The world may have come to a grinding halt courtesy of Covid-19, but not in Tasmania’s Huon Valley in Australia. Industrious locals used their downtime to reimagine their businesses and launch new ventures. From saffron gins to luxe riverside cottages to the conversion of an elegant former convent, there is so much to do in the Huon Valley.
All Things Wild
Tahune Adventures just got a little more wild. You can Airwalk 50 metres above the river and also now hang glide or raft by ancient Huon pines on the Picton River.
Prefer to lace up your boots and hit World Heritage Wilderness Area trails? South Cape Track and Hartz Peak are hot right now following upgrades across a landscape that never gets old, despite its shaping by ancient glaciers.
With so much going on in the Huon Valley it is hard to choose between wineries, cooking schools, paddock to plate bliss, cideries and farmgate stalls.
Transport yourself to Italy with a host of fresh courses at The Farmhouse Kitchen (this is on our must-do list!) then try out the new paddock to plate experience at Port Cygnet Cannery or join the locals for Friday night pizza. Drop in on Glen Huon Dairy’s new farmgate shop or book one of their farm tours.
No flavours are ordinary in these parts try Tas-Saff’s new saffron gin and vodka, or find small batch sourdough Huon Me Crumpets at popular brekkie haunts. When you’re ready for a lie down, venture to the Cygnet Old Bank where you’ll find accommodation as well as the new Paddock, Pillows & Plates experience.
Don’t be surprised if you happen across the Artbox; a roving glass-front shipping container brimming with works of local artists and community projects. It’s testament to the creativity that hums across small towns and studios tucked among the trees.
Get your inspiration flowing by signing up to Phoenix Creation’s latest spoon making workshop or grab a chisel and learn from the best at Australia’s only Wooden Boat Centre, making waves with a swathe of new courses. There’s also new tours and workshops at Campo di Flori – Lisa’s creative flow spanning olives, lavender and ceramics.
Where to Stay
With so much to eat, drink and explore, a day trip is never enough. There are so many new places to rest your head ranging from Villa Talia with it’s Insta-worthy outdoor bath to the dreamy Cloud River Farm luxe cottage on the river.
The Peninsula Experience offers a gorgeous Boat House with plenty of walking trails on your very own peninsula and River Run Lodge in the Far South is right on the doorstep of epic adventure. Those with a penchant for old will appreciate the church conversion of Abbey on Main and delightful Convent Franklin restoration.
For more information about this incredible region visit: www.huonvalleytas.com/
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