An up-to-date travel guide on what to expect on the Tahune Airwalk at Tahune Adventures Tasmania. Find out what it’s like now and whether a visit to Tahune Adventures is worth your time!
The Tahune Airwalk is one of Tasmania’s most popular adventure and tourist attractions. Located in the Tahune Forest area alongside the Huon River, this adventure park offers attractions including the famous Tahune Forest Airwalk and cantilever, walking trails with long swinging suspension bridges, hang gliding and rafting.
What you might not know is that the recent devastating bushfires from 2018 and 2019 caused havoc in the Tahune Forest Area, crippling the park and forcing it to close temporarily. Luckily, Tahune Adventures have since rebuilt and have now reopened to the public.
In this guide, I’ll detail everything you need to know about visiting Tahune Adventures since the reopening to help you decide whether it’s something you want to check out.
Where is the Tahune Airwalk Tasmania?
The Tahune Airwalk is an attraction within the Tahune Adventures park. This park is located on Arve Road, approximately 28 kilometres from Geeveston or 88 kilometres south of Hobart.
Below I’ve pinned the exact location of the Tahune Adventures park.
Combined: Tahune Airwalk & Hastings Caves Day Trip
If you’re in Hobart and considering checking out the Tahune Airwalk, then a good bet might be to book an organised day trip that also includes a trip to Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs.
This combined tour heads 40 metres below and above ground! You’ll get return accommodation transfers, guided tours of the caves, entry to the Tahune Airwalk and all fees are included.
This is one of the most cost-effective ways to experience two of the best attractions in southern Tasmania in a single day.
How to Get to the Tahune Airwalk from Hobart
If you’re not booking a guided tour from Hobart, then you can also drive here yourself. The road is quite bendy with some steep sections but it is sealed the entire way. Tahune Adventures is accessible by any 2WD car or large van/caravan. However, keep in mind that Arve Road can get slippery and icy in Winter.
Begin by heading towards Geeveston on the Huon Highway, approximately 60 kilometres south of Hobart. Once at Geeveston, there are signs turning right to the Hartz Mountains and Tahune Adventures on Arve Road.
You will need to follow Arve Road for 27 kilometres before arriving at the Tahune Adventure Park. There are large red signs along the entire way letting you know you’re getting close.
Did you know: You can also stay at Tahune Adventures Tasmania. There are dorms, bungalows and full family suites available at the Tahune Lodge.
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About Tahune Adventures and the Famous Airwalk
Below I’ll answer all of your questions about visiting Tahune Adventures. This is up-to-date information following the devastating bushfires.
Is the Tahune Airwalk Open?
The Tahune Forest Airwalk is open again as of March 2019. It is open 7-days a week between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Note that the last ticket can be purchased at around 4 PM. After this, the staff will leave the premises. Still, you can access the airwalk and the other trails after these hours, just close the gate behind you.
Entry Tickets and Prices
Below are the updated prices for the different attractions and activities at Tahune Adventure Park. I’ve taken these directly from their website.
|Child (5-16 yrs)||$14.50|
|Family (2 adults, 3 children)||$72.50|
Note that these prices are just for entry into the park and include the basics like the Tahune Airwalk Tasmania and the surrounding walking tracks. You’ll need to make bookings once you arrive and pay additional fees for the other activities including the Eagle Glider and the Twin Rivers Adventure.
The 2018-2019 Bushfires
Devastatingly, Tasmania experienced some of its fiercest bushfires between December 2018 and February 2019. Lightning storms and dry conditions caused up to 40 fires to burn across the island during this period. It’s said that nearly 3% of the island’s forests were destroyed in this period. This includes rainforest and highland tree areas.
Unfortunately, these fires had a dramatic impact on the Tahune Forest. As a result, much of the once dense rainforest landscape has been transformed into a drier sclerophyll forest. Much rehabilitation work has been conducted to restore the Tahune Airwalk with the help of several companies and organisations.
Is Tahune Adventures Worth it?
This is a question that is relative and will depend on what you are looking for in your Tasmanian travel experience. While I want to support Tasmanian tourism companies my primary obligation is to you, my readers. Therefore, I’m always honest in my suggestions.
Due to the damage caused by the fires, those looking to visit Tahune Adventures and experience the Tahune Airwalk simply will no longer get to experience the rainforest environment from above like was once possible.
However, seeing the damage and how the forest changes is an educational experience. The AirWalk is still open and experiencing the cantilever is still an awesome highlight.
Truthfully, if you want to learn about the impact of fire, see the changing forests from above, and experience the cantilever, then I’d say make the trip. Also, those reading this with kids— they will absolutely love it!
