Eat and drink your way around south-west Tassie
Eat and drink your way around this region of the island state
With centuries-old apple orchards, rolling countryside and rocky coastal coves in Tassie’s south-west, it’s no wonder the state has muchloved nicknames like the Apple Isle and the Island of Inspiration. While the region can be enjoyed on a day trip, take a campervan to make it a great three-day escape!
Just a 30-minute drive southwest of Hobart, you’ll come upon rolling country hills. Visit Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for some of Tasmania’s freshest produce and to learn about the fascinating history of apple production spanning more than 100 years. See the ‘Apple Wall’ which showcases over 390 varieties then do taste-testing in the cider house. Crossing the Huon River, you’ll reach Franklin. The region’s oldest township, it’s known for antique shops and colonial history. Enjoy riverfront shops, restaurants and cafes. Check out The Wooden Boat Centre to see how boats are made or get out on the water in a historic ship with Yukon Tours. Stay Book a spot at Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground through Huon Valley Council. Call (03) 6264 0300.
Your scenic river drive continues south to Port Huon. On the calm inlet of Hospital Bay,
there is access to numerous walking and hiking trails with panoramic views of the Hartz Mountains. One of the state’s most fascinating natural wonders, the Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs, are just a short drive south. Take the 45-minute guided tour through the subterranean caves and marvel at the stalagmites and other formations. Then soak in the natural hot spring. Surrounded by forest, the pools are 28°C all year round. Stay Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground is an Rv-friendly spot in Port Huon. huonyachtclub.org
Berries, cheese, oysters and whisky are all on the menu straight from the pickers, makers and shuckers on Bruny Island. Travel over on car ferry The Mirambeena, which departs from Kettering and lands on the north part of the island. Along Bruny Island Main Road are the Tasmanian House of Whisky (though you may wish to save your tasting for later in the day), Get Shucked and Bruny Island Cheese Company.
Stop at Truganini Lookout, a boardwalk with 360° panoramic views of the Bruny Island coastline, then drive over the narrow land bridge joining the two parts of the island. South Bruny is hilly and includes large rainforest areas. It’s home to the South Bruny National Park. There’s plenty to eat along the way, including
Bruny Island Berry Farm and Bruny Island Premium Wines – picnic, sorted! Stay Captain Cook Holiday Park is in Adventure Bay. captaincookpark.com
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Truganini Lookout Hastings Caves
Get Karen Martini's recipes from Tassie on page 120. Huon Valley
The harbour in Franklin Sample local oysters on Bruny Island