The beautiful Huon Valley makes for one of the best drives in the state and it's just 30 minutes from Hobart. Leaving the city and passing behind the Wellington Range, you'll soon find yourself at Huonville and the start of the Huon Valley where the highway meets the mighty Huon River.
Before Huonville, stop at the Apple Shed Museum, Cider House and Providore at Grove and discover the traditions behind the once flourishing apple orchards of the region along with contemporary techniques for making organic cider.
From Huonville the road follows the Huon River, once the lifeblood of the region, for some 20 kilometres south to Port Huon and then Geeveston where the river broadens before joining the sea.
At Franklin, visit the fascinating Wooden Boat Centre and Boat Building School where shipwrights impart traditional skills to students from around the world. Over the road is Village Antiques of Franklin where you can wander through two stories of rooms filled with olden-day gems and ponder the lives of the people who once owned them.
Continue on to Port Huon. The stretch between Franklin and Port Huon is one of the best you’ll find in Tasmania. If the weather is calm, the reflections in the Huon River are unsurpassed. Keep your eye out for roadside stalls on the way.
At the far end of the valley past Port Huon is Geeveston and the nearby Hartz Mountains National Park.
At Geeveston, the Forest and Heritage Centre is a must for anyone interested in the state's forests. This is also the place to buy tickets to the Tahune Forest AirWalk, one of Tasmania's most popular attractions and a great way to experience Tasmania's wilderness.
Also nearby is the Hastings Caves Reserve where you can relax in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool, walk in the forests of the reserve and enjoy the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave, the largest tourist cave in Australia.
Return to Huonville then turn off for an alternative route back to Hobart along the meandering shoreline of the D'Entrecasteux Channel past the picturesque small townships scattered among the hills.
Don't miss the hamlet of Woodbridge with its waterside restaurant, Peppermint Bay, featuring local produce served in a beautiful setting.
Next door is Grandvewe Cheeses where you can watch sheep being milked in preparation for the production of their fine organic cheeses, all of which can be sampled in their tasting room.
And at Taroona, just before you reach Hobart, climb to the top of the Shot Tower (1870) for terrific views of the Derwent River estuary and a fascinating insight into the art of making lead gunshot. It's right beside the highway - you can't miss it.
With unbelievably fresh produce, beautiful countryside, wilderness and waterways, a drive down the Huon Valley makes for a great day's entertainment. If you can, it's worth staying overnight in one of the many small townships in the valley, but if time is short and you only have a few hours to spare consider a day drive and enjoy a taste of the Huon.
For more things to do in the Huon Valley see our self-drive itinerary Huon Trail.