Self Contained Eco-Retreat near Dover, Far South Tasmania
Two-bedroom eco-cabin set in a natural buttongrass moorland. Wide open views, or mountains and wildflowers, the occasional Tasmanian Devil or Wedge-tail Eagle. 1.5 hours south from Hobart at Lune River, this is the southernmost accommodation in Australia.
Hosted Bed and Breakfast Art House at Huonville Tasmania
With views over the Huon River and just a few minutes walk into Huonville township, this genuine BnB can be your home for a few nights. Easy access and tourist guidance from the owner who lives onsite.
Classic Country Hotel with rooms, bar and restaurant
A balance between comfort and value, our hotel rooms offer charm and magnificent views of the Huon River. Our four star rooms have ensuite bathrooms and you can select from king, queen, single and family rooms.
All accommodation charges include a light continental breakfast and our chef can offer you a variety of breakfast options in Sass restaurant. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast packages available.
Enjoy the open fire of the private guest lounge, or mix with the locals in the public bar or the recently renovated Huon Lounge. A relaxed and intimate hideaway, the Huon Lounge offers fine local and imported wine and beer, fresh coffee and tea, and a tapas menu prepared by our chef from local produce.
Backpackers in Huonville
Conveniently located on the main road in Huonville, we are15 minutes walk from Woolworths 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
Rivers Edge Camping
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.
Read more about Hartz Mountains on the Parks and Wildlife Website
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.
Cruise the Huon River aboard the LaDrone (1.5 hours calm water)
Join us on board a classic wooden motor cruiser, where you can enjoy the scenery of the Huon River and hear the story of LaDrone's history around Australia. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea featuring Tasmanian drinks and delicacies, or simply sit back and enjoy the timeless feeling and the beauty of the Huon Valley. Cruises depart most days from Herriots Point, between Franklin and Geeveston.
5km Interpreted walk to Mount Misery
Southern Tasmania and Huon Valley Tourist Information Services
Tours and transport from Hobart south to
Towns in Tasmania's Huon Valley and Far South
North from Port Huon
Franklin is the oldest town in this area to our north is only a 10 minute drive away with some great little restaurants including Petty Sessions and the Aqua Grill with the best fish & chips in Tasmania. While in Franklin don't forget to visit the Wooden Boat Centre and Village Antiques (approx 10 rooms of quality antiques).
Only 30 minutes north is the business centre of our Valley. Here you will find the Huon Valley Visitor Information Centre (4km north of the township) where you will be greeted by friendly, informative staff able to help you with all of your travel needs within Tasmania. Again some great restaurants including Home Hill, award winning winery and restaurant, the Huon Manor on the banks of the Huon River which offers a great service then visit the Apple & Heritage Museum at Grove, then call into the Huon River Jet Boats for a great action experience.
Only a 40 minute drive to our east, again a must see country town. In the main street you will find excellent cafés, a fantastic chocolate shop and numerous art and culture experiences. Three great little pubs, the Top, Bottom & Middle, all with great service. Don't forget Hartzview Vineyard at Cygnet as well as the Panorama Wine Centre at Cradoc.
Background Information about Tasmania's Huon Valley
Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Egg Islands Conservation Reserve
Tasmania's Egg Islands are an outstanding example of community conservation at work. This 500 hectare island reserve is a co-operative effort of government and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Together with former owners, locals and specialists, the TLC and the Parks and Wildlife Service have developed priorities for ongoing management of the cultural and natural values of the Egg Islands. With help from our wonderful volunteers, scientific surveys and weed control have already commenced.
Read more on the Tasmanian Land Conservancy Website
The Huon River is the fourth largest river in Tasmania, Australia. It is 170 km in length, and runs from the southwest wilderness, through the fertile agricultural areas, to the Tasman Sea. 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 at the Huonville Bridge. Along the tidal estuary are, Franklin, and Port Cygnet). When the river meets the D'Entrecasteaux Channel near Surveyors Bay, it is more than 5.0 km wide. In the lower reaches, the average depth of wide river is 3.0 m - 12 m.
Tsunami strikes at Franklin
In 1883, tidal disturbances were observed at Franklin, in the Huon and mud was found in several three feet (1 m) high mounds on the flat in Crowthers Bay (fig. 1).
"Tidal disturbance From our southern contemporary we learn that a curious tidal disturbance occurred at Franklin, Huon, on
Tuesday and Wednesday. An inrush of water occurred five knots an hour faster than the usual rapid rise and fall,
and there has been mud upheaved on the flat in Crowther’s Bay. Several mounds of mud there are 3 ft high."
For the full report, see Historical accounts of Tsunamis in Tasmania by M. K. Morris & C. Mazengarb