The Southern Trail is a journey of discovery through a region of waterways and wilderness, art and craft, forests and fishing boats, orchards and vineyards. Rich in pioneer heritage, the region is noted for its exceptional variety of landscapes, from the still waters of the tranquil Huon River to the magnificent forests of the Hartz Mountains National Park.
Duration: 2 - 4 days
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Hobart – Geeveston
- Depart Hobart on the Southern Outlet (A6) towards Kingston and follow the signs to Huonville, a drive of around 30 minutes.
- On the way, stop at the Huon Valley Apple and Heritage Museum at Grove and discover the traditions behind the once flourishing apple orchards of the region.
- In Huonville, take a thrilling (and sometime peaceful) jet boat ride on the Huon River – a great way to admire this beautiful river scape, complete with Huon pines. This now rare species is one of the oldest living things on earth, with some more than 2,000 years old.
- Nearby, enjoy the region's produce at Home Hill Winery Restaurant at Ranelagh, with its stunning architecture and a menu of local Huon Valley seasonal produce – salmon, oysters, beef, trout, lamb, fruits and vegetables, including the famed Huon Valley mushrooms – all served in a picture-postcard rural setting.
- Beyond Huonville lies the historic township of Franklin, with its fascinating Wooden Boat Centre and Boat Building School, where shipwrights impart traditional skills to students from around the world.
- Further on at Geeveston, the Forest and Heritage Centre is a must for anyone interested in the state's forest industries.
- This is also the place to buy tickets to the Tahune Forest AirWalk, a truly magical treetop experience, before driving 30 minutes through a working forest to the AirWalk itself. Fly like an eagle in a hang glider attached to a 220 metre cable above a 70 metre high forest and the Huon River below.
- Overnight in any of the pretty locations between Huonville and Geeveston or return to Hobart