Credit: Kathryn Leahy
Your private guide and car will pick you up from your accommodation or Hobart cruise ship terminal and take you up the Southern Outlet to Margate at the beginning of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Here you will visit the local favourite, the Margate Train and its array of beautiful shops in railway carriages. You will enjoy breakfast at the Pancake Train Restaurant.
A little further south, you will see the Channel Museum, where you can learn about the regions many, varied and quirky stories. Run by volunteer locals, it features a large range of displays, library and gift shop.
You will continue your drive along this beautiful coastline with views of Bruny Island to the Woodbridge Smokehouse. Set on its own 25 acre organic apple orchard, they use their own fruit tree wood to create delicate and distinctive flavours in their traditionally smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout and Atlantic Salmon.
Next is a visit to Grandvewe Cheese, maker of certified organic sheep cheese and internationally award winning Sheep Whey Vodka and Gin. You will get an opportunity to meet the sheep and during summer the lambs.
For lunch, you will visit the town of Cygnet, a small hamlet which lies between the beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the majestic Huon River. Considered the fruit growing centre of the Huon Valley and famous for its great cafes and locally handmade art, jewellery and annual Cygnet Folk Festival.
After lunch, you will visit the nearby Pagan Cider, a boutique Tasmanian cider producer making a unique range of elegant, sparkling, modern style ciders including apple, pear, cherry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and quince.
Last stop within the valley is The Honey Pot, makers of 100% pure Tasmanian honey, nothing added. They have 900 hives which are moved to follow the blossoming flower trail, travelling to Lake Pedder, Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys, creating Leatherwood, Bush, Prickly Box and Manuka Honey besides others.
Channel & Huon Valley Tour - Map