Starlit wonder

Marvel at the aurora, abandon yourself to adventure and indulge in some of the world's best distilleries in Tasmania's Huon Valley.

20 August 2021


We could all do with some bright news, and the stars of the Huon Valley are glowing valiantly despite the global pandemic; we’ve found just the right sprinkling of stardust to share with you.

Some are new, and some are champions that have forever remained radiant. Whether it’s aurora-spotting in the ancient wilderness or sipping the world’s first sassafras spirit, there’s plenty of stars to wish upon down south.

Hit the road for some wild side wonders, drive until you can go no further south in Australia and find yourself at Cockle Creek. This outpost is a favourite for Aurora Australis/Southern Lights enthusiasts, and if those lights don’t dance, the stargazing is next level.

Set up camp, take off on the recently upgraded South Cape Bay walk or tackle one of Australia’s most epic coastal multi-day treks, the South Coast Track.

World Heritage Wilderness pairs well with a stop at Hastings Caves with its thermal springs and a sneaky stay complete with an outdoor bath (under those stars!) at Huon Bush Retreats.


The Huon Valley wineries, cideries, and distilleries have an Olympic-level swag of medals and collective awards. Try the Jimmy Watson trophy winner at  Home Hill Winery and Restaurant – their 2014 Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir.

Kate Hill Wines is a new addition nearby, featuring an intimate tasting room. For cider, don’t miss Frank’s in the old church at Franklin and much-loved Willie Smith’s Apple Shed.

Those looking for something really exciting should head to The Bakehouse Distillery at Dover to sample the world’s first sassafras spirit.

Ever wanted to shoot your way up a river at high speed with one of Tassie’s oldest adventure experiences?

Hop aboard with Huon Jet Boat. It’s not all spins and mayhem; your driver might point out a Huon pine or two along the shores as well. Explore the Far South from the seat of a kayak with Esperance Adventures.

The artisans of the valley may be understated and humble, but they are among Tassie’s finest. They are drawn to the valley for its strong creative community, quiet vibes and nature’s inspiration.

You can access a host of stars on Nov 5 to 7 during the Art and Away event, with some 20 artists and makers swinging open their studio doors.

Don’t miss Australia’s southern-most literary festival either, Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival with writing masterclasses and literary panel sessions, from November 5 to 7.

Also, keep a lookout for the roving ARTBOX exhibitions, a shipping container packed full of local artistic talent. Or walk in the footsteps of Rosehaven television stars in Geeveston.



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