Geeveston is located 60km southwest of Hobart in the Huon Valley. The charming little village rests in a serene area surrounded by forest. Wooden sculptures line the main street, honouring prominent figures of the community’s past.
The Geeveston Bakery stands out in the town centre with its remarkable wooden façade and sculptures all carved from Tasmanian timber. The village projects a real forest feel and you just know you’ve reached timber country.
Learn about the Tasmanian timbers at the Forest and Heritage Centre
. Inspect the various types growing in the local forests and discover their uses. Products and souvenirs are available for purchase here as well as tickets for the Tahune Forest adventures, being the airwalk and hang gliding.
The Tahune Forest Airwalk is located 22km northwest of town along Arve Rd. Walk amongst Tasmania’s tall timbers on a 600m platform elevated to the top of the forest canopy and enjoy views of the Huon and Picton Rivers. The airwalk is open daily from 9am to 5pm and entry fees apply.
Eagle Hang Gliding is located next to the airwalk in the Tahune Forest Reserve. Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful forest and picturesque Huon River from high in the treetops as you hang glide back and fourth twice. Gliders are secured safely in a harness and glide along a cable. Gliding operates daily.
There are several lookouts and walks along Arve Rd where you can take your time and enjoy the Southern Forest at your leisure and free of charge. These points of interest are signposted. Keogh’s Creek Walk is an easy 15 minute loop through lush green forest crossing the creek in several places. Marvel at some of the enormous tall timbers known to Tasmania.
Discover a real monster at Big Tree Lookout. This impressive eucalypt may not be the tallest or the oldest however it has been proclaimed the heaviest tree in the country weighing in at 405 tonnes. Its weight is determined by the mathematical volume formula of diameter squared multiplied by height. The Big Tree stands at 87 metres tall and has a diameter of 6.2m, its cubic metre total being converted to tonnes.
The Arve River Forest Walk is a leisurely 10 minute stroll through magnificent dense forest featuring bright green ferns and moss galore. The walk crosses the Arve River and is well worth doing. A sheltered picnic area and toilets are located here and camping is permitted, however the limited space is suitable for small vehicles only.
There is no camp ground at Geeveston however there is a nice cheap camp ground beside the Huon River at Franklin, which is some 12km northeast of Geeveston on the Huon Hwy. The spacious camp ground has a sheltered picnic area with gas barbeques, water, toilets, playground and picturesque views. Dogs are permitted and fees are collected by locals.
Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground
also permits camping and is located 8km from Franklin. The grassed area overlooks the Huon River with a hilly backdrop. Toilets and a playground are here, fees apply and are collected daily and dogs are prohibited.
The Southern Forest region is just beautiful and gives you the opportunity to come and see the magnificent tall timbers Tasmania is famous for. Bushwalking, airwalking, hang gliding and soaking up the sounds and scents of the forest are all on the cards here.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
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