In these trying times, we could all do with some bright and shiny news. The stars of Tasmania’s Huon Valley are glowing valiantly despite the global pandemic and we’ve found just the right sprinkling of stardust to share with you. Some are new and some are champions that have forever remained radiant. Whether it’s Aurora-spotting in ancient wilderness or sipping the world’s first sassafras spirit, there’s plenty of stars to wish upon down south.
Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights in Tasmania’s Cockle Creek
Wild Side Wonders – hit the road until you can drive no further south in Australia and find yourself at Cockle Creek. For Aurora Australis/Southern Lights enthusiasts this outpost is a fave and if those lights don’t dance, the stargazing is next level. Set up camp, take off on the recently upgraded South Cape Bay walk or tackle one of Australia’s most epic coastal multi-day treks; the South Coast Track. World Heritage Wilderness pairs well with a stop at Hastings Caves with its thermal springs and a sneaky stay complete with outdoor bath (under those stars!) at Huon Bush Retreats.
Taste the World’s First Sassafras Spirit
Sparkling Stars in a Glass – the wineries, cideries and distilleries of the Huon Valley have an Olympic-level swag of medals and collective awards. At Home Hill Winery and Restaurant try the Jimmy Watson trophy winner – their 2014 Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir. Kate Hill Wines is a new addition nearby, featuring an intimate tasting room. For cider, don’t miss Frank’s in the old church at Franklin and much-loved Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. Those looking for something really exciting should head to The Bakehouse Distillery at Dover to sample the world’s first sassafras spirit made from native sassafras.
Kayaking in Huon Valley, Tasmania
Shooting Star Adventure – ever wanted to shoot your way up a river at high speed with one of Tassie’s oldest adventure experiences? Then hop aboard with Huon Jet Boat. It’s not all spins and mayhem, your driver might point out a Huon pine or two along the shores as well. Explore the Far South from the seat of a kayak with Esperance Adventures.
Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival
Creative Luminaries – they may be understated and humble but the artisans of the valley are among Tassie’s finest. They are drawn to the valley for its strong creative community, quiet vibes and nature’s inspo. You can access a host of stars on Nov 5-7 during the Art and Away event with some 20 artists and makers swinging open their studio doors. Don’t miss Australia’s southern-most literary festival either, Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival with writing masterclasses and literary panel sessions, Nov 5-7. Also, keep a look out for the roving ARTBOX exhibitions, a shipping container packed full of local artistic talent. Or walk in the footsteps of Rosehaven TV stars in Geeveston.
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