1. Explore Wilderness & Waterways
As Australia’s southernmost wilderness, the Southern Trove really is wild! Characterised by rugged coastline, World Heritage areas, and both calm and rough waterways, this region is a wonder to explore. Explore the still waters between Bruny Island and Tasmania’s mainland on a scenic cruise, find a hidden cove for a picnic or spot albino wallabies on one of the beaches (Adventure Bay on Bruny Island is one of the best places for this).
Head to the Huon River where you can hop on board a Yukon cruise or zip around on a jet boat adventure.
2. Embrace History & Heritage
With its rich history of timber, whaling, boat building and fruit growing, the remnants of the area’s diverse human history are evident throughout the region. Set back in time at the Channel Museum, experience Tasmania’s living maritime heritage at The Wooden Boat Centre or discover the region’s heritage and art at the Dover Museum and Gallery.
It’s not just the tourist attractions that you can visit to explore this aspect of the region. Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, old cemeteries & gravestones and historic sites are abundant.
3. Take The Cider Trail
Tasmania isn’t called the Apple Isle for no reason. The multitude of apple orchids on the island have paved the way for a thriving cider industry, and a cider trail for you to enjoy! Pagan Cider, Willie’s Smith Apple Shed and Franks Cider Museum are amongst the best, and you’ll learn a thing or two about the cider industry too!
4. Discover Bruny Island
Head over to Bruny Island to enjoy the beautiful beaches, rare wildlife and local produce. The ferry runs everyday (hourly from April-September and half-hourly from October-March) so you can easily get there. Take an eco-cruise to see fur-seals, seabirds and even whales, visit the resident penguins at the Neck, head up to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse or indulge in Bruny Island Honey.
5. Enjoy Local Fare
This small corner of Australia is home to some small wineries and local producers. For local produce, check out Bruny Island Cheese Co., Bruny Island House of Whisky, Campo de Flori and Fat Pig Farm. For lovely cellar door experiences, try Home Hill Vineyard, Elsewhere Vineyard or Moore Bubbles (Rhubarb Sparkling!).
6. Chase Waterfalls
There are some beautiful waterfalls in the region. Pelverata Falls is one of Tasmania’s highest waterfalls, Billy Brown Falls is a tiered waterfall (watch out for cool funghi on the way), Arve Falls offers a glimpse into the glacier-carved landscape, and Adamsons Falls offers extremely impressive views.
7. Go Fish
This region is great for fishing. With a number of jetties and beaches, perfect for casting in a line and the Huon River, perfect for fly fishing for sea trout, wild rainbow and brown trout, why not try catching your dinner while you’re in the area?
8. Take A Dip
Take an afternoon out to discover the Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs and swim in the naturally heated pool. It’s wonderfully warm even when the weather is cold and the waters are rich with minerals. Plus, the spectacular dolomite cave is a sight to behold itself!
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