The pit stop: Geeveston
Blending forestry heritage with small-screen fame as the setting for the ABC’s Rosehaven comedy series, Geeveston sits on the cusp of the World Heritage wilderness, but has its own inherent charms.
Get in fast if you want to catch a feed at Masaaki’s Sushi. Regularly touted as Australia’s best sushi, it’s found in Geeveston’s former Anglican church from midday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but only until the sushi, sashimi and nigiri is sold out, which tends to happen rather quickly.
The Little Black Fridge is one of Tasmania’s most enticing roadside stalls. Set at the edge of town, it’s a literal little black fridge stocked with baked goodies – cookies, brownies, hummingbird cake – from April Matusik, the former owner and pastry chef of Hobart’s Small-fry cafe.
The Old Bank of Geeveston is primarily a restaurant, but the beautifully shaded outdoor deck lends a European touch to a morning coffee, while the restaurant was the judges’ choice for best regional wine list at the 2021 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Awards.
Tahune Adventures is one of Geeveston’s principal attractions, and the experience needn’t end when the sun sets. Tahune has onsite accommodation in a cabin and a large lodge. Guests stay among the towering forest, but also have the chance to wander and stargaze from the elevated AirWalk at night.
Geeveston is the natural gateway to Hartz Mountains National Park, but you don’t need to leave town to get an enticing shot of nature. Trailing along the bank of the Kermandie River through Heritage Park is the Platypus Walk, providing glimpses at the river and its resident monotremes. The 600-metre-long walk’s name isn’t hyperbole – I spied a platypus within five minutes of setting out along the sealed path.