Rocketed to tiny-town stardom by ABC's latest series, discover the real Rosehaven.
Are you a mainlander? If you’ve had a chuckle over the Rosehaven shorts, we have a real-life town that’ll knock off your knitted socks. It’s a place where real mainlanders are flocking to. It’s the real Rosehaven. We call it Geeveston. (Might we add, it’s known for more than the Geeveston Fanny apple. More on the fanny later…)
There might be wit and comedy in the upcoming Rosehaven series, but this place has serious real-estate appeal. Just ask co-actor and Tasmanian-born Luke McGregor, who returns to sell houses for his Mum’s failing real estate business.
There’s plenty more than awkward estate agents and towns named Snug to attract mainlanders this way. There’s century-old apple orchards, boat builders and sushi masters. That’s in between the rolling green hills. Even the ABC actors say “˜it feels more ancient’ and “˜the air is so clean.’ To support this, there’s an impressive sign touting “best clean air in 1999′ featured in the series.
We’ve prepared a short guide out of Hobart to direct you down to Rosehaven.
1. On the way – Grove
Like your cider and live music? Pop into Willie Smith’s Apple Shed on your way down the Huon Valley. They just won “˜Best in Show’ at the Cider Awards for their French blend – perfect to wash down a slice of apple pie that rivals even the best local Nanna’s. There’s also a wall hanging honouring the day this valley served up the world’s biggest apple pie. And ask them about the fanny – they have one on display.
There’s also the Summer Kitchen Bakery at nearby Ranelagh, which makes oh-so-amazing pies that often sell out quick-smart at Hobart’s legendary Salamanca Market.
2. On the way – Huonville
Drop into The Naked Bike Coffee House & Motorcycle Workshop – it’s not everywhere you can get your motorbike sorted and enjoy a Tasmanian roasted coffee. The Naked Bike used to be in Geeveston (aka Rosehaven) so might share a few tips from their Huonville garage. Those with a penchant for sweet treats will be pawing over silky smooth options at the The Cat’s Tongue Chocolatiers (RENO). And we haven’t even mentioned our famed vineyards of the valley. On the way to Rosehaven, drop into Home Hill Winery and try their Pinot. Not too long ago, Winestate Magazine named it Australia’s best.
3. On the way – Franklin
If you’re into boats, this is for you. The age-old craft of hand carving timber boats is alive and well in Franklin. Drop into the Wooden Boat Centre and enjoy the whiff of Huon pine as shavings fall to the floor, or take a sail on the Yukon. Plus, you can have a Frank’s Cider at Franks. In Franklin.
4. The star of the show – Geeveston
It’s an unlikely place for some of the best sushi on the island, and perhaps arguably the mainland too. Like the sound of locally caught Southern tuna sashimi or Stripy trumpeter and Tassie wakame miso soup? Well head for Geeveston and eat like the film crew and TV stars. Masaaki is only open Friday to Sunday – Masakki himself is most likely out surfing on other days.
The Old Bank
Rather fresh to town, just like the Rosehaven actors, here you’ll find house-made pastries. They are “flaky crispy delicate delicious.” Mmmm…
The Red Door Larder
Not many food miles here. You’ll find most of the goodness in this larder is direct from local farmers and growers. Make sure you bring your own bag and you’ll get an extra big smile from this crew. If you miss the Saturday Farmer’s Market, head for the larder.
The Corner Café is fairly new to town, just like Celia (brand new) and Luke (couldn’t hack the mainland) so probs would welcome new friends. Swing open the door to delish burgers and great vegan options before everyone wants to be their bestie.
Makers on Church Street
If you’re wanting to take home your own piece of Rosehaven, head for Makers on Church Street and find yourself a crocheted tea cosy. There’s King Billy pine salad servers, paper craft, designer furniture, handmade clothes for tots. It’s a colourful celebration of the artistic community who call this region home.
The Wall of Lollies
The story began as a supermarket. Then, after 12 years Leonie and Grant Ford opened what they knew the town wanted more than anything: a giant wall of lollies. Some might say it is the world’s greatest.
To market, to market…
The Geeveston Farmers Market brims with fresh produce every Saturday morning and there’s also the Geeveston Twilight Feast Market held on the first Thursday of each month. They might be small in scale compared to Hobart, but have a quaint country feel that would make any mainlander feel part of the Geeveston family.
Gateway to Tahune Airwalk
Want to hover high above the trees? Feel like a Tasmanian soaring above the mainlanders – 50 metres high to be exact? Head for the Tahune Airwalk and walk through the forest canopy, out to your cantilevered view over the Huon and Picton Rivers. Pretty stuff. For the little ones, there’s a mini airwalk, recently opened at Heritage Park in Geeveston (right where those awkward Rosehaven picnic scenes were filmed).
Gateway to Hartz Mountains National Park
Here’s a special treat: a window across to the vast southwest wilderness and the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. In the Hartz Mountains National Park, you’ll feel like the only soul. The landscape has been shaped by glaciers from past ice ages. Reach the plateau and you’ll find glacial lakes and plants that grow nowhere else on Earth. Often snow-capped, always stunning, why not push on and climb Hartz Peak? At 1254 metres it’ll take you 3 to 5 hours to reach the summit.
Who knows what new characters and hidden treasures you’ll unearth? And that’s just the start of it. Spend some more time exploring southern Tasmania and who knows what new characters and hidden treasures you’ll unearth! One thing’s for sure though – you’ll leave dreaming about your own little piece of Rosehaven real estate.
STEP BACK IN TIME IN OATLANDS
Now that we’ve taken you south from Hobart, make a sharp u-turn and head north. Who said this itinerary was supposed to be serious? If you don’t want to miss the latest town featured in season 2, head for historic Oatlands.
It’s one of Australia’s earliest settlements and has more Georgian buildings than cringe-worthy Luke McGregor moments. There’s over 150 sandstone buildings to be more precise and Callington Mill, an 1837-built icon. It’s the only operating mill of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The town is best explored on foot, following in the all famous steps of Luke and Celia. The main street is sprinkled with sandstone buildings, now housing galleries, cafes and the work of local artisans. There’s long standing churches, the old gaol, tales of bushrangers and Tasmania’s most feared hangman … and apparently a clothesline that froze, much to the chilly surprise of Celia during Rosehaven filming.