The Huon Valley is one of Tasmania’s most picturesque and bountiful regions. It was first settled in the 1840s, with the newly arrived Europeans quick to establish an apple growing industry that would thrive for the best part of a century. Today more than 80 percent of the state’s apples are still grown here and, as a result, Tasmania is commonly known as ‘the apple isle’.
Agriculture is a great attraction for the day-tripper with pears, berries, stone fruits and mushrooms grown locally. Honey, cider and sheep’s milk cheeses are also produced, and the local aquaculture industry is thriving.
The Valley is home to the Huon River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel, making it an ideal destination for boating and fishing activities. Head inland and you can explore forestry in all its forms. The 620-metre long Tahune AirWalk is a unique sky-high forest experience offering an aerial view of the treetops and the Picton River.
Much of the forest in this region is part of the UNESCO listed Tasmanian Wilderness and a visit to the pristine Hartz Mountain National Park should not be missed for its crystal clear waters and vibrantly coloured plant life. The Forest and Heritage Centre in Geeveston has some great background information and this part of southern Tasmania is home to the famous Huon pine.
The stunning Huon Trail is a 273-kilometre route starting in Hobart that winds its way south through the Huon Valley, across to Bruny Island and down to Geeveston then back again. The drive takes in the very best of the region – its fertile stretches of orchards and farmland, great forests and waterways and thermal springs and dolomite caves.
The Huon Valley’s natural beauty will take your breath away and its grandeur will stay with you, making sure you come back again and again.