The River to Rainforest Experience
- Meet wooden ship owners and builders
- Take a sail on a wooden ship
- Visit the cider bar, café and museum for lunch and cider tasting
- Explore rainforest and the world famous airwalk at Tahune
image © Jenny Schorta Photography
Surrounding lush hills of temperate rainforest first fuelled the passion of pioneers whose skills survive today in the Huon Valley’s centuries-old ship-building traditions. Wooden boats built here today use scarce remnants of 2,000 year-old Huon Pine. Famous for being lightweight, durable and craft-worthy, “Piners” would risk life and limb to navigate the most inaccessible stretches of river for this valuable timber resource.
You will meet the owners and crafts-people who build and sail traditional wooden boats made from Huon Pine and enjoy a calm-water sail on a traditional masted wooden sailing vessel.
You’ll taste cider produced and exported by a local family who are descendants of Franklin’s earliest settler and at lunch you will savour cider over a meal of fresh local produce.
After lunch, you’ll travel upriver to the airwalk at Tahune. Situated on the banks of one of Tasmania’s last truly wild and powerful rivers, you’ll witness huge flood-wrenched Huon Pine logs washed high above the waterline. Here you can drink in the romantic aspect of the Huon and Picton rivers up close, take a guided walk to a rare living stand of Huon Pines, and experience dramatic views from the elevated treetop walk and swinging bridge.
This is a SELF DRIVE package tour. Price includes items in bold.
If you are looking for a fully escorted group tour with vehicle, follow the enquiry information at the base of the booking page.
|0900-1030||Calm water morning sail incl. morning tea|
|1800-1930||Twilight sail (Oct - Mar only)|
|1030||Drive to Franklin|
|1115||Cider tasting and early lunch|
|1230||Depart for Geeveston Visitor Centre|
|1245||Explore visitor centre & museum|
|1315||Depart for airwalk at Tahune|
|1400||*Entry to the Tahune Airwalk|
|1430||Free self-guided Huon Pine walk** (optional).|
|1600||Scenic drive to Hobart|
We can also provide 2-day options, where the sailing is on a separate day, or package with overnight accommodation (see below).
How do I get there?
This is a self-drive package with a full day of activities.
Starting at Hobart, you need to be at Constitution Dock, Hobart, for 8:20am. Hobart to Franklin (A-B) takes about 40 minutes. Franklin to Geeveston (B-C) takes about 15 minutes and Geeveston to Tahune (C-D) takes about 45 minutes.
*If you are self-driving, the Tahune Airwalk remains open until 5pm (Oct-Mar) and 4pm (Apr-Sep). Factor about 1.5h drive back to Hobart (excluding stops along the way). Food and drink is also available at Tahune.
**There is a complimentary guided walk each day. Check on arrival to see if it will be the Huon Pine walk or the Airwalk.