Huonville, with a population of just 1600, is the largest town in Tasmania's Huon Valley in the state's south. Once covered in tall forests, timber milling became a major industry and the softwood Huon pine was commercially coveted. Only very young pines can be seen now and most of the cleared area has been planted with apple and pear orchards. There are also some good vineyards in the area as well as green pastureland. The town straddles the banks of the Huon River and is the commercial centre of the Valley.
Huon Bush Retreats is in hundreds of hectares of Mount Misery Habitat Reserve, just the place to get close to nature. Native creatures range freely day and night and you can see them on the half-hour loop through old growth forest. Trees are enormous and you can cool off in the shade of tree ferns.
Three contemporary solar-powered, self-contained cabins are in private, natural settings. They have queen bed, double sofa bed, trundle, well equipped kitchen, indoor shower and outdoor bath, open fire and composting toilets. Enormous decks give excellent views of the old growth forest.
There are three tent sites, one amongst tree ferns and two linked by a short track to provide a group camping space. You can take your own food supplies, but if you prefer, meals can be prepared for you and served to your cabin for an extra charge.
Two separate campervan sites suit vehicles up to seven metres. (Council restrictions prohibit caravans on Browns Road).
A central ablutions block with showers, toilets and laundry facilities serves the sites and there is a barbecue area and sheltered picnic spot.