Flying over the Huon River.
Flying over the green pastures.
Head up the Huon River in a custom-made jet boat, passing by old jetties and small Huon pines ... but hang on to your seat!
Huon River Jet Boats are very much part of the Huon River. They run two 12-seater and one five-seater jet boats; they have a pedal boat and aqua bike and they also hire out canoes and run the Boatshed Cafe.
The two 12-seaters are Mariton hull custom-built jet boats that were built in Tasmania. They each have a 6.5 litre, V8 turbo-charged, inter-cooled diesel engine that produces 300hp at 3600rpm. The engines' jet unit pumps out five tonnes of water each minute, and they can run down into 100mm of water. The steering is quite sensitive and has nothing protruding below the hull.
The boats have been noise reduced so they are environmentally friendly, but if the driver needs to talk, he will have to stop this is mainly because he needs all his concentration to go into the driving of the boats.
The Huon River is about 140km long and has many small creeks that drain the southern slopes of Mt Wedge, Mt Anne and the Arthur Ranges from the Huon Plain.
From the pontoon, the jet boat heads up river for about 12km, passing by old jetties, farming land and a natural vegetation belt that includes small Huon pines.
At various stages, the river is quite shallow and there are a few spots where rock formations have made little rapids. You will go close to the river's edge and you'll also dodge obstacles such as rocks and dead trees. When you reach Glen Huon, the boat does a spin and you head back along the way you came, except you will more than likely know more about the river and the general area than you did on the way out.
If you would rather see the beauty of the Huon area from the air, Terry and Margaret Mulholland run Tasmanian Seaplanes. Terry has 50 years' aviation experience and their two Maule 7 235bs operate out of the Port Arthur Historic Site and Wrest Point Casino. They purchased the aircraft new from the American manufacturer, and they carry the pilot with three adults or two adults and two children.
They are high performance with low noise levels, and need only 400 metres of water for take off and landing. When over water, they at fly about 150 metres and over land 450 metres, weather dependent. They offer trips to other destinations such as Lake Pedder, Freycinet and Lake St Clair.