Destination: Huon Valley, TAS

By: Ali Millar, Photography by: Glenn Wardle

The rural landscape and wide selection of wineries and places to eat make of the Huon Valley perfectly suited for a campfire camping expedition.


Destination: Huon Valley, TAS

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There’s something appealing about rugging up for a campfire, sitting beneath blankets and drinking hot chocolate under the stars, before retiring to the cosy interior of your camper  for an epic night’s sleep in comfort and warmth.

Travel opportunities abound in Tasmania – and although camping there during the southern winter may be a very different beast to camping in the warmer months, I reckon it’s entirely underrated. With a blanket-laden camper hitched to the back of your car, you’re sure to be in for a treat.

We set our sights on the Huon Valley, just outside Hobart in Tasmania’s southeast. This region is perfect for self-drive touring and is renowned for its fresh local produce, cool-climate wines and peaceful rural vibes – sounds like a winning destination to me!


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Having bought some meat to cook on the campfire, as well as a range of preserves, we continued on. But just five minutes down the road we were sidetracked by the sign for Home Hill winery.

We were welcomed into the warmth of the restaurant and found ourselves at the tasting counter, the outlook across the vineyard providing a pretty rural backdrop as we worked our way down the list of reds.

Be sure not to overlook the Summer Kitchen Bakery on your way through.This cosy little corner store and cafe has an array of sourdough breads, pastries, pies and cakes, and I can highly recommend the wallaby pie, followed by a piece of their amazing carrot cake.

On the other side of town you’ll find Huon Bush Retreats, a refuge of dense bush high up on the hillside. We enjoyed the view across the forested valley from one of the lookouts on the property. There’s a selection of bushy campsites and a network of walking tracks to explore, including one to the summit of Mount Misery, where on clear days you can see across to Bruny Island and down toward the south-west wilderness.


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The nearby town of Cygnet, which we accessed by the Channel Highway, has the lovely feel of a close-knit rural community. It’s worth spending some time wandering the main street, where you’ll find a mix of cafes, antique stores, boutiques and a great little larder filled with local vegies, fruit and cheeses.

If you time your trip right, the Cygnet Farmers Market, held on the first and third Sunday of each month, is a great place to stock up your camper pantry with fresh produce while enjoying the colourful market atmosphere.

When it came time to leave, we took one of the back roads towards Woodbridge. Smoke poured out of chimneys, dilapidated barns dotted the roadside and cows grazed in the paddocks as the road climbed. Then, as we came down off the ridgeline, the view opened up across the water, the steep sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula just visible in the distance.

We made it just in time to pick out a strong-tasting sheep cheese from Grandewe Cheeses – the last treat required to round out our night’s camping feast. Grandewe offers beautiful views across the water from Birchs Bay. You can sample the array of cheeses, and be sure to try the boutique gin and vodka – unusually made from sheep whey.


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