Port Huon Things to Do

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    Enjoy the lush flora/huge trees, etc

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 17, 2013
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    This is not hard to do, when you drive to the Huon Valley via the Huon Highway, you will be confronted with amazing flora and fauna but the flora- especially giant trees! Another plus, it will not cost you much too!

    There are various types of native flora found in the valley. Just driving through the Huon Highway, you will find lots of them aside from the views of the water.

    In our area, Port Huon, in our property alone, there are ancient trees- tree ferns,gum trees, and many more native species- often they are evergreen so it means they don't shed leaves or change colour even in winter. Hence the sight of lush greenery everywhere you go. This place is a haven for nature lovers like us!

    Other attractions with lush green and huge and ancient trees are at the Hartz Mountain and Tahune Air Walk. But if you are in a hurry, you can still enjoy the greenery just around the Huon Highway from Huonville to Port Huon (Geeveston and Dover are a bit far off from Hobart).

    Don't forget your camera!

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    Try buying apples at any of the Honesty stalls

    by AusPinay Written Jul 17, 2013
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    Fresh apples harvested straight from the tree are readily available in many honesty stalls that line the long stretch of the Huon Highway in the Huon Valley. The apples are usually tree ripened and the freshness preserved in cool fridges with no one manning the stalls.

    They rely on people's honesty by putting the payment- normally coins- inside boxes marked with the right amount.
    This has been going on for many years and people really do pay and give the right amount (there are cameras in a one or two stalls but usually they really depend on the honesty of the buying public who composed the locals and tourists alike.

    Apples are not the only one for sale in honesty stalls- there are locally harvested potatoes, different kinds of fruits and vegies as well, even flowers. The apples are also very cheap- often $3 for a 2 kilo bag!

    So the next time visit the Huon valley, watch out for those honesty stalls and make sure you bring lots of coins.

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    Fishing and Camping at Shipwrights Point

    by AusPinay Written May 31, 2013
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    This place is a popular camping ground for travelers and campers. At $10 a night, it is no surprise! With the best views and great fishing jetty nearby, you can't go wrong. My hubby and our boys come here for the fishing but we see lots of people especially from Thursday to the weekend stopping here for a quick rest or overnight stay or a few days' stay.

    The place is under the Huon Valley Council. You don't even have to book as you turn up and later on, usually in the afternoon, a Council staff comes round to collect the fees, that easy!

    It is nicely located along the Huon Highway, just around a kilometre to the Port Huon Marina and nearby Kermandie Hotel, The Cafe and Aquatic Sports Centre for more activities and for supplies and dining options.

    Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied.

    The nearby jetty offers good fishing and a boat ramp. Most of the shady, grassed sites have lovely views over the water. There is also the added convenience of a dump point. Turn off the Huon Hwy on a sweeping bend 1 km north of Port Huon. A short access track leads to the campsites. Maximum stay is 4 days.

    The town of Franklin is also around 10 minutes away which has more dining options-cafes, pub style food, etc.

    So if you have your fishing rods with you, just cast it and you might be lucky to catch flatheads, salmon, cod, bread or barracouta. Our boys usually do, so good luck!

    Contact-Huon Valley Council (03) 6264 0300 (If you cannot contact the Council by phone, go to their website-http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/page.aspx#)

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    Visiting/Docking at Port Puon Marina for boaties

    by AusPinay Written Apr 15, 2013
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    It is a great place to visit for both boaties and non boaties..even our family., We fish here and just communing with nature is the best as it is free!

    But if you have a boat or yacht, you can use the facilities here for a reasonable fee.

    According to their website-For boat owners who enjoy sheltered water and cool climate cruising just a whisper away from the southern Tasmanian wilderness, the D'Entrecasteaux Channel is one of the best. Think raw, wild peaks of the Hartz Mountains National Park towering over lush apple orchards (from which the "Apple Isle' nickname originated) that tumble down into the Huon River. Windless days offer idyllic seascapes as the mist hovers above the water before it climbs up the valley where it seemingly blends into the hovering cloud that conceals the mountaintops.

    Kermandie Hotel & Marina Port Huon, south of Huonville and north of Dover, is ideally placed for boaties to take advantage of this very special cruising ground. A small, intimate marina, Kermandie Marina is the kind of old fashioned place where everybody knows each other and keeps an eye on each other's boats. Don't expect high tech swipe cards with silver service restaurants and valet parking here. It's a modern, simple and secure 80-berth floating marina and it's very, very friendly. Plus there's the added bonus of the Kermandie Hotel right across the road, which boasts traditional country hospitality with a terrific restaurant that specialises in local seafood and produce.

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    Geeveston Family Fun Day

    by AusPinay Written Apr 7, 2013
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    Geeveston, just five minutes from Port Huon has a family fun day held yearly every first Saturday of April where families can have an enjoyable day to take the most of the sunny weather before the cold winter.

    There are stalls offering home made pies, treats like fairy floss, pastries and cakes and even exhibits from the classic car enthusiasts, and more stalls offering crafts, clothes and other goodies -local products from the area.

