Surrounded by rolling hills and fruit orchards in the heart of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, the scenic town of Cygnet has become something of a haven for artists, artisans … and grey nomads.

And it’s not hard to see why.

While still very much an agricultural area with a surrounding landscape filled with cherries, berries and apples, Cygnet – located a little under 60 kilometres from Hobart – has evolved in recent years.

Today, it has become a mecca for a range of creative types, including artists, craftspeople, writers and musicians.

The town boasts art galleries, woodturning studios … and the opportunity to take workshops in all manner of design activities including printmaking and book binding.


Not surprisingly, local produce is also a big feature of life here, and there are plenty of wholefood shops, as well as eateries focussed on fresh and delicious food from the area.

And, on the first and third Sunday of each month, a popular and vibrant farmers market is held. Also, in the area are a number of cider cellar doors, and there are also several excellent wineries across the Huon Valley.

The Cygnet Living History Museum is another must-visit for most grey nomads, and it boasts a massive range of information, photographs and artefacts highlighting the area’s unique local history.


The scenic road to Cygnet from Slab Road. PIC: Paul County

The bay was named Port des Cygnes (Port of Swans) in 1793, by French navigator Bruni D’Entrecasteaux after he observed a multitude of swans here. The first European to settle in the district though was William Nichols in 1834 and, in those early years, it became a major centre for convicts.

However, land was advertised for sale to the public in 1848, and the Post Office opened in 1854. There are examples of Cygnet’s history colliding with its foodie present everywhere. For example, you can enjoy a paddock to plate dining experience at Port Cygnet Cannery, once an apple cannery; or a coffee and a meal at the Cygnet Old Bank.

As well as strolling around the historic streets, most grey nomads will enjoy a walk to Port Cygnet, a kilometre or two to the south, where many small yachts and pleasure vessels are anchored. As you would expect in such a beautiful area, there are also some great bushwalks about, and some fabulous drives to enjoy.

With so many interesting people calling the town home, it is no surprise that Cygnet boasts a range of great events with the Cygnet Folk Festival – held every January – the jewel in the crown.

The only official camping spot in Cygnet itself is the Cygnet Caravan Park, but there are a mix of caravan parks, RV sites and free camps elsewhere in the Huon Valley.

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