodians. Contact SETAC on 6295 0004.
This is the Country of the Melukerdee band of the Palawa people. These are Aboriginal Tasmanians, the traditional and continuing custodians of this Country. They have taken care of this land for at least 37,000 years, many people say much longer. The responsibility to conserve and protect Country’s natural values is now one which is shared with all the people who call it a home or have other meaningful connection.
Palawa is a name many Aboriginal Tasmanians now use to refer to themselves, just as some Aboriginal Victorians call themselves “Kooris”.
It is a name used widely by Aboriginal groups in Tasmania at the time of the British invasion. Tasmanian Dreaming stories tell that Palawa was the first human. Using Palawa as a name helps Aboriginal Tasmanians to maintain an enduring link with their cultural heritage and helps maintain an identity clearly distinct from that of other Tasmanians.
Truwana is a Palawa word used to refer to the island of Tasmania and ‘Country’. In recognition of Aboriginal Land Rights, Cape Barren Island, off the north east coast, was returned to Aboriginal ‘ownership’ in 2005 and renamed Truwana.
It is important to recognize that in Aboriginal philosophy people do not, nor cannot ‘own’ Country. Instead, Country owns us. The Palawa people see their role as custodians and caretakers of this Country: Truwana.
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