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Huon Valley – The Kermandie Waterfront Hotel
– The Huon River –
The Huon River
The wonderfully scenic Huon River twists and winds along 178 km of Southern Tasmania. Starting as a trickle near Lake Gordon, in the Southwest National Park it winds through forest valleys, joining with smaller streams before snaking past Tahune Airwalk.
The river then winds underneath the bridge at Huonville before flattening out. Some of the most spectacular scenery can be seen in Franklin, Castle Forbes bay and Port Huon where you can often see perfect glassy reflections of the shouldering mountains and sky.
From Port Huon and further south towards Surveyors Bay you can drive past floating salmon farms, and enjoy a swim in crystal blue waters at one of the many secret beaches.
The Huon River has been a driver of the local economy. Once it was the major transport highway, shipping timber, apples and produce to markets. Today it’s the heart of the Tasmanian salmon and tourism industry.
What’s There To See & Do?
There’s plenty to see and do on the Huon River so it’s worth spending the night in the region.
The river and surrounding area is dotted with farm gate produce, wineries and dining. You can get the whole paddock to plate experience and eat some of the freshest salmon straight from the farm gate.
The river is popular for sailing and watersports. Kayaks, Paddle Boats, Jet boats and calm water sailing are available.
Surveyors Bay and Roaring Beach have lovely little-known beaches, perfect for kids to splash around while mum and dad take a breather.
If you are looking for a slower pace then drop a line from the riverbank and see whether you can catch a trout or flathead.
Make sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning views and reflections, or book a guided photography tour.
Shipwrights point is a great stop, providing an opportunity to do both. It features toilets, BBQ facilities and a kids playground.
The well known Tahune airwalk has put the region on the map, however the unspoilt, hidden nature of the area leaves plenty of places to discover. Take your time exploring each charming town and you could spot a platypus or a castle!
– Drop by the Kermandie Waterfront Hotel and walk to the top of Percy St for stunning hilltop views of the Huon River and surrounding mountains.
– Drop by Surveyors Bay or Little Roaring Beach on a weekday for a private beach experience and return for dinner to the Kermandie.
– Drive along the mouth of the Huon River by following Esperance Coast Road for a beautiful scenic drive.