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Published June 20th 2016
Villages, scarecrows, rainforests and more
Get lost in Tasmania's Far South and discover hidden gems. This is such a unique destination; you can't take a wrong turn. This region has it all – quaint villages, pretty gardens, creative scarecrows, impressive rainforests, delightful tearooms and Australia's southern-most train journey.
Here are 5 must-do activities and sights in the region:
1. Tahune Airwalk
Immerse yourself in nature's beauty on the Tahune Airwalk. Wander among the treetops and birds, while taking in the breathtaking views. This walk is not for the faint hearted; in the cantilevered section you will be standing 50 metres above the Picton River!
The Huon Pine Walk is another great track. Stroll amongst the huge Huon pines, a rare species of tree. This walk is included in the admission price.
Airwalk prices: Adult - $28 Children over 5 - $14 Family - $56
2. Ida Bay Railway
Chug along a 7.3km track through the bush on a historic World War II Diesel Locomotive. The Ida Bay Railway is Australia's southern-most train journey and has a fascinating history; originally carting limestone to ships.
Ida Bay Railway
The 2-hour return journey includes a short stop at a bush graveyard and a 15 minute break at Deep Hole, a pristine beach. There is also the option to take a 1.5 hour return hike to Southport Lagoon.
Railway prices: Adults - $32
Children (over 3) - $17.20
Family - $75
3. Thelma Retreat Wholefood Teahouse
Tucked in amongst a beautiful garden, off a dirt road is a delightful teahouse that must not be missed. Serving Devonshire tea, breakfast and lunch, Thelma Retreat Wholefood Teahouse specialises in organic locally grown foods.
While Thelma's home made soup and rissoles were a tempting lunch choice, I could not pass up her Devonshire tea with scones made from freshly ground organic flour. The delectable date scones were served with a generous portion of jam and cream and loose-leaf organic tea.
Don't forget to take a stroll outside to explore Thelma's spectacular rose garden.
Thelma's Rose Garden
4. Grandvewe Cheese
Set high on a hill with beautiful views of paddocks and the ocean, Grandvewe Cheese is a fun place to spend a couple of hours.
The sheep milking demonstration is a highlight and costs $5. The whole process usually takes 50 minutes – 10 minutes to load the sheep, 20 minutes to milk and 20 minutes to disinfect and clean.
The cellar door offers cheese and wine tasting and the opportunity to view the cheese making process through a large glass window.
The rich, and flavourful sheep cheese tasting may include White Pearl, a light fresh curd freshly marinated in olive oil, Lemon Myrtle and pepper; La Mancha, a cheese that has matured for 20 months and rubbed with organic olive oil weekly; and Blondie, a light cheese with aromas of truffle and mushroom.
5. Find the Scarecrows
Tasmania's Far South is "Scarecrow Country". Keep your eyes peeled for creative scarecrows sitting or standing on the footpath. These scarecrows are made from a variety of goods including buckets and cans.