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From Hobart: Full-Day Tahune Airwalk & Hastings Caves Tour

1. From Hobart: Full-Day Tahune Airwalk & Hastings Caves Tour

You will travel south of Hobart into the great Southern Forests, through the picturesque Huon Valley, famous for its apple orchards, hence Tasmania being called The Apple Isle. Go along the beautiful Huon River and walk through the tree tops suspended 40 m high above the ground, then further south you'll delve 40 m underground into the vast chambers of a cave tour. The first major adventure is to explore the Tahune Forest Airwalk, beginning along the Cantilever stretching for 597 m through the treetops. Enjoy the sensation of being suspended above the Huon River with breathtaking views across the treetops and surrounding mountains. Back on the forest floor you can take on a longer walk (1 hour) to experience the “Swinging Bridges”, crossing both the Picton and Huon rivers. With a 50 m span across the rivers, this is a thrilling experience and makes for fabulous photos. For a more gentle experience there is the easy 20 minute enchanting Huon Pine Walk where these famous and unique local trees grow alongside the river, some as old as 2000 years. Heading south, you'll enjoy a number of easy walks, fabulous scenery and lookouts along the way.The Hastings Cave Reserve is another spectacular place to enjoy a variety of activities, and soak up the atmosphere. Bring your swimming gear and jump into the Thermal Springs swimming pool where the water is always 28 degrees, fed by the naturally heated waters of the thermal springs nearby. Relax in the beautiful forest surrounds or wander the Hot Springs Nature Trail where the warm water meets the cool water, home to the humorous and playful platypus. Then it's time to head underground to explore the spectacular Hastings Caves which are Australia’s largest tourist dolomite caves, expertly shown by the National Parks & Wildlife Guides. The cave temperature is always 9 degrees so bring your jumper along. The return to Hobart takes around 1.5 hours with a few short stops along the way. During the summer months there is ample opportunity to collect delicious local cherries, berries and apples on the way back. This is a fun, diverse and relaxed day out, and you'll return to Hobart around 18:00.

Battery Point: Hastings Caves, Thermal Springs, & Airwalk

2. Battery Point: Hastings Caves, Thermal Springs, & Airwalk

Go an adventure in southern Tasmania with this day trip from Battery Point. Visit old trees and walk across swinging bridges. Explore Hastings cave and take a dip in a warm thermal pool. Learn about local produce at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed.  Be picked up from your accommodation and sit back and enjoy the views as you descend into the beautiful Huon Valley on a winding road. Stop at Tahune Adventures, where can walk among the treetops on the Airwalk, a steel canopy that hangs 50 meters above ground.  Cross the river on a swinging bridge before following the Huon Pine Trail. Breathe the fresh forest air and stop to touch one of Australia’s oldest living trees. Find out how fire has affected the forest and see firsthand the natural regeneration that occurs in a forest environment.  Choose to purchase a Cable Eagle Hang Glider ride that will whisk you 250 meters across the the Huon River at speeds of up to 40 km per hour. Have the chance to buy lunch a the café which serves local produce along with Tassie wine and cider. Continue on a drive through the deep south on the way to the Hastings Caves. Journey underground with a guide to see the largest dolomite cave open to visitors in Australia. Admire spacious caverns, stalactites, columns, shawls, and stalagmites.  Head to a nearby swimming pool which is fed by thermal springs which has year-round 28 degrees Celsius water. After a relaxing soak, make your way to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed.  Enjoy the atmosphere of this rustic barn house, cidery, and restaurant where you can purchase a tasting paddle or hear about the Huon Valley’s history of apple growing. Return to your accommodation in Battery Point. 

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based on 2 reviews

The Guide was an entertaining and informative fellow. The Tahune Walk was fun as some people were reluctant to walk on the moving part of the steel structure .. but with encouragement, even the oldest person ventured out for a photo with her son. The Caves were fabulous and all tourists were in awe of the beauty - the history of its origins & the way walkways have bn put in place to maintain its sensitive & fragile formations for all to appreciate. The Hot Springs amongst fauna on walking tracks were interesting. However, when we arrived at the "Pool" we didn't expect to see a normal backyard type amongst the bush. It was filled with Hot Spring water, and enjoyed by people of all ages - however we envisaged a lovely warm swim, surrounded by rocks & greenery - a natural setting. I hope Parks & Wildlife can justify creating that by hiring some landscapers to create the dream. The tour was really excellent & we will recommend it to friends. ThankU for a wonderful experience... Louise

Travel going there is worth it, though is a long drive from Hobart, you'll not regret sitting on your car seat for more than an hour (one-way). Our guide has so much energy in him that it is being passed on to everyone in the tour. Clayton (not sure if that was the right name - sorry if not) has so much knowledge about nature and other topics that you will learn a lot from him. Special mention to the staff from Hasting Caves for staying late so that they could accommodate our group, and have us experience and not missing out on anything. Really appreciate it, made my birthday very special.

We really enjoyed this day trip. It was a very long day but well worth it. The Airwalk was great once the sun came out and the Cave was absolutely spectacular! Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative and there was plenty of opportunity for bathroom and food stops. Thanks David!

We had a fantastic experience on this tour. It’s definitely one to go on for an immersive nature experience in Hobart. Our guide was also very welcoming and informative and picked us up nearby our hotel.

It was incredible! Definitely worth taking the time to do this tour! Views were breath-taking