Our Story

INTO THE UNKNOWN 

THE STORY OF HELLYERS ROAD IS AS UNLIKELY AS IT IS REWARDING


It is one of foresight, determination and dedication, inspired by Henry Hellyer’s spirit of adventure. With that guiding spirit, we create whisky that captures the very essence of endeavour, our unique landscape and character.
The true taste of Tasmania.

Hellyers Road Distillery is known for continually producing some of Australia’s best single malt whiskies and being a leader in peated whisky expressions. Revered around the world, but always remaining true to our sense of place.
It all began near a town called Burnie - a breath-taking landscape on Tasmania’s northwest coast - a corner of the world more accustomed to building things, growing things and milking things. Winding up and above from this town is a road. This road was once a trail. 
The trail was once bush – bush that in 1827 was carved out by Henry Hellyer, an explorer and cartographer, who was tasked to chart this rugged and naturally beautiful landscape. A wild landscape that bore an abundance of challenges and set in motion a journey into the unknown. 
Today, the road (named in Henry's honour) leads us home to our distillery and embodies the spirit of our history.
The Place
The idea of the distillery itself was born in 1997 from a like-minded community of dairy farmers, who knew their environment was perfect for sourcing ingredients of purity and quality. With a reputation for the world’s freshest air, purest water and natural resources, the decision to produce whisky in Tasmania’s northwest was inevitable and Hellyers Road Distillery was established.
By 1999 the distillery was producing our signature spirit with great vigour and passion. Like Henry Hellyer, the team were tenacious - persevering - patient - as they began the long wait for their first whiskies to evolve and mature.
This was their journey into the unknown.

Fast forward to the present day.
At Hellyers Road we produce signature world class whisky expressions that range from rich and decadent to lighter bodied and aromatic styles - whiskies of exceptional quality and acclaim. While our whiskies are sold around the world, demand for them means many of our most beloved expressions sell out closer to home. By 2015, Hellyers Road was Australia’s biggest selling locally crafted artisan whisky producer. 
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Awards

2022

Hellyers Road 12 Year old Original American Oak

Best Australian Single Malt - Winner 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Best Australian Single Malt 12 Years and under - Winner 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Slightly Peated American Oak

Best Australian Single Malt 13 Years and over - Winner 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Twin Oak (American & Port Cask) Single Malt Whisky

Silver - 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Select Cask Series Release No.01 (American & Port Cask)

Bronze - 2022 World Whiskies Awards

2021

Hellyers Road Henrys Legacy - Freestone Cove - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 15V03cO2

Best Australian Whisky - Winner 2021 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Silver - 2021 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Slightly Peated Single Malt Whisky

Best Australian Peated - Silver - 2021 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series Original - Single CASK No: 3058.05

Australia - Bronze - 2021 World Whiskies Awards

2020

Hellyers Road Master Series 15 Year old - Original - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 2241.03

Best Australian Whisky - Winner - 2020 World Whiskies awards

Hellyers Road Master Series Peated Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4032.07

Best Australian Peated - Gold - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series Peated Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4085.11

Australia - Bronze - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 12 Year old Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Bronze - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Silver - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

2019

Hellyers Road Distillery - Original 15 Years Old

Australia Non Single Cask - Winner - 2019 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Distillery - Slightly Peated 10 Years Old

Best Australian Peated - Winner - 2019 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road - Henry's Legacy No. 05 Release - Black Bluff - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4099.04 - 60.3%

Australia - Gold - 2019 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Distillery - Best Small Exporter

Overall Champion - Winner - 2019 Tasmanian Export Awards

2018

Hellyers Road Distillery - Best Small Exporter

Australia - Runner up - 2018 Tasmanian Export Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series 15 Year old Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK. 58.5%

Australia - Gold - 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Hellyers Road 10 Year old Slightly Peated Single Malt Whisky 46.2%

Best Overall - Champion - 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Hellyers Road Distillery - Visitor Attraction of the year

Best Overall - Winner - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road - Henry's Legacy No. 04 Release - Dismal Swamp - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4036.03 - 60.4%

Australia - Gold - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Henry's - Slightly Peated Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Gold - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series 11 Year old - Port Cask - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4295.03

Australia - Silver - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

2017

Tasmanian Export Awards

Small Business - Winner - 2017 Tasmanian Export Awards

Tasmanian Export Awards

Australia - Champion - 2017 Tasmanian Export Awards

2015

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Original Single Malt Whisky

International - Master Whisky - 2015 Global Whisky Master Awards

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Original Single Malt Whisky

International - Best Value Whisky - 2015 Global Whisky Master Awards

Tasmanian Export Awards

Small Business - Winner - 2015 Tasmanian Export Awards

2014

Hellyers Road 10 Year old Original Single Malt - Whisky

Australia - Bronze - 2014 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

Hellyers Road Henrys Legacy - The Gorge - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4295.02 American Oak

Australia - Silver - 2014 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

Hellyers Road Peated Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Silver - 2014 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

2013

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Original Single Malt Whisky

Best Whisky - New World - 2013 Whisky Live

2010

Hellyers Road Peated Original Single Malt Whisky

Best Australian Whisky - Winner - 2010 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

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Hellyers Road Distillery was established by the passion of a like-minded community of dairy farmers who had the desire to produce the best whisky they could. Knowing nothing about whisky production was no barrier however to their enthusiasm or commitment. Instead it was their very motivation.

Today, our distillers continue to craft our artisan whiskies with the very same passion. Winning numerous awards is testament to the ongoing legacy at Hellyers Road – one of endeavour, perseverance and resilience.

The very character of Henry Hellyer who always pushed forward - journeying into the unknown.

Producing some of the most loved aged single malts and limited single cask releases over the last 20 years, Hellyers Road Distillery is proud to be one of Australia's pioneer distilleries.