Eat and drink your way around south-west Tassie

Eat and drink your way around this re­gion of the is­land state

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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!

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

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