Hastings Caves, Tahune, Huon Valley
See what lies above and beneath this extraordinary island. Oh, and drink cider!
This day adventure takes you deep into the south of Tasmania so you can explore the highlights of this stunning region. First stop is in the picturesque Huon Valley at the infamous Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. Discover why our island was once referred to as the Apple Isle as you…
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Try one (or two) of Australia’s most popular craft ciders at the unmissable cider shed. Learn about the Huon Valley’s apple growing history at this atmospheric venue.
Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs
Step into the largest dolomite cave that is open to visitors in Australia. See spectacular stalactites, columns, shawls and stalagmites. Then warm up in a thermal-spring pool.
Walk in the treetops, cross a swinging bridge, see Huon pines and relish the views of the surrounding forest on this two-hour forest adventure.
Leaving Hobart, we descend into the beautiful Huon Valley and stop at the infamous Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. This rustic barn houses a cidery and restaurant alongside an apple museum. Sip on a tasting paddle as you learn about the Huon Valley’s history of apple growing.
See the beautiful timber boats, all crafted by hand, at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin. Learn the history of this incredible craft as you get a personalised tour of the centre.
Next, we drive deeper into the Huon Valley, hugging the river as we wind through the countryside to Hastings Caves.
Head underground with a specialist guide to explore the largest dolomite cave open to visitors in Australia. See spectacular stalactites, columns, shawls and stalagmites. The cave is spacious with no narrow passages, however, there are 250 stairs with handrails leading in and out of the cave.
Feeling chilly from the cave experience? Warm up in the nearby swimming pool which is fed by thermal springs. The water is 28 degrees Celsius all year.
Spend two hours exploring the forest at Tahune Adventures. Walk among the treetops on the Airwalk – a steel canopy that overlooks the forest floor 50 metres below. Breathe deep as you do a forest walk and be brave as you cross the river on a swinging bridge. Follow the Huon Pine Trail and touch and smell one of Australia’s oldest living trees.
Find out how fire has affected the forest and see firsthand the natural regeneration that occurs in a forest environment.
For the thrill-seekers, there’s an optional extra to take on the Cable Eagle Hang Glider. Be whisked 250 metres across the Huon River at speeds of up to 40 km per hour.
There is an opportunity to purchase lunch at the licenced café. Enjoy local produce, Tassie wine and cider.
If you choose the extended tour (not available in winter), we will head to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. The drive goes through temperate rainforest and sub-alpine flora and past striking glacial rock formations. At the summit you will have spectacular panoramic views of Hobart, the River Derwent, Bruny Island and the Huon Valley. It’s the perfect end to the adventure.