The Tahune Airwalk has 3 walks you can complete (the Airwalk itself, the swing bridge walk and the Huon walk). We did the first 2, starting with the Airwalk, which involves a river crossing over the bridge, a short walk and steps up through the bush and the onto the suspended metal Airwalk. It seemed to be about 500 metres long and rose up to about 48 metres above the ground, with spectacular views above the forest canopy and over the river, culminating in a cantilevered walk out to the last section, almost suspended over the river. Fantastic is the only way to describe it, misty rain was falling, which gave the forest an eerie feel. Anyone with a fear of heights should still feel safe enough, even though there is a bit of movement in the suspended walkways.
From there we descended back to the forest floor and decided to do the swing bridge walk as well, which follows the river bank for about another kilometre and then crosses the first of 2 swing bridges, with a walk along the opposite river bank back to the visitors centre. Again, well worth doing. The 2 walks took us about 100 minutes, allowing for photo stops. After a light lunch at the visitors centre and then hit the road again back to Geeveston and Huonville, then crossed the river and headed south again to Cygnet, then to Woodbridge where we went to Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery and bought some cheese. Back to Peppermint Bay Restaurant where we visited the providore for bread to go with the cheese, had a beer/coffee and then to Oyster Bay Pub at Kettering to pick up some beer and wine (to go with the cheese)
. Arrived at our accommodation at Peppermint Ridge Retreat, an owner-built strawbale studio, absolutely fabulous, with views over D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. The owners Albe and Melissa had the wood fire going for us, the fridge was stocked with our breakfast provisions and they also have a selection of local produce (food, wine, beer, chocolate etc) which is available to purchase at very reasonable prices if you don’t want to go shopping for produce (not that much available locally, so this was a great plus for us to have it available here).
Looks like dinner in front of the fire, wine, cheese, spa bath later…and there are electric blankets!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are off to Historic New Norfolk tomorrow after we cook our yummy breakfast.
We woke today to an overcast morning and a bit of light rain and it’s supposed to be 4.8C. Brrrr. A word of warning to anyone staying at Somerset on the Pier…it’s a great location, excellent accommodation and really friendly staff, but the walls are not soundproof. We had a bunch of drunken yobbos arrive home at 2.30am and they kept us awake until about 3.30am. We left Hobart at about 8.00am, bound for Geeveston and the Tahune Airwalk. Went through Huonville, nothing much open on a Sunday morning, so stopped at Franklin Café & Art Gallery for coffee and toast, then on to Geeveston where we bought tickets for the Airwalk and a National Parks car Pass, essential if you are visiting any National Parks (otherwise you will get fined, if your car doesn’t display a pass). The Airwalk is a pleasant 30 minute drive from Geeveston, with a couple of photo stops on the way at Big Tree Lookout and West Creek Lookout, well worth the short time taken to complete both, only a few minutes each.