Cygnet is located 66 kilometres south of Hobart and is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of the picturesque Huon Valley, and nearby Bruny Island. The Cygnet area has a number of wineries, potters, wood craftsmen, craft and antique shops and tea rooms. With historic buildings, orchards, vineyards, cafes and art galleries a plenty, you can spend days exploring, bush walking or fishing.
Bruny Island is an island of contrasts – gentle countryside and 300m wild sea cliffs that plunge into the Southern Ocean. There are quiet beaches and roaring surf, seabirds, lighthouses, and a rich heritage of whalers and explorers.
In 1788, Captain William Bligh of the Bounty planted Tasmania’s first apple tree at Adventure Bay – beginning a journey for Tasmania that sees it being known as the “Apple isle”. Fruit trees still line the highways and country roads of the Huon and Channel district to this day. Heart of the apple country is Huonville, on the willow-lined banks of the Huon River.
As the Huon’s waters approach the sea, they flow past the river town of Franklin where boat builders learn the traditional skills of shaping local timbers.
Further south is the forest town of Geeveston, where at nearby Tahune you can walk above the rainforest canopy on the AirWalk.