Geeveston

Population 761

Geeveston, on the cusp of enormous Southwest National Park, is driven by thriving timber and forestry industries, and slow-moving timber trucks frequent the roads. Swamp Gum, the trunk of a logged eucalypt 15.8 metres in length and weighing 57 tonnes, stands on the highway as the town's mascot. The other principal industry, apple farming, is responsible for the magnificent apple blossom in late September.

Visitor Information

Forest and Heritage Centre, Church St; (03) 6297 1836

www.forestandheritagecentre.com

Nearby national parks

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Mount Field National Park

    Mount Field is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania and also one of the most diverse. In its lowland rainforests there are glades of...more

Nearby towns

  • Cygnet

    Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915...more

  • Huonville

    Huonville produces more than half of Tasmania's apples and is surrounded by blossoming fields of apples, cherries, plums, pears, berries...more

  • Dover

    Dover lies beside the waters of Esperance Bay and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, with the imposing figure of Adamson's Peak in the background....more

In Town

Forest and Heritage Centre Comprising 4 different sections, including the Forest Room and Hartz Gallery, the centre offers a comprehensive look at forest practices with computer games, timber species exhibits and a woodturning viewing area. Church St; (03) 6297 1836.

Southern Design Centre Tasmanian timber furniture is lovingly crafted on-site here. Watch resident artisans demonstrate skills in various mediums and browse the showrooms for art and craft, exquisite giftware and home furnishings. 11 School Rd.

Geeveston Highlands Salmon and Trout Fishery: world's first catch-and-release Atlantic salmon fishery with a 1.6 ha salmon lake and 0.4 ha trout lake. Fly-fishing tuition available; bookings on (03) 6297 0030; 172 Kermandie Rd.

Bears Went Over the Mountain: sales of teddy bears and assorted antiques; 2 Church St.

Nearby

Hartz Mountains National Park The Huon Valley used to be wholly glaciated and this national park displays some remarkable glacial features and morainal deposits. Lake Hartz is the largest of the glacial lakes that surround the 1255 m high Hartz Mountain. There are walking tracks through forests of Tasmanian waratah, snow gums, yellow gum and alpine heath, and Waratah Lookout affords fantastic views. Self-guided brochure and park pass are available from the visitor centre. Off Arve Rd; 23 km SW.

Tahune Forest AirWalk Opened in 2001, this is the longest and highest forest canopy walk in the world. Read More

Arve Forest Drive: scenic drive following the Arve River Valley that takes in the Look-In Lookout (an information booth and lookout perch), the Big Tree Lookout (remarkable, large swamp gum), picnic areas and the Keoghs Creek Walk (a great short streamside walk); 10 km W.

Southwest National Park: Tasmania's largest national park offers walking tracks of varying difficulty, beautiful scenic drives and plentiful fishing. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service in Huonville for up-to-date information on track and weather conditions; (03) 6264 8460; 60 km s.

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 45 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more


Salmon Ponds 46 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 12 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more


Tahune AirWalk 18 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more


Mount Wellington Walks 39 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more


Salamanca Market 45 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more


Island Cycle Tours 45 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 58 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 42 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more


Moo Brew 48 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more


Two Metre Tall Company 48 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more


Campsites around town

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 4 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more


Arve River Picnic Ground camping area 10 km

Along the Arve Rd, 14 km west of Geeveston, this streamside picnic and camping area is tucked away in a forest reserve beside the pretty Arve River. There are lovely spots to put up your tent among the ferns, as well as... Find out more


Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 10 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more


Cygnet Holiday Park 12 km

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more


Bush camping (walk-in camping) 14 km

Walk-in bush camping is allowed almost anywhere in the park, except close to roads, in day-use areas or around Osborne and Esperance lakes and Ladies Tarn. You will need to be self-sufficient: bring drinking water and a... Find out more


Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area 15 km

Beside the Esperance River, these forest campsites have fireplaces, soft, mossy ground and a babbling brook to lull you to sleep after your walk to Duckhole Lake or Adamsons Falls nearby. You will need to carry your gear... Find out more


Tahune camping area 18 km

In the forest beside the Tahune AirWalk carpark, there are a handful of sites where you can set up camp in a campervan or caravan to enjoy this magnificent riverside forest and its teetering, cantilevered canopy walkway.... Find out more


Dover Beachside Tourist Park 19 km

This popular beachside caravan park has everything from cabins and campsites to wifi access, and it ticks all the boxes for family fun. The kids will love the playground and the sheltered beach across the road,... Find out more


Neck Reserve camping area 35 km

The Neck is a narrow, sandy isthmus joining north and south Bruny. Halfway along it is a must-see lookout with 360-degree views, and at night the sand dunes below come alive with penguins. The camping area is sheltered... Find out more


Jetty Beach camping area 38 km

Behind the gentle curve of Jetty Beach, this camping ground among the trees is very popular – and deservedly so. Sheltered from the south-west, it faces a sandy cove with clear water, safe swimming, great... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 29 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


New Norfolk Caravan Park 45 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Treasure Island Caravan Park 48 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more


Barilla Holiday Park 56 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bears over the Mountain

This curiously named B&B takes the bear theme to considerable heights. Not only is each suite named after famous teddy makers – or creators, as in the case of the Milne suite – you’ll also find more... Find out more


Cambridge House

Geeveston used to be known as Lightwood Bottom until the Geeves family established themselves here and built this grand Edwardian house in 1870. Today their home is heritage-listed; offering period-style B&B... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 23 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more


Rest areas around town

New Norfolk park area 44 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.


Gretna park area 54 km

At Gretna

Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.


What's on around town

Tasmanian Forest Festival: biennial event in Mar.

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