    The fire trucks are also there to give advice on fire and bush fire preventions and other businesses in the area give other information that are relevant to the community.

    Geeveston is the gateway to the adventure forest and Tahune Air Walk at the Tahune Forest Reserve, around 30 minutes from the town. the Heritage and Visitors Centre provide information and other relevant history of the place - where forestry and timber are the main industry. Wood products abound and beautiful works of wood and other sculptures of personalities that shaped the area can be found around the town centre.

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    at Tassie's far south-Cockle Creek

    by AusPinay Written Apr 7, 2013
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    Cockle Creek, Tasmania on the edge of the South west National Park at the far south of Tasmania. It is the farthest point south one can drive in Australia,about 1 48 km from Hobart via the Huon Highway and located on Recherche Bay on the edge of the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

    The place is widely known for its pristine scenic beauty of deserted white sandy beaches and brilliant turquoise waters of Recherche Bay.

    You can do a variety of short and multi-day bushwalks including the end of the 82 km South Coast Track, recommended for experienced bushwalkers equipped for wilderness walking.fe Service offers an artists residency program at Cockle Creek "for an individual or collaboration of practising artists working in any art form to develop their work in response to the natural environment of Tasmania." ( Source-Wikipedia)

    A bronze sculpture of an infant southern right whale and interpretive sign on a small promontory a 5 minute walk from the car park explains the area's history of settlement around bay whaling, timber getting and coal mining. Longer walks include to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and ruins of the Pilot Station and a track to South East Cape for cliff-top views of the Southern Ocean and Maatsuyker Island.

    We have been so much in awe and felt so blessed to visit such natural and pristine beauty- we promise to go back!

    This place is not surprisingly popular with campers of all kinds- campervans and trailers are often staying here for long periods of time even!

    It is also the start/finish point of the South Coast Track to Melaleuca, and boasts great short walks to South Cape Bay and Fishers Point.

    Note that apart from basic toilets, a pay phone, Parks & Wildlife station and information there are no services or facilities in the area.

    Also, beware of the annoying bees buzzing about in the summer!

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    Explore the adventure forest at Tahune Forest

    by AusPinay Written Apr 7, 2013
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    A lot of opportunities to enjoy the simple activity of walking and exploring the forest reserve of Tahune:

    Whether you’re looking for a peaceful forest ramble or are up for a more challenging hike, one of Tahune’s trails is sure to fit the bill. We picked our own pace and own path to the AirWalk and took time out to enjoy one of the many forest walks en route to the Air Walk.

    This made us feel confident and not competing with others so there was no pressure if you like to slow down and absorb the beauty around which was what we did!

    Giant trees mingle with various Australian native shrubs and several native animals can also be seen here.

    There are ample amenities too like - BBQ Facilities
    Cafe (Full licensed cafe and retail outlet.)
    Car park
    Catering
    Coach Parking

    There's a fair drive before your reach the entrance to the adventure forest but make sure you get your tickets at the Heritage Centre in Main Road, Geeveston.

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    Walk among the giants at Tahune Air Walk

    by AusPinay Written Apr 7, 2013
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    Experience the breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling swinging bridges across the Huon and Picton Rivers and a natural beauty that you will feel so blessed to have seen!

    Indeed, walking among the giants of the forest, among the largest trees in the world is a great and memorable feeling. The awesome trees, their evergreen leaves sparkling in the sun and the thrill of crossing swinging bridges are just some of the unforgettable memories you will be taking with you when you visit the place!

    We took out time walking along the enormous footpath nestled high up the forest to make you feel like you're walking on air with the giant trees seemingly within reach. We marveled at the might rivers through the swinging bridges which can be accessed through a fair walk so make sure you wear comfy shoes.

    There are picnic areas but the inviting cafe made the trip extra special with gourmet food served there.

    Some other activities you can enjoy:
    Barbecue
    Birdwatching
    Bushwalking
    Camping
    Canoeing
    Self-Guided
    White Water Rafting
    Para gliding

    Admission-

    Adult $25.00
    Family $50.00
    Child $12.50 From 5 to 16 years old.
    Concession $22.50 Students and Seniors Card holders.

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    Swimming and Exploring Dover Beach

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 7, 2013
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    Dover is a seaside town around 20 minutes from Port Huon and an entirely tranquil place as it can be reached through the winding and often steep Huon Highway, so lots of caution is needed navigating this road. But, you will be rewarded with natural and pristine waters, especially Dover beach.

    It has ample amenities playground for families with young kids, toilet blocks, barbecue facilitiies and safe wading area for the little one. Water is richly azure and often pleasant, though there might be some jellyfish at certain seasons. But summer is glorious here with the sun still shining till late afernoon and when it is most safe to avoid the harsh sun. Despite it being often cooler than in other part of the Huon valley, it is still fun wading in the clear waters of the beach or playing on the soft sandy beach.

