Day trip south of Huonville

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 19:00


The plan for today was to travel down to the Tahune Airwalk and visit some of the towns on the way. If time allowed then to travel to the end of the road, supposedly the most southerly trafficable road in Australia.
We skipped Franklin as we plan to go there tomorrow after the boat trip. The town of Greeveston is very well set up and you need to turn off the main Road into the original main street. Parking is available off the main road behind the shopping street. This town also serves as the turn off to the Tahune Air Walk.
We stopped at 2 of the lookouts along the road. The first was actually called "Look in Look Out" and was a walk into the forest with a display of an old boiler and winch on wooden rails and a short walk to some very large trees.

The second lookout was called West Creek Lookout and had a short track leading to the river and a metal elevated walkway to view the forest and river from.

The next stop was the Tahune Airwalk, this was a professional tourist set up with a restaurant and service centre. To reach the airwalk you leave the visitor centre and cross the Huon River on a concrete bridge and up the hill on the other side. There is a reasonably long climb up a gravel track that has some steps. On arrival at the start of the Airwalk you enter a metal walkway that is reasonably narrow and if you need to you can hang on with both hands. The view is great and the section where you can travel out on a canter lever that overhangs the river is spectacular even if it swayed in the wind on the day.

Leaving the Airwalk after a very nice morning tea in the café we headed back the Greeveston and the road south.
The road was good and as usual had lots of twists and turns. We stopped at Dover for lunch and sat looking out over the bay and Beaches.
There is a small caravan/camping park that looked well presented from the road, although it has a number of cabins and didn't appear to have a lot of Caravan sites.

We bypassed Southport, planning to stop there on the way back and headed to Cockle Creek. Just as well we didn't stop as when we go to the last part of the road we found out that the old bridge is about to be replaced and they are only opening it between the hours of 10am till 4pm and manning it warning people to obey the speed limit and weight limit on the bridge. The new bridge is supposed to be constructed during the break in the summer tourist traffic over winter.

Returning we stopped in at Southport where we passed the Hotel and Caravan Park on the way to the town. The beach and bay is really beautiful.

We then travelled back to Huonville to rest up for tomorrow.

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