Feb
16
2014

Tasmania’s sensational South

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Head to some of the southernmost points of Tasmania, and in fact Australia, in this fascinating region. 

Want to know some of the reasons why you should follow the compass south on your trip to this illustrious island? Read on!

New Norfolk

Just a 30 minute drive from Hobart, this town is right on the Derwent River, providing it with a hefty dose of natural beauty. It's got a gorgeous rural feel but at the same time there's always something going on.

Wander the quaint streets sheltered by tall trees, check out the hop-growing area that produces much of the hops for Aussie breweries, and explore historic buildings such as Australia's oldest Anglican church, St Matthews.

Make sure you spend some time in the traditional village square, too. You'll feel like you're almost in mediaeval times! 

New Norfolk is also a hub of activity for those who love antiques. There's plenty of furniture on sale at specialty stores from colonial times, not to mention plenty of Art Deco trinkets. 

Not far from New Norfolk, you'll also come across Mount Field National Park, with its amazing falls, and a world removed from the sights in the valleys leading to it.

Whereas northern Tasmania has a place named Paradise, the Derwent Valley is home to a locality named Plenty. It is easy to see why this area was named so; the first trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere and a amazingly well designed system of canals connecting farmland worked by early settlers and convicts. You can explore aspects of those times at historic Redlands Estate.

Cygnet

Cygnet is an small town nestled between the elegant D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the Huon River.

It's an oasis for lovers of fresh produce, considering its apple, cherry and berry orchards peppered throughout the area. Indulge your sweet tooth in this healthy way, then head to the Red Velvet Lounge for even more mouthwatering delights – and perhaps an indulgent dessert. 

Panorama Vineyard and Hartzview Vineyard are also incredibly great places to visit, especially for those wine aficionados out there here. Not to mention, at Hartzview there is a collection of heritage picker’s huts which allows you to go back in time and see how the original orchard workers and owners lived. 

If you still have time after all that, check out the shops that sell and display great arts and crafts, embark upon the Cygnet Art Trail, or head to the nearby swimming beaches Verona Sands and Randalls Bay.

Geeveston

This extremely unique and creative town is home to fantastic artwork and great food and eateries, too.

Love apples? Check out the range of orchards dotted in the region. Make sure you stock up on all your favourite varieties of this fruit at roadside stalls. 

Explore the nearby natural wonders, such as the Hartz Mountains National Park and all the natural wonders that the Huon and Picton rivers contain.

Then there's the incomparable Tahune Forest Reserve. Here you can embark upon the Tahune Airwalk, which takes you up into the canopy to check out spectacular views. Prepare to be wandering around 48 metres in the air! 

When you're back on solid ground, check out the Forest and Heritage Centre in Church Street where there is a hands-on interpretation of past and present forest practices. The township is dotted with hand-carved timber sculptures, and top it all off seek out a great meal – you wouldn’t think of sushi first up, but a local has created quite a reputation with his creations.

Huonville

You've heard a lot about the Huon River, but it's time to discover its heart. You can find it at Huonville. Some of its highlights? Stunning views of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Huon River itself, picturesque orchards and pleasant rural vistas. 

Try a jet boat ride along the Huon River or D'Entrecasteaux Channel, try your hand at fishing, or perhaps even jump in a kayak for a gentle paddle. 

Explore the town's main street and discover everything from mouthwatering pastries to second-hand books, crafts and more.

When you've worked up an appetite, make sure you try a few of the region's specialities, such as a whole range of fruit and honey and salmon so fresh it just melts in your mouth. 

Now that you know all about the south of Tasmania – what are you going to do first? 

Cygnet - Image Credit: The Australian

Schooner at Cygnet Tasmania - Image Credit: My Sailing - Around Australia with Jack and Jude

Tahune Airwalk - Image Credit: Tahune Airwalk dot com

New Norfolk from Pulpit Rock Lookout - Image Credit: Wikipedia

Redlands Estate at Plenty - Image Credit: On The Convict Trail Blog

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