The Tasting House offers exquisite Tasmanian flavours.They include a range of local Coal River Valley wines, oils, sauces, mustards, cheese, jams, fruit wines and vinegars.The Tasting House is in the Bridge Inn Mews, behind Saddlers Court Gallery.
It has been established in what was the original coach-house for the Bridge Inn. Cheese, bread, wine, octopus, olives and other gourmet products make the ideal ingredients for a picnic by the river. Or take the eat-in meal alternative.
The Shot Tower, situated on the Channel Highway (B68) just past Taroona, 11.26km from Hobart, is one of the States most historic industrial buildings and visitor tourist attractions - having a National Trust A classification.
The Shot Tower Tourism Tas Richard Eastwood
Completed in 1870 by Joseph Moir, a native of Kelso, Scotland, the Tower is the only circular stone shot tower in the southern hemisphere.
Travel south of Hobart, along the D'Entrecasteaux Channel Coast section of the Huon Trail, through Taroona, Kingston and Margate exploring the beauty that is the D'Entrecasteaux Coast. (Pron, don-tra-cast-o)
Travel around the peninsula with the D'Entrecasteaux Channel on the left through the picturesque little towns of Snug, Woodbridge, Middleton, Gordon and Cygnet to the Huon River, Huonville and the Huon Valley. (Round trip only 140 km.)
Cygnet is a small rural town south of Hobart. To the north is the Huon Valley and to the east the D'Entrecasteaux Channel coast.
Cygnet is the centre of the apple industry in the state. Its rolling farmland is rich in wineries small fruit farms throughout the area are craft shops, wood turners, weavers, and potters
It is an area of waterways and wilderness; art, craft and heritage; apple blossom and vineyards; succulent salmon, salt-sweet oysters and fragrant jams and preserves; farmers, foresters and fishermen.
There are superb sea views of Storm Bay and Bruny Island. South of Kingston is the little port of Kettering. Cruising yachts and fishing boats ride their moorings in the sheltered harbour, and the busy Bruny Island car ferry plies its trade to the island just offshore.
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Visit arts, crafts and antique galleries, studios and shops such as The Deepings Wood turner at Nicholls Rivulet, at Cygnet, and Frogmouth Gallery in Franklin.
Explore the waterways from a jet boat, raft, and historic yacht or cruise boat. At Kettering try sea kayaking or charter a runabout, yacht or cruise boat.
Drive south to Cockle Creek and take the four-hour return walk to South Cape Bay overlooking the Southern Ocean in the far South.
Fly from Cambridge near Hobart to land at Melaleuca, in the Southwest wilderness.
Take an underground cave tour at Hastings Caves, swim in the thermal pool.
Discover Tasmanias apple-growing heritage at the Apple Heritage Museum at Grove, near Huonville.
Enjoy mountain scenery and walks in the Hartz Mountains National Park.
Visit Avi-Fauna Flora Gardens at Margate, the Magnus Garden at Woodbridge, Morella Gardens on Bruny Island, the Scented Rose garden at Glaziers Bay and Jacksons daffodil farm at Geeveston.
Hook a trout at the Snowy Range Trout Fishery; cruise from Port Huon and Dover to view salmon farms.
Visit the Forest Heritage Centre in Geeveston displays and interpretation, specialty timbers and quality woodcraft, information, base for Arve Road Forest drive and Hartz Mountains
Stop at a roadside stall to try berries and apples in season.
Visit Dorans Jam Factory near Huonville. Taste cool-climate wines and fruit liqueur at nearby vineyards, part of the Southern Tasmanian Wine Route.
See the penguins at The Neck Reserve, Bruny Island, and explore Bruny beaches from Great Bay.
Discover Brunys rich maritime heritage at the Alonnah History Room and the Bligh Museum, Adventure Bay.
Visit the South Bruny National Park, especially Cape Bruny lighthouse.
Walking through the treetops
The Tahune Forest AirWalk offers visitors to Tasmanias Southern forests a thrilling walk through the tree tops only 70 minutes south of Hobart. Since opened by Forestry Tasmania in 2001, the AirWalk has quickly become one of Tasmanias most popular tourism attractions.It has also received numerous awards.
Tahune Airwalk in the Huon
The AirWalk is set in the Tahune State Forest Reserve, offering a 600 metre long walk through the forest canopy, and a birds eye view of the bush from an average of 20 metres above ground.
The end of the 24 metre long AirWalk cantilever provides a spectacular vantage point to view the confluence of the magnificent Huon and Picton rivers, with Mount Picton in the background. There is disabled and wheelchair access to the AirWalk.
Other activities for visitors include a 20 minute loop walk offering the easiest place in Tasmania to see young and mature Huon pines growing in their natural riverine rainforest environment.
People can also visit the Arve Big Tree, one of Tasmanias biggest trees, off the Arve road on the drive to the AirWalk. The area is also a popular venue for 4WD driving, rafting, bushwalking and fishing.
After a walk through the tree tops, the AirWalk Visitor Centre provides a warm and inviting venue for lunch or a snack, specialising in local Tasmanian produce.
