The Jetty House Southport


A great base to explore Tasmania's Far South,  with walks-beaches, mountains, forests; Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs: Ida Bay Tourist Railway and the Southport Lagoon Walk; fossicking and simply relaxing, All within 2 hours drive from Hobart



The Jetty House is located at Southport, a comfortable 90 minutes drive from Hobart through the beautiful Huon Valley.  On the drive south of Hobart explore the wonderful waterways and wilderness, Huonville, Franklin, Geeveston, Hartz Mountains N.P., Tahune Airwalk and Dover.

Southport is in Tasmania's Far South, between the World Heritage Southwest National park and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.



Nearby is the Hastings Reserve (15 minutes drive) where you can visit the extensive and ornate Newdegate Cave (hourly tours) and the Thermal Springs and swim in a pool of warm (not hot) spring water in the rainforest.

Hastings Reserve (13 km)

Newdegate Cave (18 km)

Mystery Creek Caves (20km)



If you aren't fossicking for gem-stones, birdwatching, relaxing, wine tasting or sightseeing, then walking along beaches, through forests, and up mountains are the main activities.

For more detailed information on walks and other things to do check out the Far South Tasmania website.

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Adamson's Peak

The iconic Fuji-like Adamson's Peak beckons the intrepid. It is a hard 7-10 hour walk but on a clear day you have a birds eye view of the Far South and can see up to Mount Wellington and across the peaks of the World Heritage area all the way to Cox's Bluff.

For more detailed information on walks and other things to do check out the Far South Tasmania website.


Geeveston and Dover-EAT and Drink

Geeveston has quietly turned into a gourmet's paradise. Masaaki's Sushi is considered to be the best in Australia, the Old Bank Cafe is the home of artisanal pastries and cakes.

In Dover The Post Office has the BEST pizzas, a bistro menu that's hard to go past and a good selection of wines in a Fabulous renovated original building.


Southport and the House

Southport has several beautiful beaches and a pub providing good country pub food and well priced local and interstate wines. Our house has big verandas and lounges for relaxing in, a barbeque area and a canoe for guests to use to explore the bay.


When the Weather's not so good

To be honest, it isn't always sunny in the Far South, but even when its rainy there's plenty to do. Once you've visited Hastings Caves and thermal springs and walked in dripping rain forest (all perfect in the rain),  what could be nicer spend time relaxing next to a roaring fire and read a book while the children occupy themselves in the separate lounge.

Check the weather in Southern Tasmania now

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Because there are no built up areas to the south of Southport and because we are closer to the magnetic pole than some parts of Antartica, Southport is a good base for Aurora spotting. You do have to be lucky- there are no guarantees, but if you are keen, come in winter near the NEW moon and if you can, pick clear weather then cross your fingers! Image taken at the Southport Jetty, May 2017 Bex Beavan




For clear water and stunning scenery, you'd have to travel far to beat Cockle Creek. From here you can head out towards Australia's southernmost point, Southeast Cape and visit the wild Southern Ocean at South Cape Bay (5-7 hours return) or take the easy and beautiful road and amble to the historic pub site, Fisher's Point (1-2 hours return). Image: Courtesy Tourism Tasmania & Dennis Harding


DuckHole Lake Walk

Perfect for families, and you are even allowed to bring your dog, Duckhole Lake walk is an easy 1 1/2 hour walk through rainforestto a flooded sinkhole at the foot of the mountains. If you are lucky you might see a lyrebird on the way or a platypus in the mirror calm waters of the lake.



Another activity for children of all ages. Who can resist a train ride. This one follows an historic route through buttongrass plain and open forest, along the edge of Ida Bay and the mouth of the Lune River to Deep Hole beach. Make a day of it, pack a picnic and catch a later train home. If you feel energetic you can take the 2 hour return hike to Southport Lagoon, a beautiful wild place that few visit.

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Esperance Adventures

If you want to get out on the water and see the Far South from a different perspective, Matt from Esperance Adventures can help.  He has comfortable, stable kayaks for hire and he  can take you on a variety of 1/2 and full day guided tours.



If you are interested in rocks and minerals, a visit to Lunaris Gemstones is a must. Chrys and Boris have an extensive range of specimens from Tasmania, Australia and the world available for purchase at their showroom, They also have a fabulous display of fossilised Jurassic tree ferns and other fossils from this area. If you want to find your own treasures, they are the people to go to for advice on the best fossicking spots and they can show you examples of the minerals and fossils to be found.