Great wine and food in a first class establishment. 38 Nairn Street, Ranelagh. – 03 6264 1200 30 minutes drive
Willie Smiths Apple Shed 9/10
Organic cider with light meals and tasting plates- set in a very funky apple shed. They often have live music on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. 2064 Huon Highway, Grove. - 03 6266 4345 35 minutes drive
Peppermint Bay Restaurant 10/10
A stunning spot for lunch so that you can take in the views beside the river. The meals are of a very high standard. It can be busy in summer as there is a boat tour coming down from Hobart daily. 3435 Channel Highway, Woodbridge. – 03 6267 4088 30 minutes drive.
Franks Cider bar & café 8/10
A great little cider house in an old church at Franklin serving their own brand ciders including mulled cider in the colder months. Special events include local musician sessions. The food is prepared by Mona chef and is very good. 3328 Huon Highway Franklin. 06 6266 3828 35 minutes drive.
Bottom Pub Cygnet – Near the roundabout 7/10
The food is very good for pub food- with generous servings however the kitchen can close at 7:30 if it’s quiet.
Kermandie Hotel – 8/10
The hotel is nicely refurbished and severs good meals in the restaurant. 4518 Huon Highway, Port Huon. Across the road from the marina. 03 6297 1052 40 minutes drive
The brewery is Australians oldest operating brewery and is located in Hobart near the base of Mt Wellington. Brewery tours are conducted regularly & best booked in advance. There is also a good restaurant bar located in picture perfect gardens. 140 Cascade Road, South Hobart. 03 6212 7800
Lotus Eaters Café
Good food and coffee in the main street of Cygnet with a lovely outdoor area on sunny days- open Friday to Monday 10 Mary Street, Cygnet
School House Coffee Shop
Good food and coffee in the main street of Cygnet. Very good coffee with 'mug' size options & the comforts of home. 23 Mary Street, Cygnet
Ds Coffee House & Internet Lounge
Good coffee and home made cakes in the main street of Huonville. Very Quirky decor- fresh organic blueberries for sale in season. 10 Main Street, Huonville. – 03 6464 1226
Exploring the Outdoors
Bruny Island Cruises
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys runs cruises all around the SE corner of Tasmania. Their tours are of a very high standard having won many awards. Our favourite is the Bruny Island Cruise which departs from Adventure Bay on Bruny Island taking you by boat to the very end of the island and into Southern Ocean. You can drive to Kettering and meet the tour coach there. You can also join this tour from Hobart. Kettering is 35 minutes drive. 03 6234 4270 -
The ferry to Bruny Island leaves from Kettering approximately hourly. They do not take bookings and the cost is about $38.00 return. We prefer the southern part of the island- the drive to Bruny Island Light House is worthwhile. There are a lot of unsealed roads but they are generally of a high standard. As a side note most vehicle hire companies do not allow their vehicles on Bruny Island or unsealed roads. 35 minutes drive.
Tahune Air Walk
There are several good short walks here above and beside the nightly Huon River- it is well worth the visit. There is an entry fee of about $20 per person. 1 hour 20 minutes drive each way- 70km from the Wattle Grove.
The turn off to the Hartz Mountains is about 10k before the Tahune Air Walk. The last 10km of road is unsealed and can be a bit rough. Arve Falls are worth walking to. About 20 minutes return. From the car park at the end of the road there are 2 main walks. Lake Osbourne is 45 minutes return. This is an easy walk and worth doing. Hartz Peak track goes to the summit and is 4 hours return. Extreme care needs to be taken as blizzards do come through all year round. You can however walk to Lake Esperance 1.5 hour return or Ladies Tarn 2 hours return. 1 hour 10 minutes drive- 68km from Wattle Grove. The last 10km is not sealed.
Mount Field Nation Park has many spectacular walks from short to very long. Entry fees is about $12 per person. Lady Barron Falls 2.5 hours circuit Russell Falls 25 minute circuit Tall Trees 30 minute circuit Pandani Grove 40 minute circuit 2 hours 20 minutes drive- 150km from house Wattle Grove.
Hastings Caves Reserve offers a variety of experiences- experience the warm waters of a thermal spring’s pool, walking in the rich forests of the reserve or explore Newdegate Cave. 1 hour 20 minutes - 84km from Wattle Grove
Cockle creek is located on Recherche Bay and is the entry point to the South West National Park. This is as far south as you can drive in Australia! The drive takes you south through Dover and Southport, past the entry to Hastings Caves then on to Catamaran and Recherche Bay which is a stunning part of the world. The last 20km is dirt and can be muddy after rain. There are a number of walks from the car park. Bronze Whale Sculpture 10 minutes, Fischers Point 2 hours return and South Cape Bay 4 hours return. We can recommend the South Cape Bay walk: The first 45 minutes is quite a rocky track which then opens out onto flat marsh land. The last 40 minutes is sandy and takes you through light forest with 2 creek crossing. Once at the bay the scenery is stunning. It does rain 212 days a year and can very cold so we recommend that you dress appropriately and carry essential gear. 1hour 50 minutes- 106km from Wattle Grove.
Other things to do and see....
The drive to the top of Mount Wellington is worth the effort. The views are stunning on a clear day however it can be very cold and windy up there. If there has been a lot of snow or icy conditions the road may be closed. Our preferred route from Wattle Grove is to head toward Hobart then turn left at Sandfly, on to Longley and then to take the B64 to Fern Tree. From there take the Pinnacle Road. If returning via Hobart consider stopping for a coffee at the Cascade Brewery along the route. about 1 hour 10 minutes- 60km to top from Wattle Grove
Mona is considered to be one of the best modern art galleries in the world. 1 hour 10 minutes- 70km from Wattle Grove
573 Wattle Grove Rd, Wattle Grove, Tasmania Australia