Highlights of Huon Valley

In these trying times, we could all do with some bright and shiny news. The stars of the Huon Valley are glowing valiantly despite the pandemic, and we’ve found just the right sprinkling of stardust to share with you. Some are new and some are champions that have forever remained radiant. Whether it’s aurora-spotting in ancient wilderness or sipping the world’s first sassafras spirit, there are plenty of stars to wish upon down south.

Read: The best places to see the southern lights

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Wild side wonders – hit the road until you can drive no further south in Australia and find yourself at Cockle Creek. For aurora Australis/southern lights enthusiasts this outpost is a favourite and if those lights don’t dance, the star gazing is next level. Set up camp, take off on the recently upgraded South Cape Bay walk or tackle one of Australia’s epic coastal multi-day treks, the South Coast Track.

World Heritage wilderness pairs well with a stop at Hastings Caves with its thermal springs and a sneaky stay complete with outdoor bath (under those stars!) at Huon Bush Retreats.

Paddock to plate champs – celebrities like to tuck themselves away in the Huon Valley. Of course, we can’t divulge any names but there’s one that shines brightly and who has inspired many to their ‘valley-change’ – that’s SBS Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans. Whether it’s lunch and some cracking good wines or small farm design, there are lots of workshops on offer at Fat Pig Farm.

Drop into Touchwood Farm for some goat milk soap and get among the local stars at Scrubby Hill Farm Market – the community neighbourhood garden and market. The highland cows also consider themselves stars, so be sure to give them a nod.

Read: Tasmania’s top spots for shopping and markets

Sparkling stars in a glass – the wineries, cideries and distilleries of the Huon Valley have an Olympic-level swag of medals and collective awards. At Home Hill Winery and Restaurant try the Jimmy Watson trophy winner – their 2014 Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir. Kate Hill Wines is a new addition nearby, featuring an intimate tasting room. For cider, don’t miss Frank’s in the old church at Franklin and much-loved Willie Smith’s Apple Shed.

Those looking for something really exciting should head to The Bakehouse Distillery at Dover to sample the world’s first sassafras spirit. Don’t rush back to town, settle into nationally prized Ashdowns of Dover. They won gold in the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards Hosted Accommodation category and Gary’s hearty breakfasts are trophy-worthy, too.

Shooting star adventure – ever wanted to shoot your way up a river at high speed with one of Tassie’s oldest adventure experiences? Then hop aboard with Huon Jet Boat. It’s not all spins and mayhem, your driver might point out a Huon pine or two along the shores as well. For a novel rush, get your thrill-seeking fix with man’s best friend. At Sled Dog Adventures Tasmania you don’t need snow for unforgettable dryland fun. Or explore the Far South from the seat of a kayak with Esperance Adventures.

Read: Tasmania’s new food, wellness and nature experiences

Creative luminaries – they may be understated and humble but the artisans of the valley are among Tassie’s finest. They are drawn to the valley for its strong creative community, quiet vibes, and nature’s inspiration.

Keep a look out for the roving ARTBOX exhibitions, a shipping container packed full of local artistic talent. Or walk in the footsteps of Rosehaven TV stars in Geeveston.

Curious about other lustrous stars of the valley? Just visit www.huonvalleytas.com/

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