Attractions within easy reach of Port Huon Cottages

Tahune Adventures

At Tahune Forest Adventures you can walk high above the forest canopy and share the lives of the forest giants from up-close, looking down to the place where the wild waters of the Huon and Picton Rivers mingle. The 600-metre walkway ends at a spectacular cantilevered platform 50 metres above the riverbank, with views extending to the mountains of the World Heritage Area.

Hasting Caves + Thermal Springs

The Hastings Caves State Reserve offers visitors a variety of experiences, from relaxing in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool, walking in the rich forests of the reserve and, the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave. Both the thermal pool and the trail which leads through the surrounding forests are accessible to wheelchair users.

Ida Bay Railway (Currently Closed)

The heritage listed railway is one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia!

Step aboard our historic WWII Diesel locomotive, enjoy an unforgettable 2-hour journey alongside the water’s edge, through bush plains and enjoy a history talk.

Huon Jet

The 35 minute jet boat ride races you along the riverbank, weaving in and out of the forest canopy, over exciting rapids and through 360 degree spins.

The jet boat stops at tranquil locations to view huon pine and take in the stunning beauty of the area.

Commentary is provided by the skilled drivers at various stages along 12 kilometre journey up the river. It is a thrilling ride along an ever-changing riverscape.

Willie Smiths Apple Shed

Discover the history of apple farming through the eyes of the Smith family in the museum; try our delicious menu made from local, seasonal and sustainable produce, sample our cider and check out our distillery.

Yukon Tours

Sail today on the traditional ketch Yukon. You will find us in Franklin on the Huon River.
Build of oak in 1930, the privately owned Danish sailing ship Yukon was rescued by Australian shipwright David Nash and his Danish wife Ea Lassen from the bottom of a harbour near Copenhagen. 
After five years restoration, five years entertaining guests on the European water ways and circumnavigation of the globe, the family brought this unique heritage ship to the calm waters of the Huon River in Tasmania. 

Wooden Boat Centre

For the past 25 years, the Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania has been producing a range of beautiful timber boats, crafted by hand on the banks of the Huon River, in Franklin, Tasmania. Franklin’s proud shipbuilding and maritime heritage remains alive and well. We welcome locals and visitors, individuals and groups, to join one of our many short courses to experience the satisfaction, achievement and camaraderie of hand building wooden boats. You’re also invited to drop by for a tour to explore the age old craft of wooden boat building. 

Frank's Cider

It takes time to prepare great produce and Frank’s have had over 100 years. Frank was the third generation of the Clark Family to farm at Woodside, established in 1836 by John Clark, the area’s first white settler.

Some of our trees, from the oldest heritage orchards in Australia, are over 160 years old and ripen later than any others in the Huon Valley. Tasmania’s cool climate and long-seasons ripening fruit on the tree are what creates the taste.

Franks multi award-winning ciders are made from 100% pure Tasmanian fruit. 

Grandvewe Cheeses

Come and see our sheep milking demonstrations daily from 3.00pm (October-March). Children are welcome to feed and pat our lambs throughout summer.

Grandvewe Cheeses produce a wide range of products, with a focus on high-quality sheep cheese and other dairy products made from their own herd of sheep.

Meet “The Girls” (as the sheep are fondly known), taste up to 15 different cheeses and enjoy a wine while viewing the whole process of cheese making and maturing.

Esperance Adventures

Join our Tasmanian kayak tour as we paddle in the spectacular waters of Tasmania’s far south wilderness.

All tours are easy flat water paddles. No previous experience required.

Check out the website for the different kayak tours 

Hartz Mountain

Hartz Mountains National Park is a window into the south-west wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast. As well as spectacular views of a landscape which has been shaped by glaciers during past ice ages, the park offers a variety of unique features. Waterfalls tumble off the dolerite range that runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau. The park contains a wide variety of vegetation from wet eucalypt forest and rainforest through to alpine heath on the exposed mountain tops.

The park was included in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area in 1989, in recognition of its spectacular natural and cultural values.

Take your time and enjoy short strolls out to the glacial lakes in the area, or try the more challenging walks up to the range top. Its highest point, Hartz Peak (1254 m), provides panoramic views into the heart of the southwest. 

Cockle Creek

Cockle Creek is a place of tranquil coves and sandy beaches. Distant mountain peaks, sometimes capped with snow, make a spectacular backdrop to the calm waters of Recherche Bay. It is here that tannin-rich streams meet the ocean, ending their meandering journey through buttongrass plains. The sheltered coastline and forested hills of Cockle Creek are home to an abundance of wildlife. This scenic area is dotted with evidence of human history including Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, gravestones and ruins. The European settlement at its peak supported more than 2000 people

There are a variety of walks in this area, ranging from short nature walks to challenging treks in the southwest wilderness. This is a perfect place for birdwatching. Water activities such as fishing and boating are also very popular. At the national park entrance there is an information booth and site office (staffed intermittantly during busy periods) to help make the most of your visit. You may also like to read the Fishers Point Walk factsheet

Bruny Island Crusies

Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean.

Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do – they work hard to ensure that the experience is fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative