Geeveston and Forestry Tasmania

Geeveston is a bloke’s town.  Not renowned as a classical beauty in Tasmania, it’s all about forestry, outdoor ruggedness… and wood.

Geeveston Log Truck
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Geeveston logging truck loaded with big chunks of wood!

Geeveston, Huon Valley and Southern Forests

Part of the Huon Valley region in south east Tasmania, if you want dainty and pretty, The Gateway to the Southern Forests is NOT for you.

But if you own some thick boots and a fog-retardant jacket, and you are willing to take the off-chance that you might see a platypus in the town’s creek, pencil this town into the Tasmanian trip.

Geeveston Chainsaw Sculptor
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Chainsaw wood sculptor at Geeveston

Forestry Tasmania Festival

In March, Geeveston hosts the Forestry Tasmania Festival (now a bi-annual event) to celebrate the industry providing a livelihood for many locals.  And if this is the working man’s town, then the festival is pure heaven for boys!

Geeveston Trucks
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Think Geeveston… think toys for boys!!

With light rain providing a base of mud to tromp through and an excuse to don the beanie (there’s a good look), the entertainment was a whole lot of horsepower…

  • huge logging trucks loaded with big chunks of wood
  • chainsaw sculptors carving up big chunks of wood
  • a tree climber tackling a big chunk of wood…

Okay, so you can see where I’m going with this!

Chunks of Wood in Geeveston
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How’s that for some big chunks of wood?

Kids can bang nails into woodwork boat creations with a hammer.  This activity is presented by Woodcraft Guild Tasmania (on this occasion, all lovely gents, with possibly an average age of 80 plus).

Geeveston Woodcraft
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Woodworking at the Forestry Tasmania Festival, Geeveston

The ute muster, motorbike demonstration and draught horses were only slightly surpassed by the tug of war – burly men versus an eight tonne truck.  No wonder they needed the supplies of pies, burgers and donuts on offer!!

Truck versus Man, Geeveston
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The Truck versus…

There’s More to Geeveston…

So there’s no doubting that Forestry Tasmania has the bulk of the attention in Geeveston.  But some clever locals are starting to promote their town as an arts epicentre with several creators making a business from their talents.  Craftspeople combine to exhibit a myriad of clever art forms at galleries like the Southern Design Centre.

Geeveston Fish Sculpture
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Clever wood sculptures seen in Geeveston

After the brute force of the festival, it was a pleasant change of pace at The HR Factor, the ceramics and glass jewellery studio of Rino Nobel and her partner Howard Whitehead.

Rino Nobel of Geeveston
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Rino Nobel of the HR Factor, Geeveston

The lamp working was enthralling!  Turning coloured rods of glass into beautiful beaded jewellery with the wave of a blow torch is a dazzling spectacle.  Just had to buy some and Rino even customised some earrings to my particular liking – a souvenir for the grand sum of $35.00.

With a robust art and design sector, the Forest and Heritage Centre, and the nearby  Tahune AirWalk (a Forestry Tasmania attraction); Geeveston is a Tasmanian tourist destination in its own right.

Huon Pine Log, Geeveston
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Check out the statistics on this Huon Pine log

There are also many active outdoor pursuits in the area: bush-walking in the Tahune Forest Reserve or nearby Hartz Mountains National Park and the region has a sound commercial and recreational fishing industry.  And of course buying fresh apples, berries and other produce from roadside stalls will always appeal.

Elegant Lady, Geeveston
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Elegant lady wood carving in Geeveston

While in Geeveston, be sure to inspect the fantastic wood carvings in the main street.

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