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  • Hastings Caves

    Hastings Caves

  • Ida Bay Railway

    Ida Bay Railway

  • Southcape Bay

    Southcape Bay

  • Southport Jetty

    Southport Jetty

  • Pelican Island Southport Bay

    Pelican Island Southport Bay

  • Hartz Mountains

    Hartz Mountains

  • Bruny Island from Southport

    Bruny Island from Southport

  • Southern Ranges view from Southport

    Southern Ranges view from Southport

  • Hastings Caves
  • Ida Bay Railway
  • Southcape Bay
  • Southport Jetty
  • Pelican Island Southport Bay
  • Hartz Mountains
  • Bruny Island from Southport
  • Southern Ranges view from Southport

Far South Tasmania Attractions

Southport - Coastal SettlementSouthport - Coastal Settlement

Southport - Coastal Settlement

The small coastal settlement of Southport (Baie de Moules) hosted one of the larger convict probation stations in the mid 1800s. These days, it attracts lots of holiday makers through summer and boasts four safe beaches. The foreshore and spectacular bull kelp forest coastline invite you for a walk. Roaring beach, facing east and overlooking South Bruny Island is the local surf spot. Nearby, at Burial Point, you can wander amongst a group of Eucalyptus Tenuiramis and find many orchids in spring. The views from the point are lovely. There is a boat ramp at the "Southport Narrows". This is the entry to the quiet waterways of Hastings Bay and the Lune River. A great spot for canoeing and kayaking. Southport's large habitat variations offers a great opportunity for birdwatching. Endangered birds such as the Wedge Tailed Eagle, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Swift Parrots and Fourty Spotted Pardalotes can be observed.

Hastings Caves And Thermal Pool

Hastings Caves And Thermal Pool

Only a 15 minutes drive from Southport. One of the world's great dolomite caves. Lovely forest walks. A 28°C naturally heated spring water swimming pool. Guided tours, visitors centre, cafe and pool open daily except Christmas Day!

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Ida Bay Railway

Ida Bay Railway

Heritage listed bush railway. Scenic return trip of 14km/ 2hrs through native bushland and along the waters edge to Deep Hole, a beautiful beach. The two hour round trip runs from the Lune River station through buttongrass bushland to the banks of Ida Bay and then onto the old limestone pier at Deep Hole, for a beachside stop before returning to the station. Marked bushwalking tracks lead to Southport Lagoon and the Southport Bluff Beach- take your time and a picnic and catch a later return train at your leisure!

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Esperance Adventures

Esperance Adventures

Kayak Tours on the Lune River, in Port Esperance Bay, in Recherche Bay and more now available. A wonderful way to experience the waterways of Far South Tasmania. Stable Kayaks also available for hire. Contact Matt on 0428 279 002.

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Recherche Bay, Cockle Creek And The Southwest WildernessRecherche Bay, Cockle Creek And The Southwest Wilderness

Recherche Bay, Cockle Creek And The Southwest Wilderness

Cockle Creek marks the southern end of the continent and "as far South as you can drive in Australia". It is the entrance to the rugged, wild and remote Southwest National Park, with impressive mountain peaks, tranquil waterways and expansive button grass plains. Recherche Bay is also of great historic significance. Indigenous people occupied this area for times still not precisely known. In 1792/3 French Scientists lead by rear-admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux visited Recherche Bay and made encounters with a group of indigenous people.

Southport Lagoon Conservation Area

Southport Lagoon Conservation Area

The easiest way to get to Southport Lagoon is by taking the Ida Bay Railway which takes you to Deep Hole Beach. The walking track to the Lagoon and to Southport Bluff leaves from the "train station". At the Bluff are a few specimens of a rare member of the epacris family (Epacris stuartii). These are the only ones known in the world and are particularly vulnerable to human impact. The King George III Monument is the tombstone for the convicts who perished in the wreck of the ship King George III and should be respected as a grave site.

Gemstone Fossicking

Gemstone Fossicking

The area is well known for gemstone fossicking. Petrified wood and ferns, agates and crystals can be found. The "Rock Shop" Lunaris Gemstones in Lune River has a beautiful collection of fossils and gemstones.

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Tahune Forest Airwalk

Tahune Forest Airwalk

Only 75 minutes away, Tahune has beautiful views of the surrounding forests. Why not visit the Airwalk on the way to Southport?

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Food in the Far South

Food in the Far South

Southern Forest Accommodation is perfect for self catering. We provide plenty of little extras to help you prepare your favourite food. If you prefer to eat out, here are some great options:

Southport Hotel: Generous meals daily in the Hotel or easy Takeaway from the shop. For bookings call 03 6298 3144.

Rocket at the End of the Road: Pop up Cafe near Southport Jetty. Open through summer season for great coffee, biscuits and icecream. @rocketattheendoftheroad

Hastings Caves Visitor Centre: Scones, Coffee and more. Open daily.

The Railway Station Cafe: Last stop for a good feed. Open every day the train runs.

RSL Dover: Great meals every day!

Post Office 6985: Dover, open Thu till Su, Pizzas and Bistro Menu.

Bakehouse Distillery: Dover, Taste indiginious Botanical Spirit from Tasmania's Far South and in season produce from the woodfired kitchen. Tastings and purchases Fridays 4 to 6 pm, Sa, Su and Public Holidays 10 to 12 noon and 4 pm to 6 pm

And on your way south make sure to get a taste of the Huon Valley food, cider and wine experience. Here are some recommendations: Willie Smiths @ Huonville, Home Hill Wines @ Ranelagh, Franks Cider @ Franklin, Masaaki Sushi @ Geeveston and Old Bank of Geeveston Artisan Food.

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SOUTHERN FOREST ACCOMMODATION, 30 JAGER ROAD, SOUTHPORT, TASMANIA

Follow A6 from Hobart via Huonville to Southport junction, turn left at Southport junction, follow signs, turn right before Southport Tavern

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30 Jager Road, Southport, Tasmania
TEL: 03 6298 3306 or 0421 321 390
EMAIL: info@southernforest.com.au