Just a 40 minute drive from Hobart and you'll find yourself in the Huon Valley. Dotted with serene waterways, rugged coastline and dramatic wilderness, it's a place for adventure, relaxation, and great food and drink. Here's a selection of our favourite things in and around Franklin.
PLACES TO STAY
Hotels / Bed & Breakfast
Rose Cottage, ph: 03 8942 0441
Grand Hotel Huonville, ph: 03 6264 1004
Castle Forbes Bay House (B&B and self-contained options)
EAT + DRINK
Frank's Cider Bar - you're in the land of the apples! Explore the cellar door in the converted St John's Church Hall, with great food and coffee available too!
Aqua Grill - Martino & Sofia create Award Winning Seafood. From the freshest fish and chips to Mediterranean Style seafood. Open Wednesday to Monday.
Home Hill Winery - Award winning wine by Rosemary & Terry Bennett. Drop in for tea or coffee, enjoy a cellar door tasting or stay for a lunch that celebrates Tasmania's heritage.
GETTING THERE / GETTING AROUND
Tassie Link offers bus services from Hobart to Franklin. Take the 711 or 712 buses to Dover or Geeveston. Details here.
Hiring a car is a great way to get around and explore the state's southern region.
Tahune Airwalk offers a beautiful walk amongst the treetops. If you're feeling more adventurous try a bike ride or Cable Hang Glide. Tahune Airwalk offers accommodation as well as food and drink. (CLOSED DUE TO BUSHFIRES)
Cygnet Market is held on the first and third Sunday of every month. Enjoy the town's renowned creativity, character and local produce.
Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs Newdegate Cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia and began forming tens of millions of years ago. Have a dip in the relaxing thermal waters at the springs pool, and look for platypus on surrounding walks.
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