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    Visit Gourmet Sushi Chef Masaki(VT Flag contest)

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 7, 2013
    Famous Gourmet Sushi Chef Masaki in Geeveston

    Masaki is a famous Japanese gourmet sushi Chef who has a shop at Geeveston, near the World heritage site of Tahune nature reserve's Tahune Airwalk. Masaki has famous supporters like the Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai.

    We've visited his shop and enjoyed the wide array of sushi freshly prepared and hand made personally by Masaki himself.

    He makes use of fresh locally produced ingredients like the blue fin tuna, Australian salmon, wasabi -which he grows in his place at Port Huon (we discovered recently we both live in the area, fancy that!) and other products of high quality. (His stall at the iconic fresh food markets on Sundays at Hobart often see long lines of people eagerly wanting to sample his delectable offerings.

    Geeveston is also the gateway to the far south of Tasmania and several world heritage sites.

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    Hastings Caves State Reserve

    by AusPinay Written Apr 7, 2013
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    Visiting the Hastings Caves State Reserve offers visitors a great range of activities- relaxing in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool, trekking and enjoyingthe rich forests of the reserve and, the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave. Both the thermal pool and the trail which leads through the surrounding forests are accessible to wheelchair users.

    We were filled with awe as we trekked through the forest oggling at the greenness of the giant tree ferns, huge tree trunks mostly filled with moss and the general beauty of the area.

    It was great experience being in a place filled with natural beauty which is still regenerating after all these years.

    The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service conducts 45-minute tours through Newdegate's large, highly decorated cavern. Formations in the cave are spectacular and include flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites - tendrils of calcite that grow in all directions in tiny filaments.

    There are ample walking tracks and wooden platforms so it is safe for all ages as long as you wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing as it can be cold in the forest and especially inside the caves where the temperature is around 9 degrees Centigrade.

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    Exploring Newdegate Cave at Hastings Cave

    by AusPinay Written Apr 7, 2013
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    Hastings caves were first discovered by some loggers (illegal it seems) in 1916 and the area was made into a protected Reserve to stop all loggings in the area. They are dolomite caves.

    You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The Cave is spacious and well-lit and there are no narrow passages.

    Dolomite is characterised by pearly white and pinkish crystal, and should not be confused with that famous Tasmanian rock, dolerite, which weathers into tall grey flutes such as those you see on Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain. (Source-http://www.discovertasmania.com/activities__and__attractions/popular_attractions/hastings_caves)

    According to the Parks and Wildllife Service:

    The Hastings Caves State Reserve offers visitors a variety of experiences, from relaxing in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool, walking in the rich forests of the reserve and, the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave. Both the thermal pool and the trail which leads through the surrounding forests are accessible to wheelchair users.

    Named after Sir Francis Newdegate, the Governor of Tasmania from 1917-1920, Newdegate Cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia which occurs in dolomite, rather than limestone.

    Its richly decorated chambers began forming tens of millions of years ago. Don't miss the opportunity to take a tour of the cave with qualified Parks and Wildlife Service guides.

    There are ample amenities- toilets, nearby thermal springs pool, shower area, kiosk/cafe and souvenir shop.

    It is open everyday including Christmas day. There are guided cave tours set on a specific time so check the schedule at the website. Bookings are also required for groups of 12 or more so call the phone number listed here.

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    Walking along the Huon River

    by AusPinay Written Mar 11, 2013

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    Walking along the Huon River starting at Huonville is an interesting activity as it offers people a brief history of the area/valley using several wooden sculptures dotted along the walking paths with views of the mighty Huon River.

    The river also has a rich bounty of flora and fauna that adds to the picturesque setting for a relaxing walk or jog along the river.

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    Forest and Heritage Centre at Geeveston

    by AusPinay Written Mar 11, 2013
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    Not too far from Port Huon is the very interesting centre which showcases the history of the area and the surrounding forests.

    The various products that are produced using the wood taken from the forests in the area especially in Geeveston are exhibited and also the pioneering locals who made their mark in the town's industry and progress throughout the years.

    There are amazing art works, wooden sculptures and other interesting artefacts associated with logging and the wood industry.

    You can also buy souvenirs here and tickets to the nearby popular attraction, the Tahune Airwalk.

    There are amenities, ample parking and nearby are charming shops, lovely cafes, a second hand shop,supermarket and even a Japanese sushi shop/dining place, among others.

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    Franklin jetty-for camping or nature tripping

    by AusPinay Updated Mar 11, 2013
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    Lots of people -tourists particularly camp out in this area as there are ample amenities for their basic needs like-Public Toilets
    General Store, Hotel / Motel, Banking: 10 Km, Slipway and Bait and Tackle shop

    Aside from the tranquil and beautiful setting, the place, nestled beside the Huon River in Franklin is indeed an oasis for both humans and animals.

    There is a walking and jogging track and the Council maintains the area. For a small fee the caravans and campervans and campers can stay overnight or choose to stay longer as fishing is just nearby too. Plenty of opportunities to commune with nature!

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