Things to see and do around Bruny Island, Huon Valley Region, Tassie
The Huon region is just 30 minutes south of Hobart, Tasmania. Somewhat unsurprisingly Huonville is the region’s unofficial capital and while the name is uninspired its provenance is far more fetching.
From ‘Smoke on the Huon’ By Greg Clarke
At Recherche Bay in the south-west pocket of Tassie the French planted what is believed to be the first European vegetable garden in Tasmania. This was six years before Matthew Flinders circumnavigated the island and quite the precursor to an industry whose legacy considerably out muscles Captain Kermandec.
Apple orchards ran over the hills and through the valleys and Huon orchardists produced enough apples for grandmas the world over to turn out scrumptious pies for eons. The apple prices tumbled late in the 20th century and locals set about expanding their repertoires.
Bruny Island Charters, Peppermint Bay, the Tahune Airwalk and Hastings Caves are some of the region’s stars. The area is also renowned for its produce including mushrooms, wine, seafood, and cheeses. In what is at once a triumph and a pointer for a Royal Commission, road side stalls sell seasonal fruits at a fraction of the cost of supermarkets.
Bruny Island is just off the coast of the Tasmanian ‘mainland’ and is easily accessed via a short ferry ride from Kettering. Bruny Island Charters takes visitors in search of those whales, seals and dolphins. This is no sedate tour. It’s a thrilling ride in a powerful boat where the skippers have the wherewithal to get their passengers into sea caves and between narrow passages at the base of towering sea cliffs.
Other watery pursuits include Huon Jet Boats. A jet boat shoots over the river and blasts passengers 12 km up stream. The river becomes a thrilling obstacle course of fallen trees and disturbingly shallow parts – the boat has a draft of just 4inches – at speeds up to 50mph. Other big numbers come in the 360-degree spins.
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