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Huon Trail

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The Huon Trail is a touring route incorporating The Channel and Huon Valley regions, south of Hobart in the state of Tasmania in Australia.


  • Channel (Cygnet, Kingston, Margate, Snug, Kettering, Middleton)
  • Huon Valley (Huonville, Franklin, Port Huon, Geeveston)
  • Far South (Dover, Southport, Ida Bay)
  • Bruny Island (Alona, Dennes Point, Adventure Bay)


  • Kingston


Other destinations[edit]



Get in[edit]

The Huon Trail is south of the state's capital of Hobart.

  • There are a number of flights to Hobart daily from destinations including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
  • The 'Spirit of Tasmania' travels daily between Melbourne and Devonport and allows visitors to bring vehicles from the Australian mainland to Tasmania. You can then take the 4 hour drive to Hobart.

Once in Hobart, you can drive south to the city of Kingston. You are now in the Huon Trail region. You can then opt to travel to the Huon (towards Huonville) or through the Channel (towards Margate, Snug, Kettering and Bruny Island).

Get around[edit]

The Huon Trail touring route offers a driving experience. There is little public transport in the area, although Metro Tasmania do operate buses through the Channel although they are infrequent and relatively expensive. The best way to get around the Huon Trail is to bring your own car or hire a car. Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz all operate in Tasmania. You can hire vehicles from Hobart CBD or at the Hobart Airport.

See[edit][add listing]

  • South Bruny National Park, Bruny Island, [1]. Wonderful coastal walks, wildflowers, birdlife, forests and a historic lighthouse.  edit


Although it is possible to visit the Huon Trail as a day trip from Hobart, most of your time will be spent driving. The region is compact but there is lots to see. The roads are narrow, winding and very scenic. It is worth slowing down to "Tasmanian speed" so you can enjoy the waterways, wilderness, wildlife, food and wine. A good plan is to spend the weekend in Hobart city, then on Monday, head south. Maybe 2 nights on Bruny Island plus 2 nights in Huon Valley or Far South. Suggested itineraries are available from the Huon Trail website [10] and from Huon Valley Escapes [11]

Do[edit][add listing]

The major attractions in the region include:

  • Bruny Island Cruises, 915 Adventure Bay Road, Bruny Island, TAS 7150, (03) 6293 1465 (), [2]. This trip is a must-do while you are on Bruny Island. Bruny Island Cruises operates a 3 hour wildlife eco-cruise daily exploring the coastline of the South Bruny National Park. The scenery is stunning - tall sea cliffs, amazing coastline, seals, albatross and even dolphins on many trips! These trips operate every day except for Christmas Day and the company also offers a Full Day Tour from Hobart.  edit
  • Peppermint Bay Cruise, 1300 137 919 (), [3]. The Peppermint Bay Cruise starts in Hobart and travels south to Peppermint Bay at Woodbridge in the Channel. On the way to Peppermint Bay the crew points out different sites like Salmon Farms, Local Sealife, and geographic wonders. When you arrive at Peppermint Bay you are treated to an amazing Tasmanian clambake, of clam chowder, fish, and rock lobster. The cruise returns late afternoon to Hobart.  edit
  • Mount Misery Walk, 1800 770 224 (), [4]. This 3 hour return walk takes you through oldgrowth and rainforest, onto a sub-alpine heathland. From here you can enjoy spectacular 360 degree views towards Bruny Island and the Southwest World Heritage Area. A further half hour along the plateau to the top of Mt Misery. Interpretive signs along the way describe natural and cultural values of Aboriginal and European people.  edit
  • Eagle Hang Gliding, [5].  edit
  • Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs.  edit
  • Huon Jet Boat, [6].  edit
  • The Snowy Range Trout Fishery, [7].  edit
  • Tahune Forest AirWalk, [8].  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Beach Restaurant and Cafe, Ocean Esplanade, Blackmans Bay, (03) 6229 7600.  edit
  • Bruny Island Cheese Company, Main Road, Great Bay (Bruny Island).  edit
  • Fleurtys, 3866 Channel Highway, Birchs Bay, (03) 6267 4078.  edit
  • Kyari, 13 Church Street, Geeveston, (03) 6297 1601.  edit
  • Pear Ridge, 1683 Channel Highway, Margate, (03) 6267 1811.  edit
  • Peppermint Bay, 3435 Channel Highway, Woodbridge, (03) 6267 4088 ().  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bruny Island Premium Wines.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Please also see accommodation on Bruny Island.

  • Beach Heaven, 249 Esplanade Road, Middleton (40mins south of Hobart), +61 3 62921691, [9]. Private beachfront accommodation over looking Bruny Island. $70-$140. (-43.23978,147.25337) edit

Stay safe[edit]

  • As you travel further south, mobile phone reception does become weaker. Many city-based mobile phones on Optus, Vodafone, Virgin and other smaller carriers will not work in many areas of the Huon and Channel. Telstra NextG mobile phones provide the best coverage, although this is not guaranteed in all areas.
  • Observe speed limits. 50 km/h in built-up areas, otherwise 90 km/h on sealed roads and 80 km/h on gravel.
  • Watch out for wildlife - particularly at night.
  • Be observant of other drivers
  • Always notify somebody if you are going bushwalking and carry a (NextG) mobile phone if possible.
  • Carry an EPIRB if boating and wear life jackets.

Get out[edit]

  • Travel north towards Kingston.

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