Geeveston

A small timber milling and apple growing town, Geeveston is the gateway to the rugged Hartz Mountains National Park. Some of the tallest hardwood trees in the world (up to 95 m high) grow here. Geeveston is also the stepping off point for the Tahune AirWalk and cruises on Port Huon.

Australian Paper Mills pulp mill at Hospital Bay was opened in 1962 and its deep sea wharf is capable of loading two ships simultaneously.

Where Is it?

62 km south west of Hobart, 12 km west of Cygnet, in the Huon Valley.

Things To See And Do

The Forest & Heritage Centre, which details the history of the timber industry in the area, is located in Geeveston.

Chainsaw-crafted statues of some of the region’s memorable personalities are dotted around town. A sportsman who has been honoured this way is dual silver-medal winning Olympian, rower Simon Burgess.

The town’s most overt symbol (it is impossible to miss as you drive through town on the Huon Highway) is the huge trunk of a Swamp Gum (eucalyptus regnans) logged in Arve Valley on 10 December 1971. A sign on the side of the trunk proudly declares that the length is 15.8 m, the girth 6.7 m, it weighs 57 tonnes and its volume 56.7 cubic metres.

Huon Trail

The Huonville Trail, driving south from Huonville and following the left bank of the Huon River and Estuary, is rewarding. It passes through numerous small towns on the way to Recherche Bay and Cockle Creek, the most southerly point in Australia that can be reached by motor vehicle.

Surrounding Area

Port Huon

Just a few kilometres north of Geeveston is Port Huon which was once the most important port in the district. The development of containerised shipping and the reduction in timber exports has resulted in its decline.


Tahune Forest AirWalk

Tahune Forest AirWalk is a spectacular aerial walkway through the rainforest canopy on the banks of the Huon River. It offers breathtaking views of the forest canopy from spine-tingling swinging bridges across the Huon and Picton Rivers.


Hartz Mountains National Park

Hartz Mountains National Park is a window into the south-west wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast. As well as spectacular views of a landscape which has been shaped by glaciers during past ice ages, the park offers a variety of unique features. Waterfalls tumble off the dolerite range that runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau. There are a number of walking tracks and nature trails in the park and the Arve Loop Road, which leads to the park, passes through some of the most dramatic rainforest country in Australia. The park is included in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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