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Geeveston - Whhels in The Park

Looking for something to do in Frist week in February, consider the Geeveston - Wheels in the park - Car & Bike show.  Full details can be found at www.geevestonwheels.com but come and stay in the HuonValley and book a nights accommodation at www.riverfrontestate.com.au and take a day trip to Geeveston.  Another great option is the Old Geeveston Bank, they have a great coffee but some unreal cakes and pastries.
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Places to Eat in The Huon Valley - Franklin - Osteria at Petty Sessions

Just recently open at the old Petty Sessions, Osteria offers a mix of local seafood and meats.  Its at a great location on the Huon River at Franklin.   I had the mix of local meats with pear, which was lovely, followed by a smashing hamburger with chips.  They had a mix of Oysters from around Tasmania and whats on offer depends on the time of year and availability.  Quite a large venue with plenty of room for large groups.   So if you are looking for a nice meal in the huonvalley stop in at Osteria. +61 3 6266 3488

Osteria at Franklin

So when you booking your Huon Valley accommodation at Riverfront Estate, give them a go


Hastings Caves - Make a Day of It, when exploring the Huon Valley

I first visited the caves in my childhood and have been back a number of times since, including taking my own children to experience the Thermal Pool at the very least.   Hastings caves are a Dolomite cave and thermal spring system about 3/4 hour south of Huonville. Its important to try not to rush the visit so leave a day to get there and back.  Staying at Riverfront Estate makes a perfect base for a day tour of Hastings Caves.  
Newdegate cave - the jewel of the Hastings Caves State reserve is a multi-levelled dolomite cave delicately decorated with crystal straws and stalactites.Hastings caves is the largest Dolomite show-cave in the Sothern Hemisphere.
There are guided tours lasting 45minitues, fees do apply.As well as the caves there are easy walks around the areas with lovely ferny man fern glades.Look for the local platypus in the creek, but best of all take a dip in the thermal pool with a year round temperature of 28degs.
Take a picnic lunch to use the BBQ facilities to relax a…

Huon Valley Food & Wine Tours

The first ever Short street Masterclass is going to be on Saturday the 14th of December. Run on site at The Block Steakhouse @ the Manor in Huonville. If you would like to make a weekend of it, why not stay overnight at Rivefront Estate. 

Short Street Master Class Join the owner & operator of The Block steakhouse Jonathan Bull, for a smoking masterclass and lunch. Using grass fed, dry-aged Tasmanian beef from King 1801, Imperial Beef King Island.

During the Masterclass Jonathan will cover a range of points and cooking techniques including:

-Choosing the right quality beef, the right cut & the right size
-How to trim your brisket
-Seasoning your brisket
-Smoking for best results. Types of smokers, types of wood
-Setting smokers up at home
-Cooking your brisket, temperature, time & resting
-Preparing traditional accompaniments
-Hot smoking Huon salmon

As cooking the brisket from start to finish can take 12-18 hours,  this class will step you through the entire process over a few hours…

Huon River Anglers Access Guide

Getting There  The Huon River can be accessed at Huonville, approximately 40 km south of Hobart via the A6.
Background  Flowing 100 kilometres from Lake Pedder to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in south-east Tasmania, the Huon River threads through country ranging from wilderness to cultivated orchards and pasture. In 1887 Governor Sir Robert Hamilton landed a brown trout in the Huon River that weighed 13 kg and measured over 900 mm in length. This is still the largest brown trout landed in Tasmania and Australia
Recreational Fishery Management  The Huon River is managed as a wild trout fishery. The Huon River is also recognised as a recreational whitebait fishery. Separate rules and regulations apply to whitebait check the Inland Fishery Service (IFS) website for details on when the season is open for both white bait and trout.  As its within the IFS control you do require a license when fishing above the seaward details outlined below.
Seaward Limit Inland angling regulations and lice…

Some Unusal Flora at River Front Estate

This is one of our unusal garden members, Kowhai Tree from NZ, or Sophora microphylla is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to New Zealand, it has been in the garden for many years and while it hasn't grown to the height suggested of 8m, it has amazing yellow flowers that come out in early spring.  As to how it got into the garden at Riverfront estate Huon Valley accommodation, I reckon it was my grandmothers doing.