Huon Valley Visitor Information
The Huon Valley Council is a Local Government Area in the state of Tasmania. Its geographical location, some 40 kilometres (or about 40 minutes by road) south-west of Hobart, the state capital, makes it in fact the southern-most LGA in all of Australia. Its estimated population of 15,134 people spread over a total land area of 5,497 square kilometres makes it one of Tasmania's most sparsely populated LGAs. It is named after the Huon River (itself named after Navy Captain Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec, an 18th-century French navigator), which runs through the area.
Part of the State District and Federal Division of Franklin, the Huon Valley Council is composed of seven townships, namely Cygnet, Dover, Franklin, Geeveston, Glen Huon, Port Huon, and Huonville, which is Huon Valley's Council Seat. It is surrounded by the Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Kingborough, and West Coast Local Government Areas.
The Huon Valley Council's cultural heritage, natural beauty, and rural outlook combine to make it one of Tasmania's most popular destinations for local and visiting tourists:
Campers and hikers of varying skill levels can take advantage of the local bush retreats where they can make their rounds in some of the best bushwalking tracks in Huon Valley. Some of these include the Lookout, Mount Misery Track, Tall Trees Track and Rainforest, and Waterfall Track. One bushwalk of particular interest is the Interpretive Walk, which is a track that uses a series of 32 panels to "interpret" the area around it. Another that is equally interesting is the Labyrinth Walk, which is a winding, maze-like path. Other activities for recreation and relaxation include massage, playing board games, outdoor barbecue, and native animal- and bird-watching.
People who prefer to take nature tours can have their pick from a wide selection of these activities in and around the Huon Valley area. Some of the best include the Bruny Island Cruises, Huon River Jet Boat Cruise, Huon Trail Touring Route, and TasForest Tours.
The cultural heritage of Huon Valley is alive and well in the area, but most especially in Cygnet. Widely considered to be the area's artistic centre, this township hosts the Cygnet Folk Festival every January. This annual event attracts artists, musicians, and performers who participate in this anticipated event.
Whether they are gourmets or simply people who enjoy good cuisine, food lovers will certainly enjoy some of the best dining locations in Huon Valley. Notable samples include Grandvewe Cheeses, Home Hill Winery, Salamanca Markets, and Salamanca Place.
The Huon Valley also has something for those who have an eye for precious stones. Two particularly bountiful locations to visit for gemstone fossicking are the Lune River and Coal Hill.
Other picture-perfect locales in and around the Huon Valley area include Cockle Creek, Hartz Mountain National Park, Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs, Recherche Bay Nature Recreation Area, Southwest National Park, and Tahune AirWalk.