Located 62 kilometers southwest of Hobart
on the Huon Highway, Geeveston serves as the gateway to the southern forests of Tasmania and to the Hartz Mountain National Park. Farming and timber are the main industries in the area.
Forest and Heritage Centre
Tourists can learn all about forestry and the history of the Huon Valley with hands-on interpretive displays at the Forest and Heritage Centre in Geeveston. From the Centre, visitors can take a variety of forest walks to apply what they have learned. Also located in the building is the Hartz gallery which contains woodworking equipment on display.
Tahune Forest Airwalk
One of the forest walks available in the area is called the Tahune Airwalk, because it is located above the woods, giving walkers a birdseye view of the forest. The Airwalk is 650 meters long and is constructed of galvanized steel and timber.
Hartz Mountains National Park
The national park can be accessed by 13 km. of road through eucalyptus trees. At the park are trails and stunning views of the rugged terrain and the ocean.
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Located in the Tahune Forest Reserve, this AirWalk was first opened in 2001, and has won numerous awards for its environmental performance and visitor centre. Billed as the longest and highest forest canopy walk in the world, the structure is 48 meters above the forest floor at its highest point, and features a path that is suspended in mid-air high above the converging rivers.
As well as the Airwalk, there are also two walking tracks that you can follow through the forest- one of which features swing bridges that cross high above the rushing river. Trust me when I say that this tourist attraction is not for the faint-hearted, or those who are scared of heights! But, having said that, the surrounding scenery is quite stunning, and it would be a shame to miss out on seeing all of the forest’s natural beauty.
Catherine Van Bergen