Day trips from Huon Bush Retreats
Five hours around the Huon Valley
Sleep in at Huon Bush Retreats
Enjoy one of our breakfast baskets on the deck then take a stroll to the lookout and relax to the sound of morning birdsong.
Home Hill is a boutique vineyard, winery, and restaurant. Home Hill produces a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sylvaner, Sparkling Cuvee and a Late Harvest Sticky Wine. They have been awarded numerous gold trophies and many wine show medals.
Lunch: seven days, dinner Friday and Saturday-bookings recommended.
Winter hours: restaurant closed in July.
Full day trip to Hartz Mountains, Tahune Airwalk and the Weld Valley
These attractions make an outstanding full day out:
Breakfast at Huon Bush Retreats
Enjoy a breakfast basket on the deck.
Morning tea at Geeveston
Selection of cafés in the main street. For a great range of takeaway food including sandwiches, salad rolls and wraps drop into Port Huon Trading Post five kilometres before Geeveston.
Walk the leisurely Geeveston Circuit, including the Platypus Walk. The walk brochure helps you navigate and provides some interesting commentary at points of interest (download the Geeveston Circuit brochure here) There is a resident platupus in the river which is seen quite often.
Hartz Mountains National Park provides a spectacular alpine experience with easy car access and a range of well constructed walking tracks. A Tasmanian National Parks entry pass is required. Enjoy a picnic lunch or barbeque at the Waratah Shelter. Gas BBQ and fireplace is provided.
Home of the popular Tahune Forest AirWalk, swinging bridges and visitor centre/cafe.
The AirWalk is a steel walkway suspended in the forest canopy ending in a cantilever 50m above the banks of Huon River. A pair of swinging bridges, perched seemingly precariously across the Huon and Picton Rivers, were officially opened in May 2008. The Huon Pine walk provides a more down to earth experience, viewing natural Huon Pine Trees along the banks of the Huon River.
From the AirWalk travel on the back logging roads. See the results, both short and medium term, of logging of native forests. See the process for yourself to help make up your own mind. Read two sides of the logging debate at Huon Valley Environment Centre and Forestry Tasmania.
Glover's Bluff – a breathtaking lookout with views up the wild Weld Valley. Glover's bluff consists of a steep quartzite strike ridge rising out of the river plains below. Vehicle access is by an upgraded and signposted track off South Weld Road.
Reuben's Falls – an intriguing walk down a rainforest gully to the powerful Reuben's Falls. Walking access is signposted off South Weld Road. Walk Time about 90 minutes return.
Fletcher's Eddy – a relaxing and tranquil natural eddy on the Weld River. This traditional fishing spot provides a great lunch spot or swimming hole. Walking access is via a Four Wheel Drive track on "Eric Pettit's" road, signposted off Eddy Road.
Mt Weld – An old foot-pad ascends the majestic Mt Weld from the end of South Weld Road. The old track has deteriorated but it is still possible to reach the summit. Experience, navigational skills and appropriate equipment are required for this challenging walk.
Full day trip to the Far South and the End of the Road
Two hours drive, plus side trips, takes you to the end of the road, as far south as you can drive. Two hours walk takes you to the spectacular south coast:
Morning tea at Dover
Try the bakery in the main street. Pick up your lunch here as Dover has the last shops heading south.
A gravel road leads from the main road to the visitor centre and thermal springs. Be fascinated by one of the world's great dolomite caves. Experience forest walks, picnic facilities, café and the 28 degree naturally heated spring water swimming pool. Open every day. Great rainy day adventure.
Heritage listed bush railway with scenic trips of 2 hours duration, depart Ida Bay 6 days a week in summer, 3 days in winter. Café.
The bitumen finishes at Lune River. The last 30km is gravel so allow extra time to drive carefully to the end of the road at Cockle Creek. A National Parks Entry Pass is required if you go across the bridge, but it's free to enjoy the beach and camping areas outside the national park.
From Cockle Creek, take the South Coast Track two hours to the spectacular South Cape Bay. Here you can be the most southern-most person in Australia and quite often be totally alone on this otherwise deserted beach. The easy and well constructed walk takes most people 2 or 2½ hours each way. More information at Cockle Creek
Full Day Trip for a Bruny Island Wildlife Cruise
Three hour wildlife cruise to the edge of the Southern Ocean, plus an enjoyable drive each way:
Drive to Kettering
One hour drive from Huon Bush Retreats takes you to the Kettering Bruny Island Ferry terminal.
Take your car on the ferry and drive yourself to Adventure Bay or park your car and join the Bruny Island Cruises tour bus at Kettering for travel to Adventure Bay. Morning tea at Beachside café, then board your cruise boat.
This is not a tame luxury river cruise with the view on the other side of the window! On this cruise you are right in the adventure, seeing everything up close and experiencing nature first hand. Dress warmly, but waterproof jackets and beanies are provided. Lunch is available on return to Adventure Bay.
Return to Huon Bush Retreats
Bus or your own car via the ferry to Kettering. You might like to enjoy the coastal drive via the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Cygnet or a visit to Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery for award winning wine and cheese tasting on your way back.