River to Rainforest - Self Drive Day Package
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Franklin, TAS
- Product code: R2R001
This diverse and culturally-rich tour follows the story of the famous Huon Pine, from river to rainforest, and how the forest, landscapes, culture, and farming have made the Huon Valley what it is today.
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.
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.
Your self-drive itinerary (includes in bold)
0900-1030 Calm water morning sail incl. morning tea
1800-1930 Twilight sail
NOTE - we will ask you to specify this when you make your booking reservation.
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