While enjoying a meal, visitors can admire an art quilt entitled Southern Forest Threads. The quilt is a window into Tasmanias forests, depicting a waterfall flowing into a stream, majestic gum trees and delicately embroidered fern fronds. It is the result of eight months and more than 700 hours of handiwork by 22 women from the
The popularity of the AirWalk led to a $650,000 expansion of facilities in early 2003. The external dining area on the deck of the Visitor Centre was extended, the kitchen area redeveloped and the Blue Stone Shelter expanded to cater for bus groups and small conferences. Campervan and camping facilities are also available.
The scenic drive to the Tahune Forest AirWalk is through the beautiful Huon Valley and the timber town, Geeveston. A series of sculptures evoking the history of the town and its close links with the timber industry are in towns main street.
Here are the routes recommended by Tourism Tasmania:
This is a journey through fertile valleys, waterways, old growth forests, and mighty rivers.
Many of the islands gourmet food producers are in this region.
Vineyards also abound and in the sparkling waterways the circular frames of Atlantic salmon farms can be seen.
Visitors can walk on top of the trees in the Tahune Forest AirWalk, and take the car ferry at Kettering across to the spectacular Bruny Island.
Silence shared at Lake St Clair
From Hobart the (A6) heads for Huonville. The Huon Highway continues through Geeveston to Dover and Southport. From Southport thermal springs and Hastings Caves are reached via (C635) and Lune River, and Ida Bay via (C636).
From Huonville the Channel Highway (B68) leads through Cygnet, Kettering, Snug, and Margate to Kingston.
The (A6) can be rejoined but a beautiful drive is available via Taroona and its famous shot tower following the shores of the River Derwent to the city.
Hobarts suburbs are seen at their best on this route.
Approaching the Huon Trail from Hobart driving via Taroona is an option many prefer.
The Tasman Peninsula is a place of breathtaking seascapes, some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world, wonderful walks, and wild ocean views.
The road passes through rolling farmlands, thickly forested hills and valleys, little villages and past vineyards, artists studios and sweeping bays.
From the convict built road to the Port Arthur Historic Site, this fascinating journey is also steeped in convict history.
From Hobart the trail is over the Tasman Bridge to Sorell and via the Arthur Highway (A9) bound for Port Arthur.
An alternative is the interesting diversion at Cambridge via (B31) to historic Richmond, its living heritage and Australias oldest bridge.
From Richmond (C351) leads to Sorell (about 14km) and the Arthur Highway.
From Sorell, Copping and Dunalley are passed on the way to Eaglehawk Neck and the Tasman Peninsula.
From Port Arthur (B37) is an interesting circuit through Nubeena and Premaydena. A diversion onto (C341) reveals Saltwater River and its historic convict coal mines site.
The Arthur Highway is rejoined at Taranna.
Parks protect a great outdoors
Tasmania has 17 accessible national parks, from mountains to the coast.More than one third of Tasmanian is protected in national parks and reserves, so there are plenty of dramatic and spectacular locations to enjoy and explore the great outdoors.
At Huon River the Whitty Touring Team grows to include Barry and Cheryl
In western Tasmania, a group of national parks Southwest National Park, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park protect the worlds last great temperate wilderness, the Tasmanian World Heritage Area.
There are extensive forest areas many are within the national parks, while in Tasmanias working forests there are dozens of forest reserves, visitors can paddle a kayak, ride a bike, bushwalk or even walk the dog.
There are marine reserves, where Tasmanias delicate and beautiful underwater environment is preserved for the future.
Tasmania has more than 2000km of world-class walking tracks, thousands of highland lakes and tarns, hundreds of clean ocean beaches, extensive underground caverns, large and small islands both remote and accessible, and enough peaks and crags to keep the keenest walkers and climbers busy for a lifetime.
Unlike mainland States where travel distances can be large, Tasmania is a compact place.
Natural area tips
There are information centres at major national parks and key destinations (for example Cradle Valley, Lake St Clair, Strahan, Geeveston, Maria Island). These centres give up-to-date information on weather and track conditions, and also provide informative interpretation displays explaining the natural history and cultural heritage of the area.
A fee is charged for entry to Tasmanias national parks all money raised protects and maintains the parks for the future. Passes are available at most National Parks and Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres.
Tasmania has a network of forest reserves within the working forests, where areas have been set aside for recreation and environmental reasons for example, to protect the habitat of birds and animals, to safeguard forest waterways, to preserve culturally-significant sites, or to provide areas for activities that arent always possible in national parks, such as horse riding and mountain biking.
If you are not geared-up to arrange your own trip, commercial tour operators can help you enjoy Tasmanias natural areas in safety and comfort. Whatever the outdoor pursuit: bushwalking, wildlife observation, white water rafting, caving, wilderness photography, rock climbing, trout fishing or cycling going with an experienced and skilled guide makes the experience enjoyable and informative.
When in Tasmania collect Tasmanias National Parks, Forests, Walks Waterways, A Guide to Natural Areas, at a Visitor Information Centre.
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