Huon Valley Farm Gate Trail

This day is all about allowing our guests to visit the farms and the passionate producers that create, grow and farm the land, producing some of the best food and beverages in Tasmania. The small towns we pass through are a network of communites that share stories and contribute to a healthy land and a healthy lifestyle.

Apples growing in Tasmania's Huon Valley
Apples growing in Tasmania’s Huon Valley

We will also visit a range of craftspeople and artisans, including visual artists, weavers, potters and woodcrafters, to see them working and with the opportunity to purchase their wares. You even have the opportunity to create something special as a take home memory of Tasmania.

The D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Valley are home to hundreds of diverse farms. The depth and variety of produce in the region have led to some calling it the food bowl of the nation; apples, cherries, stone fruits and grapes all flourish in this southern climate.

Here we will encounter families that have owned the land and farmed using traditional practices for generations along with producers with innovative farming practices and crops.

To understand and respect the deep connection to place these families have, we will weave in stories that bring to life some of the traditions, other industries past and present, and the characters who have cemented their name in history and contributed to the growth of this region.

This tour celebrates the past and present efforts of resilience, creativity and passion of our food producers. We hope it tickles the taste buds, and maybe helps us become more aware of the communities and environments that our food comes from. The season will govern our approach to a diverse array of farming and produce.

Lets have a great day, enjoy our surrounds and taste the local produce.

Lunch options

Being a produce trail, guests are welcome to gather items for lunch and indulge along the way. We can find a spot to enjoy a picnic, or we can indulge in a sit-down lunch at the guests’ choice of one of the lunch venues indicated below.

Tastings are included in the cost of this adventure (except at Willie Smiths).

Lunch is at your own cost; options include:

  • picking up a hamper filled with fresh local produce and finding a spot for a picnic;
  • gathering produce from the farm gates we visit to create our own picnic hamper;
  • stopping at one of the restaurants indicated below.

We need to make arrangements in advance for each of these options, so please let us know your preference when you book.

Just some of the farms and venues we have access to, by appointment:

  • Grandvewe Cheese and Hartshorn Sheep Whey Distillery
  • Diemen Pepper, Birches Bay (Mountain Pepper producers and essential oils)
  • Glenburn Orchards Tasmania (cherries and apples)
  • Tasmanian Saffron
  • Port Cygnet Cannery (lunch venue, Sat 12pm-10pm or Sun 9am-4pm).
  • Pagan Cider cellar door
  • The Australian Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin (extra cost $15pp).
  • Willie Smiths Apple Shed (lunch venue, Thurs – Sun 10am-6pm, kitchen closes 4:30pm).
  • Summer Kitchen Bakery, Ranelagh (8am-4pm).
  • Home Hill Winery
  • Resolution Vineyard
  • Woodstock Cherry Farm
  • Woodbridge Smokehouse (open Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm)
  • Visit a fine timber craftsman who makes boats, furniture, ukuleles and sculptural items

Farm visits are by appointment, subject to season and availability

Optional scenic inclusions

If you choose a picnic lunch, these are delightful places to enjoy your meal.

  • Ninepin Point Marine Reserve
  • Pickup Beach
  • Pelverata Falls – a 2 hour return walk to break the day up on an easy-to- moderate track

Tour duration: approximately 9 hours (8.30am-5.30-6pm) with pickup and drop off at your Hobart area accommodation.

Cost: $255.00 per person, plus lunch