This picturesque valley of rolling hills was once the reason for Tassie’s nickname as The Apple Isle.
DO While most of the orchards have become grazing land, there’s a resurgent cider culture. Check it out at the cellar doors of Pagan Cider, Frank’s Cider and Willie Smith’s Organic Apple Cider. Take a day trip from Hobart and stop by local markets (Franklin and Cygnet are two of the best) or take the road all the way down to Cockle Creek and the calm Recherche Bay. Explore the giant trees from the canopy on the Tahune AirWalk then head to the Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs for more dazzling nature photo opportunities.
EAT AND DRINK You can get great café food and stunning chocolates at The Cat’s Tongue Chocolatiers in Huonville and delicious bistro fare at The Lotus Eaters Café in Cygnet. But the real destination is the little known, very highly regarded Masaaki’s Sushi in Geeveston – Tasmania’s best-kept secret. You have to ring ahead for bookings because Masaaki is one of the best sushi chefs outside Japan and the place is tiny.
STAY There are numerous B&B options in the Huon Valley but if you love the great outdoors, you can’t go past the Huon Bush Retreats. Its self-contained Wallaby Grassland cabin can sleep up to 10.