The Tasmanian forest festival is held at Heritage Park, Geeveston, the end of March each year.
It showcases, Tasmania's forest industries. The INTERNATIONAL CHAINSAW CARVING GRAND PRIX is held on the Saturday, then on the Sunday, the carving is completed and winner announced. In 2007, New Zealander, Deborah Lloyd won with her carving of "taz" which is on display infront of the Forest & Heritage Centre in Geeveston. Finished carvings were auctioned.
This reserve is on the banks of the Huon River, located 62ks from Hobart. The Tahune Air walk, is located20metres above the ground, so that you walk amongst the tree tops. The views are of the forest and the Junction of the Huon and Picton Rivers. There is also a Huon Pine trail, this is an easy 20minute loop.
For the adventurous, there is the Eagle hang glide, where they say you fly like an Eagle, but are attached to a 220 metre cable above a 70metre high forest. Located 5mins from car park. We didn't do this , only the 2 walks.
A new adventure, only opened May 2008, are two swinging bridges across the two rivers.
Entrance fee in 2008 is $22 and this is bought at the visitor centre before continuing on to the airwalk. The centre has arts and crafts and a Bistro.
Forestry Tasmania maintains several lookouts, walking trails and picnic areas on the route to the Tahune Airwalk. These are well worth stopping off to see.
One I can recommend is the Arve River Picnic Ground. This is located on the Arve Road about 14kms from Geeveston . The Arve River runs beside the picnic area, there is some shelter and several out door picnic tables. The BBQ's are for wood fires so cannot be used on fire ban days. There are toilets nearby also.
The walk is a short one with a posted time of 10 minutes round trip. However although it is a well made path it does have a lot of steps so may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. It can also be slippery when wet.
You will walk into a little piece of temperate rain forest. There are huge ferns and enormous moss covered logs which look as if they have just had a chunk hewn out of them to allow for the path. I think that doing this walk will give a better appreciation of the forest and is like an appetiser for the Airwalk.