3 day Channel loop
Best of the Channel
Team views over Tasmania’s broad D’Entrecasteaux Channel with time to forage, and tap into the creative spirit of the region’s artists and producers along the way.
Day 1 - Hobart to Cygnet
- Take your time. Though it takes only 50 minutes to drive from Hobart to Cygnet, the joy of the Southern Edge is the chance to celebrate the hand-picked and the homemade. Swing by Pagan Cider, for example, for in-depth tasting discussion and the chance to try distinctive ciders including a Pagan-only cherry cider, from fruit grown next door mixed with dry apple cider.
- High on a hill overlooking Glaziers Bay, Tas-Saff is a pioneering saffron farm growing purple crocus flowers prized for high-quality saffron. Drop in for farm-gate visits and tastings of saffron tea and saffron-infused vodka and gin.
- Mingle with locals, farmers and makers at Cygnet Market, held year-round on the first and third Sunday of the month. Or get creative in the kitchen with classes staged at the Farmhouse Kitchen and Fat Pig Farm.
- Work up an appetite on foot or bike on the popular Cygnet Coast Road, hugging the Huon River. The full twisting circuit is about 30 kilometres.
- Overnight at Cygnet, where options include Cygnet Old Bank B&B and Cygnet Retreat.
Day 2 - Cygnet to Woodbridge
- Tap into the creative energy of Cygnet, a town full of musicians, dreamers and artists, including ceramicists such as Bronwyn Clarke. Download the Handmade in Cygnet art trail map, featuring more than a dozen artists and makers, and plot a course.
- Dawdle due east through rolling hills to the Channel town of Woodbridge, on Peppermint Bay, best viewed from a table at its namesake, the sleekly designed Peppermint Bay Hotel.
- On the way, drop by Hartzview Vineyard, one of the world’s southernmost wineries, with its chapel-like tasting room and views across the Huon River to the Hartz Mountains.
- At Birchs Bay, watch the paddock-to-plate process of making sheep’s milk cheese at Grandvewe Cheeses, a 32-hectare dairy farm and cheesery overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. It’s also the site of Hartshorn Distillery, a clever micro-distillery that uses sheep’s whey, the byproduct of cheesemaking, as the base spirit for vodka and gin.
- There are more surprises close by at Art Farm Birchs Bay, a working farm that hosts exhibitions, artist residencies, workshops and a popular sculpture trail. Visitors are welcome to wander through Tasmanian native pepperberry, orchards and an extensive kitchen garden.
- Overnight at nearby Kettering, the departure point for Bruny Island ferries. Dinner options include the Oyster Cove Inn, and accommodation options include Parnella Kettering, The Cove Kettering Luxury Suites and Arjuna Ridge Retreat.
Day 3 - Woodbridge to Hobart
- In bush near Kettering, book ahead for a private tour of the Raptor Refuge, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to rehabilitating injured birds and advocating for their protection. Up to 90 birds are brought in for treatment each year, including sea eagles, peregrine falcons, masked owls and the endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle.
- Chase a waterfall, though you’ll hear this one roar long before you see it. In Snug Tiers Natural Reserve, take the six-kilometre Pelverata Falls Track through dense rainforest to see water spilling more than 100 metres into a deep valley. An insider’s tip is peaceful Coningham Nature Recreation Area, important habitat for wildlife including sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles and little penguins.
- On the return to Hobart, stop for a spot of antique and secondhand hunting at Margate Train. There are thousands of local artefacts held at the Channel Museum. And birdwatch at Inverawe Native Gardens; it’s said all 12 endemic bird species have been spotted here.
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