On the other hand, for adventure travellers like myself or those who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, I’d say that visiting Tahune Adventures might leave you feeling a little disappointed. In saying that, I’m glad that I visited to see the extend of fire damage and to support this Tasmanian tourism business that has had an incredibly rough hand dealt to them.
What to Expect at Tahune Adventures
Now, with the basics out of the way, let’s get into what you can actually expect at Tahune Adventures in Tasmania!
The Tahune Forest Airwalk
Of course, the primary highlight of the park and the reason why it’s so famous is the Tahune Airwalk. This is a 30-metre elevated walkway rising above the forest floor. It is constructed using solid steel beams and wire that certainly felt really safe.
It’s quite a cool experience to walk above the forest floor and to get a unique perspective of the giant trees that dominate the landscape in the Tahune Forest.
The Cantilever is the pièce de résistance of the Tahune Airwalk and Tahune Adventures in general. A cantilever is basically a long projecting beam that is fixed at only one end.
The Tahune cantilever looks as if it defies gravity as it leaps out 50 metres over the forest floor overlooking the Huon River.
The Swinging Bridges
Another attraction in the park is the Swinging Bridges walk. This is an easy 40-minutes to 1-hour walk crossing both the Huon River and the Picton River. The track begins from the Tahune Airwalk and loops back to the Tahune Bridge near the Visitor Centre.
The highlight of the walk are the two epic suspension bridges, the larger of which is over 100 metres long. I’ve been on some pretty epic suspension bridges including nail-biting ones in the Himalayas and in New Zealand, and I still found the Swinging Bridges quite impressive.
If you’re visiting Tahune Adventures Tasmania, make sure to at least check out this short loop walk.
The Huon Pine Walk
Huon Pine is a famous Tasmanian tree found nowhere else in the world. This special timber gained world fame as an excellent boat-building material. Consequently, Huon Pine was a huge timber industry in the early settlement days of Tasmania.
These days, Huon Pine is only forested in a very well-maintained fashion. Luckily so, because these are some of the oldest living trees on earth! The Huon Pine Walk is a quick 20-minute walk through a rainforest section of the park that seemed mostly undamaged from the fires. There are a few Huon Pine trees growing near the river at the end of the loop.
Unfortunately, Tasmania is still undergoing logging of ancient and old-growth forests. If you want to learn more about the damage and what you can do to protect Tasmania’s forests, visit the Bob Brown Foundation website.
Eagle Hang Gliding
The Eagle Hang Gliding experience is another attraction at the park. This is a fixed, cable-gliding experience that somehow has combined zip-lining and hang-gliding.
The total length of the Eagle Hang Glider is 400 metres and it zips across the Huon River at a height of around 50 metres. Unfortunately, the Eagle Glider wasn’t open when I visited but I have been told that it is back up and running now.
Visitors will have to pay extra for this experience ($22 for adults and $20 for kids).
Twin Rivers Adventure
The Twin Rivers Adventure is a guided river rafting experience. This experience needs to be booked in advance and there are either 3.5-hour or 4.5-hour trips.
River Rafting at Tahune Adventures is one of the things I wish I had done during my visit. However, we missed the timing! If this is something you want to do, then it’s worth booking in advance!
Accommodation Near The Tahune Airwalk
The Tahune Airwalk Lodge
You might be surprised to hear that you can actually stay at Tahune Adventures. There are numerous rooms to choose from ranging from bunk dorms to full-family suites. Facilities include a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi.
Otherwise, there are also a few hotels and motels available at the nearest township of Geeveston.
Campers and Caravans: Staying at The Tahune Airwalk
It used to be the case that you could simply buy your ticket for the Tahune Airwalk and then park in the large overflow car park for free. However, the park has recently started charging $10 per vehicle, which is still a great deal considering there aren’t really any other places to stay. You pay this directly to the office at the Visitor Centre (only within opening hours).
We stayed here in our big van and got to check out the airwalk and surrounding tracks in the late afternoon and the early morning. However, following the Airwalk, we headed out to the Hartz Mountains and we also stayed here for free (probably not legal but no one was going to check up there).
More Tasmania Travel Guides and Adventure Inspiration
I hope that you have enjoyed this free guide to visiting Tahune Adventures and experiencing the Tahune Airwalk Tasmania. If you have any updated information or personal insights, let myself and other readers know by leaving a comment below.
Otherwise, why not check out some of my other detailed travel and adventure guides to Tasmania. I’ve covered a lot of this island and I’m sure you’ll find something that will inspire something new to add to the list of things to do in Tasmania!