Huon Valley & D'Entrecasteaux Channel Travel Guide

Huon River, Franklin, Tasmania

Beginning to the south of Hobart, the Huon Trail winds its way through the Huon Valley and D'Entrecasteaux Channel all the way to Bruny Island. A stunning tourist drive, the area is renowned for its pretty scenery made up of dark forests, rivers lined with pine trees and glittering seas. The drive is easy and allows you to truly appreciate the beauty of the region up close, however there are flights available from Cambridge Airport which operate to Melaleuca in the wilderness of the southwest.

Things To Do in Huon Valley

  • Follow the coast south through Taroona and enjoy stunning views, pristine waterways, sprawling apple orchards and salmon farms as well as amazing views from the oldest round shot tower in the world.
  • Explore crafts, antique dealers and wonderful art galleries and studios including Franklin's Frogmouth Gallery.
  • Navigate the waterways with historic yachts, rafts, kayaks, runabouts, cruise boats and even jet boats.
  • Take a dip in the thermal pool of Hastings Caves as you explore underground.
  • Learn about Tasmania's apple-growing heritage near Huonville at Grove's Apple and Heritage Museum.
  • The memorable walks of Hartz Mountains National Park offers alpine moorlands, ice-carved crags and lakes.
  • Enjoy the stunning gardens of Margate's Avi-Fauna and Flora, Woodbridge's Magnus Garden, Bruny Island's Morella Gardens, Glazier's Bay's Scented Rose Garden Geeveston's Jackson's daffodil farm.
  • Examine the salmon farms of Port Huon and Dover or try and hook your own at Snowy Range Trout Fishery.
  • Throughout the area there are a number of vineyards where you can try wines and liqueurs as well as the Jam Factory in Doran which offers a taste of the local berries.
  • The sheltered harbour in Kettering is home to a number of cruising yachts and fishing vessels which make for a wonderful sight.
  • Catch the ferry to Bruny Island for lovely countryside, rugged coastline, lighthouses, maritime heritage at the Bligh Museum and Alonnah History Room or fascinating wildlife including the penguins of Neck Reserve and camel tours of the Great Bay.
  • Visit Australia's southernmost part at Cockle Creek, a tiny settlement where a two hour walk finds you staring into the Southern Ocean at what feels like the edge of the world. A four hour walk will also take you to South Cape Bay.