Jan
29
2014

2 towns to experience near Hobart

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Tasmania's bustling city of Hobart offers plenty of things to see and do. But if you feel like a change of scene, there are many great experiences waiting to be discovered just outside of the city limits.

Here are two great towns that provide plenty of activities for you, only a short distance from Hobart.

Sorell

Sorell is a small town and a perfect place to while away an afternoon. It's only a half hour drive east of Hobart and the scenery on the way is well-worth a look, so it definitely rates well for convenience.

But what really makes the town so special is its heritage. It's one of Tasmania's oldest towns so there are plenty of historic sights and buildings. The town was first explored in 1805 and has experienced its fair share of excitement. For example, in 1925, bushranger Matthew Brady held up the town jail and freed its prisoners!

In addition, it's a thriving mecca for fruit lovers,  who can sample everything from strawberries to tayberries. At the Sorell Fruit Farm you can pick your own fruits to take home, offering the freshest produce you can get your hands on. Head to the area in September or October, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom making the farm even more delightful. It's the perfect time to relax at the cafe with a delicious cup of coffee and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Be sure to stroll the historic streets, visiting the old Roman Catholic, Scot's Uniting and St George's churches.  There are also some great barracks, antique stores and pubs, so there's more than enough to fill your day in this quaint town.

Huonville

There are few places in the world as peaceful as the Huon River, and Huonville is where you can explore the best of it. Not only that, it's only a 40 minute drive from Hobart so it's another easy daytrip.

It's another great destination for foodies, as more than half of Tasmania's apples are produced in the town. Try some while you're at an orchard – but you won't just be limited to this crunchy delight. Cherries, plums, pears, apricots and mushrooms are also grown in the region.

One of the best times to experience all the flavours this town has to offer is during March, when the annual Taste of the Huon festival is in full swing celebrating the harvest.

In between tastings, why not take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Huon River to get that adrenalin pumping? Or for those keen on a more serene experience, kayaking, fishing or gliding along in a paddleboat are extremely memorable too.

Of course, one of the highlights of Huonville is the fact that it is taking a new turn with the burgeoning ‘ciderscape’ emerging in Tasmania. The former Apple Museum at Grove has been transformed by producer Willie Smith into a great stop to sip, dine and explore the history of the family which has an enormous number of descendants in the region. They lived and breathed orcharding here through its many phases.

Remember, enjoy Hobart, but don't forget there are some amazing experiences to be had just a stone's throw away.

Sorell Fruit Farm - Image Credit: The Mercury

Willie Smith's Cider and Apple Museum near Huonville - Image Credit: Craig Clark

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