The world may have come to a grinding halt courtesy of Covid-19, but not in Tassie's Huon Valley.
Industrious locals used downtime to reimagine their businesses and launch new ventures. From saffron gins to luxe riverside cottages to the conversion of an elegant former convent, come for a sneak peak down the valley and check out the latest finds.
All Things Wild – Tahune Adventures just got a little more wild. Not only can you Airwalk 50 metres above the river but can now hang glide or raft by ancient Huon pines on the Picton. Prefer to lace up your boots and hit World Heritage Wilderness Area trails. South Cape Track and Hartz Peak are hot right now following upgrades across a landscape that never gets old, despite its shaping by ancient glaciers.
Irresistible produce – so much delish going on it’s hard to choose between wineries, cooking schools, paddock to plate bliss, cideries or farmgate stalls. Well, we’ve found some newbies for you. Transport yourself to Italy with a host of fresh courses at The Farmhouse Kitchen then try out the new paddock to plate experience at Port Cygnet Cannery or join the locals for Friday night pizza there. Drop in on Glen Huon Dairy’s new farmgate shop or book one of their farm tours.
No flavours are ordinary in these parts – Tas SAFF have new saffron gin and vodka, you’ll find small batch sourdough Huon Me Crumpets at popular brekkie haunts and Willie Smith’s Apple Shed have a new distillery tour to tempt. When you’re ready for a lie down, venture to the Cygnet Old Bank where you’ll find accommodation as well as the new Paddock, Pillows & Plates experience.
Valley Creatives – don’t be surprised if you happen across the Artbox; a roving glass-front shipping container brimming with works of local artists and community projects. It’s testament to the creativity that hums across small towns and studios tucked among the trees. Get your inspo flowing by signing up to Phoenix Creation’s latest spoon making workshop or grab a chisel and learn from the best at Australia’s only Wooden Boat Centre, making waves with a swathe of new courses.
Settle In – with so much to eat, drink and explore, a day trip is never enough. There are so many new places to rest your head ranging from Villa Talia with it’s Insta-worthy outdoor bath to the dreamy Cloud River Farm luxe cottage on the river. The Peninsula Experience offers a gorgeous Boat House with plenty of walking trails on your very own peninsula and River Run Lodge in the Far South is right on the doorstep of epic adventure.
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