Still harbours, misty valleys, a fringe of wilderness – Tasmania’s southeast has much to entice. The apple-producing heartland of the Apple Isle, this fertile area also churns out cherries, apricots, Atlantic salmon, wines, mushrooms, cheeses, vodka…and apple cider! The wide, tea-coloured Huon River remains the region's lifeblood and pretty much everything that claims 'southernmost in Australia' is here.
As you head south, the fruity hillsides of the Huon Valley give way to the sparkling inlets of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, with Bruny Island afloat just offshore. Hartz Mountains National Park rises a short way inland, providing a grandstand view into the depths of Tasmania's southwest wilderness, and, further south, the epic South Coast Track kicks off at magnificent Recherche Bay.
The plethora of French names here reflects the fact that French explorers Bruni d’Entrecasteaux and Nicolas Baudin charted much of the region’s coastline in the 1790s and early 1800s.