Cygnet’s top-tier hotels and restaurants


The village of Cygnet in the heart of the Huon Valley, 50 minutes south of Hobart, was once a centre of Tasmania’s apple industry. Today it’s popular for its cafes, galleries, antique and curio stores and local artisans, ranging from potters to wooden spoon carvers.


Cygnet, Tasmania, has gained fame because of the Gourmet Farmer TV series (host Matthew Evans runs a restaurant and cooking school just out of town) and is known for its laidback lifestyle and local produce. You can find seasonal fruits and vegetables for sale at roadside “honesty” stalls. Its eclectic residents range from former Greens leader and environmentalist Bob Brown to former Home and Away star Lisa Gormley.

The town hosts the Cygnet Folk Festival over three days each January, when it quadruples in size, and a popular market is held on the first and third Sundays of each month.

The bay on which Cygnet sits was named Port des Cygnes (Port of Swans) by French navigator Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in 1793.


Huon Valley View Cabin near Cygnet. Image: Air BNB.

Top hotels in Cygnet


Cygnet Old Bank

Cygnet Old Bank is a National Trust-listed 1909 building on the main street. With its rooms completely refurbished, it is a delightful country town retreat with three stylish, beautifully appointed rooms overlooking the town square. The property has several private rooms in which guests can enjoy a read, a boardgame or a complimentary glass of port, and there are several outdoor areas as well as an on-site orchard.

Huon Valley View Cabin

For those with more rustic tastes, check out Huon Valley View Cabin, a delightfully quiet escape with dramatic views over the Huon River that often rents for under $100 a night.

There is also a town caravan park and campsite.


The Red Velvet Lounge.


Cygnet’s stellar restaurants and eateries


Coffee and cake

There are several great cafes in Cygnet that serve excellent coffee, tea and delicious baked goods, including the Cygnet Conservatory Cafe at Cygnet Old Bank, the Port Hole Cafe and Little Lush Cakerie.

Local pubs

For those with a taste for something stronger there are two pubs in Cygnet: Cygnet Hotel and Commercial Hotel, colloquially known as the Top Pub and Bottom Pub.

The Red Velvet Lounge

Cygnet is full of lunch options but it’s much quieter at night, when the two pubs are the best bet for a meal. The Red Velvet Lounge is open on Thursday evenings for a range of vegetarian curries, and on Friday nights for veggie pizza and live music. During the daytime it draws crowds for its vegetarian and vegan dishes and relaxed ambience (the courtyard is very popular in summer).


The Farmhouse Kitchen is nestled in the hills of Wattle Grove, just above Cygnet and is a leisurely, scenic drive from Hobart through the beautiful Huon Valley in Tasmania. Image: Clément Aubert.


Out of town


The Farmhouse Kitchen

In the beautiful hills of Wattle Grove just outside Cygnet, you’ll find a traditional Italian cooking school led by Giuliana. Here, you can learn to create delicious, authentic dishes from the many regions of Italy in a country home style kitchen.

Pagan Cider

Just out of town is Pagan Cider, which uses the region’s apples to make a range of refreshing drinks, including cherry-flavoured cider. Cygnet Old Bank and the Red Velvet Lounge are both licensed and serve a range of local wines and ciders, in addition to coffees and teas.

Elsewhere Vineyard

The Huon Valley is also home to several outstanding small producers of cool-climate wines, with Elsewhere Vineyard having recently opened a new cellar door overlooking the Huon River. Other wine producers in and around Cygnet include Sailor Seeks Horse and Chatto, both of which require appointments for tastings, and Two Bud Spur.

More foodie feasts can be found in nearby Beaupre Peninsula, home to a fabulous remote retreat. Read about it here.


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