Hastings Caves, Tahune, Huon Valley
Delve underground at Hastings Caves then walk amongst the treetops at Tahune Airwalk. Oh, and drink cider!
This one day tour 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…
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 on the Tahune airwalk, 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 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 and Thermal Springs.
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 Tahune 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 40km 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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Lovely day out in the Huon Valley, loved the Tahune experience, just drank in the clean air and the Hastings Caves were impressive and loved the quick dip in the thermal pool. Gerard was a great host.
Lockdown hit Adelaide just before I was due to leave for Tassie. I had booked a tour with Tours Around Tasmania, but unfortunately had to cancel. George and Gareth made cancelling so easy and arranged my refund so quickly. Hopefully I can do a tour with them in the future!