The Hastings Forest Drive is a two-hour self-guided tour through Tasmania’s Southern Forests. The drive begins at Hastings Caves, a 90-minute drive south of Hobart (125 kilometres/78 miles).
The Hastings Forest Drive follows forestry roads from Hastings Caves to a picnic area near Dover, on the Esperance River. You can stop along the way to explore and view the forests and discover the area’s logging history. Informative signs are placed along the route and audio cassettes for your self-guided drive are available at the Geeveston Forest and Heritage Centre.
There are a number of short walks that you can do along the way. A highlight is the walk to Duckhole Lake, (one of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks), a flooded sinkhole where you may hear the elusive lyrebirds that inhabit this area.
Relax at the end of your drive at the Hastings Forest Drive Picnic Area on the banks of the Esperance River, where you’ll find barbecues, picnic tables and toilet facilities.
Some areas of the Southern Forests have boom gates across the roads for public safety or security purposes.
Keys to gain access or information on closed areas may be sought from Forestry Tasmania’s Geeveston Office.