The D’Entrecasteaux Channel (known simply as ‘The Channel’ by locals) and Huon Valley is home to hundreds of small, diverse farms, and we will visit the most passionate people behind some of the best food and beverages in Tasmania.
This tour is be governed by the seasons, boating conditions, seasonal access, and availability. Depending on the timing of your visit, we will assemble an itinerary that explores the best of what the Huon and Channel have to offer, from among these and other producers.
For example, in winter we might enjoy morning boat sailings (weather permiting), whereas late afternoon sailings to take advantage of daylight savings might be the choice for summer.
If this is the case, we will adjust from a channel start in day light savings to a Huon Valley sail in the winter. So, if we are sailing to start we will finish in the Channel at Grandevew Cheese or Mewstone Wines. If we are sailing in the afternoon, we will start with Grandevewe Cheese, then Mewstone Wines.
A visit to the Australian Wooden Boat Centre and Frank’s Cider will replace the sailing boat experience when it is closed in off season.
- Pick up 8.30am from guest accommodation in the Hobart area.
- Head south along the channel, passing small towns while sharing stories of their industry and history.
- There is the option of a short walk to Trial Bay and a view of Kettering at its best.
- Drop into our friends at Grandevewe cheese and Hartshon Distilling, where a local family has set the world alight with their sheep whey vodka and gin, as well as their delicious cheeses. The opportunities are: An Alchemist gin experience, butter making old school action and of course a tasting session of their cheese and spirits
- We then discover one of the hottest little wineries on the Island, Mewstone wines, where a pre-planned selection of tastings is available, and it won’t be hard to realize how to relax with the backdrop right in front of us. Again, we are amongst small talented family locals, with sensational wines of new and old variety.
- It’s time to head over the Snug Tiers and into the historic and creative Huon Valley town of Cygnet, where we will relax and debrief the mornings’ activities with lunch at one of our favorite local eateries.
- We visit an artist or crafts person, such as potter Ian Clair, who trained under Japanese master potter Shigeo Shiga. Ian offers a creative demonstration in the art of Japanese pottery.
- Explore rolling orchards, stopping to pick up some cherries or other fresh fruit along the way (in season of course).
- After lunch we make our way to Franklin and have options:
1) Visit the Australian Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin, for some amazing maritime stories
2) (At additional cost): Step aboard the historic wooden sailing boat Kerrawyn, to discover a wee dram from our friends from Port Cygnet Distilling Co.
- If time permits, we can squeeze in an optional stop at Willie Smiths Cider before returning to Hobart, with a couple more stories on the way.
Farm Gate Trail – Features
- Type: Single day tour
- Structure: Private small group tour
- Highlights: Meet the passionate producers and local artists and craftspeople
- Transfers: pickup and drop off at your Hobart area accommodation
- Length: approximately 9 hours (8.30am-5.30-6pm) with pickup and drop off at your Hobart area accommodation
- Price: from $345.00 per person
- Minimum booking: 2 people
- Family-friendly – This tour is suitable for family groups
Please contact us for small group rates for up to eight guests and other itinerary lengths and options.
- Local guide
- Private transport including pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
- Bottled water
Optional additional activities (to be advised at time of booking)
- Optional sit-down lunch (at additional cost)
- Alchemist gin experience $155.00 per person, one hour duration
- Wooden Sailboat Cruise and whisky/gin Tasting, $115.00 per person, one hour duration
- Sustainable fabric and textiles dying and design, $65.00 per person, three hours duration