The Huon Trail is the perfect touring route to take you around the area to the south of Hobart. In just a 20-minute drive, you will find a world of extensive and serene waterways, wild coastlines, quiet farmlands, boutique vineyards, and rugged but accessible World Heritage wilderness. The Huon Trail leads you to ideal places for a relaxing holiday or short break, offering an inspiring mix of outdoor adventures, accommodation to suit all budgets, delicious food – especially cheeses, cherries, stone fruits, berries, meats and the freshest of seafood – top class cool-climate wines, a rich maritime, forest and rural heritage, and friendly, creative people.
There are four areas along The Huon Trail – the Huon Valley, the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Bruny Island and the remote and wild Far South. Each of these areas offers unique experiences and attractions ranging from towering sea cliffs, dramatic mountain peaks, ancient forests, wondrous underground caves, pristine waterways, native flora and fauna and truly sensational landscapes.
So why not relax and spend a few days with us in Southern Tasmania's Huon Trail region.
The region south of Hobart is filled with tales of frogs and fossils, logs and lighthouses, tall trees and tall ships, Gondwana plants and Golden Delicious apples, wooden boats and whalers, bandicoots and blackcurrants.
The coastlines of the Huon Trail were first charted late in the 18th Century during France and Britain's race to chart and explore new lands. Captain Cook landed on Bruny Island in 1780 and in 1792 a French expedition, under Rear Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, entered the waters of the River Derwent passing through a channel which is now named in his honour. The following year brought friendly exchanges between those on D'Entrecasteaux's expedition and the Tasmanian Aboriginal people in Recherche Bay, near the southernmost end of Australia. Recherche Bay, in the far south, also inspired French botanist Labilladière who brought the first of many Tasmanian plant specimens back to his homeland, including the Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus), now Tasmania's floral emblem.
As early white settlements expanded following the establishment of Hobart in the 19th Century, so too did the development of many industries based on abundant local resources – whaling, forestry,apple growing and boatbuilding – most of which are still important economic contributors to the region. Fortunately, whaling has since been substituted with hi-tech aquaculture which produces what is considered the best Atlantic salmon in the world. The south is still home to a number of ‘working’ recreational forests and its quality timbers are still used in the building of boats of all scales.
Like Tasmania the Huon Trail region has the privilege of experiencing four distinct seasons and its temperate climate makes travelling a pleasure at any time of year. The southern region is also very fortunate to have a higher than average Tasmanian rainfall and remains green for most of the year.
There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
With an average high of 21°C (70° F) and low of 12°C (54°F), summer is a great time of year for a visit. Daylight savings means in summer we have very long twilight periods, with dusk around 8.30 – 9.00pm. This is also the cherry season and time for many great events such as the Cygnet Folk Festival and the Taste of the Huon.
Summer is the busiest time of year for visitors on the Huon Trail, so if you plan to travel during this period, be sure to book ahead!
Apple season! The Huon Valley orchards are laden with fruit at this time of year. Deciduous natives, old oaks, elms and chestnuts planted along the roadsides burst into red, orange and gold. You can expect calm, sunny days with an average high of 17°C (63°F) and low 9°C (48°F).
Although cool with an average high of 12°C (54°F) and low of 5°C (41°F), winter is a wonderful time to visit the region. The peaks of the Hartz Mountains are often dusted with snow at this time of year and form a constant backdrop to the touring route.
Winter can be wet but not as often as you might think – Hobart is actually the second driest capital in Australia. Winter days can also be calm, clear and crisp making this a great time to see amazing reflections on our sheltered waterways. With appropriate clothing, there is no limit to what you can do and see.
Spring is usually the wettest time of year but there are colourful rewards. The warming air brings colour to gardens throughout the region and apple orchards are filled with blossom. At an average high of 17°C (63°F) and low 8°C (46°F), spring days are cool, fresh and magnificent as nature bursts into life. This is a wonderful time to visit our open gardens and there is nothing better than the smell of the forest after rain.
Any time of year is a great time for an adventure on the Huon Trail.
Discover a world of rugged cliffs, secluded bays, unique wildlife, ancient forests and locally grown delicacies. Meet friendly people living in diverse communities built on their maritime, farming and forest heritage – there really is so much to see and do in the four distinct regions of the Huon Trail.
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There is no right or wrong way to tour the Huon Trail. The quiet country roads and relatively short distances from place to place make this compact region easy to get around. With so much to see and do here we recommend you drive slowly and stop regularly to truly appreciate the scenery, history, fresh produce and friendly locals of the region.
We have included some sample itineraries to help you plan your visit. For extended stays in the region, you might like to combine any of these itineraries to make a 5 or 7 day itinerary and so on.
If you require further information or a detailed map, download the Huon Trail Touring Map and Guide from the Free Downloads page or collect a copy from the nearest Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre once you’ve arrived.
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The Huon Trail consists of a wealth of experiences and activities for you to enjoy. Here you will find a comprehensive list of the many options available ranging from tours, attractions, events and hire options that are available throughout the region.
The region provides something for everyone – food and wine, wilderness and walks, waterways and adventures, arts, crafts and gardens, and history and heritage, we have it all! You definitely won’t be able to see and experience it all in a day, so no matter which ever direction you choose to travel – along the Channel Highway, over to Bruny Island, around to the Huon Valley and Far South or vice versa – you’ll be sure to discover some inspiring days on the Huon Trail.Read More Things To Do
The Huon Trail is more than just a day trip. There is so much to see and do, that you will need a good few days to get around and become immersed in the region.
There are a variety of accommodation options available in the region, including: apartments, backpackers and hostels, bed and breakfasts, cabins and cottages, caravan and camping, farm stays, holiday houses, hotels, motels, retreats and lodges, and self contained.Read More Where To Stay
The Huon Trail region enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. In general we have good rainfall that supports our magnificent old forests and our diverse agricultural base. The area has always been known for its apple growing industry and as with everything, times change. Today, the region is becoming known for producing fine seafoods, cool climate grapes, stone and berry fruits, mushrooms, saffron, grass fed beef and still our icon - apples. Much of our produce is either organic or free range.
Using the region's excellent produce, we are now making exceptional gourmet products including cheeses, wines, chocolates, jams, breads, ciders, bush foods, fruit juices, ice creams, yogurts and much more which are showcased regularly at regional events and markets held throughout the Huon Trail.
When talented chefs have acces to such excellent produce, you can be sure that dining along the Huon Trail is a special treat. Or, if you'd prefer to play hunter and gatherer, you can collect your produce along the Huon Trail and prepare a delicious meal at your accommodation. Either way, sourcing locally grown and produced food is the simplest way of enjoying life and reducing 'food miles'!Read More Where To Eat And Drink
Ferry Terminal, Kettering
Open Daily: 9am – 5pm except Christmas Day
Phone: (03) 6267 4494
Fax: (03) 6267 4266
2273 Huon Highway, Huonville
Open Daily: 9am – 5pm (Oct-Mar), 10am – 4pm (Apr-Sept) except Good Friday and Christmas Day
Phone: (03) 6264 0326
Fax: (03) 6264 0394