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. We drive through the historic riverside village of Franklin which still honours the traditional craft of building wooden boats. Soak in the views as we go further south. Head…
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.
Lunch at the Kermandie Hotel
Enjoy a delicious lunch with a view (October to April). Built in 1932, the Kermandie Hotel remains the heart of Port Huon, offering charming, comfortable accommodation, great food (lunch & dinner), a fully restored bar and its own marina.
Leaving Hobart, we quickly we descend into the beautiful Huon Valley as we embark on our two hour drive. We drive through the beautiful winding roads of the Deep South as we head to our first destination, 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.
Next, we explore more of the Huon Valley as we wind through the countryside toward Tahune Adventures.
Between October and April we stop at the historic Kermandie Hotel. Built in 1932, the charming Kermandie remains the heart of Port Huon. Here you can enjoy a delicious lunch with spectacular views over its private marina on the Huon River. In the colder months you can enjoy lunch at the Tahune Adventures café.
After lunch we venture into the forest at Tahune, where we will spend two hours exploring the forest. 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 to see and smell one of Australia’s oldest living trees. Find out how fire has affected the forest and see first-hand 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.
During the longer days of summer, our last stop on our way back to Hobart is 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 (not included in price) as you learn about the Huon Valley’s history of apple growing.
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Jack was our fabulous guide for the day & he was a wealth of knowledge & a great sense of humour to boot!
Jack told us snippets of interesting facts as we passed throughout the small towns along the way, making it a memorable tour.
He highlighted many interesting local spots & interacted with all of us- including our 10yr old daughter. It was a magnificent day, exploring a part of Tasmania we had not been to before. The van was clean & comfortable & Jacks driving was superb on the windy country roads! We will definitely using your great service again to explore other parts of Tassie!
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Thank you for your lovely feedback! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your day out with Tours around Tasmania. We will be sure to pass your kind words on to Jack.
Both the tour & its organisation are worth commenting on. I was caught up in COVID test delays & George could not have been more accommodating, including rearranging things the evening before the tour when the test finally came through. On the day, Gerard was a true guide, not just a driver. He brings lived experience, tactful explanations of history, personal recommendations & does everything to make sure that you don’t just get delivered to a place, but told how to get the most out of it. He was good company on the drive and made it an experience, not just a tour.
I am writing to thank your company and especially Jack for a fabulous trip. My friends and I went to the caves, thermal pools and air walk yesterday and we had a great day. Jack was very professional and knowledgable. He allowed us to stop and buy fruit and let my son play in the playground. My son left his hat on the bus and Jack returned it to our motel.
Fantastic trip! Jack was wonderful in finding stops for pictures and telling us about the history of the various towns we passed through. The cave was amazing and the air walk terrifying but fun. We all had a great day out.
4 of us booked a 7 days Tasmania private tour though Travel with a cause. George of Tours around Tasmania designed the tour for us, the tour arrangement is 10 out of 10 Thanks George.
I was a tour operation manager of a big outbound tour company in over sea over 20 years starting from tour leader for Asia tour and later long haul tour as tour leader and guide for Europe US and Australia and NZ, because of my experience, I can tell and give this feed back.
Our driver guide in this trip is Gerard. I must say he is perfect in the tour business. He drive safety, washed the bus everyday, never late for everyday, polite to all members, listen to our request, understand our interest.
We will be back to Tasmania again!