River to Rainforest
The River to Rainforest Experience
- Meet Tasmanian shipwrights carrying on centuries-old craft traditions
- Enjoy a sail on the Huon River’s glassy-calm waters
- Visit the cider bar, café and museum for lunch and cider tasting
- Explore rainforest and the world famous airwalk at Tahune
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.
Franklin is world famous as a centre for wooden boat building. You will meet the craftsmen and women building traditional wooden boats from Huon Pine and enjoy a calm-water sail on a traditional two-masted wooden sailing vessel.
You’ll taste cider produced and exported by a local family who are descendants of Franklin’s earliest settler - and have a rare old Huon Pine visible in their garden - which will be pointed out to you during your sail. 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.
These surrounding hills feed the Huon River’s sparkling, tannin-stained waters and are the source of the Huon Pine, lovingly crafted by Franklin’s boat-building artisans.
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.
|0930||Boat centre tour|
|1010||Explore the waterfront|
|1030||Calm water sail, coffee/tea|
|1200||Cider tasting & lunch|
|1300||Depart for airwalk at Tahune|
|1400||*Entry to the Tahune Airwalk|
|1430||Free self-guided Huon Pine walk** (optional).|
*Note, the Tahune Airwalk remains open until 5pm (Oct-Mar) and 4pm (Apr-Sep).
**There is a complimentary guided walk each day. Check on arrival to see if it will be the Huon Pine walk or the Airwalk.
How do I get there?
This is a self-drive package with a full day of activities.
Driving from Hobart, you need to arrive at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin, for 9:30am. Hobart to Franklin (A-B) takes about 40 minutes. Franklin to Tahune (B-C) takes about 50 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).