Take a drive over the range South of Hobart and come and view the amazing Huon Valley. As you cross over the range past Sleeping Beauty Mountain, you drop into the lush greenness of the Huon. This is an area to enjoy slowly taking in all it has to offer, by stopping for a few days in one of the many accommodations available.
As you reach Huonville, you can branch out to Ranelagh, Glen Huon and all the amazing farming areas to the west. Heading south again, you will begin your journey along the Huon River that on a still day will wow you with it’s amazing reflections. This river was the ‘work horse’ of the valley back when barges were used to transport all the apples and produce to market.
Stop and catch your breath in Franklin, tour the Wooden Boat Centre and have a well earned cuppa, in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Take the historic walk, that has some of the oldest buildings in Tasmania in the main street, or walk along the foreshore, or even bring a picnic to enjoy beside the river whilst you gaze on the dinghies and boats.
Continue on your journey through to Port Huon, Geeveston, Castle Forbes Bay, Dover & Southport. You can travel to the amazing forests west of Geeveston, all the while during winter gazing upon snow on Hartz Mountain as you head south.
It does not stop there as Hastings Caves Reserve is further south and well worth the visit. Your journey will eventually come to Cockle Creek, where there are some amazing walks to be taken. Then begin the slow wind back up the road, heading North by dropping into all the little areas you did not see on your way south.
Collect all types of seasonal fresh local produce on the side of the road, to enjoy on your journey.
PLACES TO STAY IN FRANKLIN
Abbey on Main
3408 Huon Highway, Franklin
Apple Picker’s Cabins
Self Contained & BNB
Walking distance to all Franklin amenities and the Wooden Boat Centre
New Road, Franklin
Phone: 03 6266 3224 or 0408 363 196
Cottage on Main
3420 Huon Highway, Franklin
Phone: 03 62663040
Franklin Caravan and Camping Ground
$10 per night, max 4 nights. toilets and RV dump
Franklin Foreshore, Franklin
Contact Huon Valley Council
Phone: 03 62648400
Self contained 2 bedroom cottage with all amenities with spectacular view over
the Huon River
Kay Road, Franklin
Book via Air BNB
The Edge Apartment
Self contained apartment
Huon Highway, Franklin
1 bedroom cottage
2 bedroom (2bath) cottage
Swamp Rd, Franklin
Phone: 03 62663341
PLACES TO EAT IN FRANKLIN
Aqua Grill Café
Martino & Sofia create Award Winning Seafood. From the freshest fish and chips to Mediterranean Style seafood.
Seafood, café, pizza
3419 Huon Highway, Franklin Tasmania, 7113
Phone: 03 6266 3368
Open: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (closed Tuesdays)
Cinnamon & Cherry
Marcus delights your tastebuds with Turkish meals and coffee in this amazing cafe
3416 Huon Highway, Franklin
Open: Friday Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Franklin Post Office & Café
Our friendly postmistress Sarah will assist you with yummy cakes and coffee as well as all things postal.
Café, Salon, Post office and General Store
3402A Main Road, Franklin TAS 7113
Open: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday - Friday
You're in the land of the apples! Explore the cellar door in the converted St John's Church Hall, with good food and coffee too!
Cellar door, Local food, Café
3328 Huon Highway, Franklin
Phone: 03 62263828
Open: 10:00am-5:00pm 7 Days
The Moorings / Lady Franklin Hotel
Enjoy a pub meal whilst overlooking the Huon River as people row past, sail a yacht or dinghy, or just walk their dogs along the beautiful foreshore.
3382 Huon Highway Franklin Tas 7113
Open 11.30am till 1am Everyday.
Huon’s Little Treasure Bistro
Thai & Some Western Meals
3422 Huon Hwy, Franklin, Tasmania 7113, Australia
Open Monday 5pm-8pm
Tuesday – Sunday 11:30-8:30pm
PLACES TO EAT AND STAY IN GEEVESTON
Places to eat in Geeveston
The Old Bank
Artisan pastries, brunch & lunch. Free Wi-Fi, coffee, handpicked Tasmanian wines, ciders and beers. Disabled access.
10am - 2:30pm (closed Sunday)
Address: 13 Church Street, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: (03) 6297 9922
Bakers & CoProvidores & Patisserie
Cheeses, charcuterie, coffee, breads, books, kitchenware and small batch artisan patisserie
10am – 5pm
Address: 3 Church Street, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 0417 151 399
Bears Went Over the Mountain B&B
An all-day Breakfast, Enjoyable Tapas and a magnificent lunch & Dinner Menu.
Address: 2 Church St, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: (03) 6297 0110
Michelle’s Roadhouse Kitchen
Homemade pies and cakes.
9am – 4:30pm (closed Saturday and Sunday)
50 Arve Rd, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 0423 902 966
The One Stop Shop
Take away and warm ambient setting for eating-in.
8am – 8pm
Address: 64 Arve Rd, Geeveston TAS, 7116
Phone: (03) 6297 1459
9am – 3pm
Address: 5 Church St, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 0401 629 800
Accommodation in Geeveston & Surrounds
Cambridge House B&B
Cambridge House sleeps up to 10 people in 5 bedrooms. Each room offers slightly different bedding configurations and different amenities to cater for different budgets and requirements. There are no shared areas with your hosts you are free to come and go as you please or you might like to relax in the large guests lounge, on the verandas or in the garden. Free Wi-Fi.
Address: 2 School Rd, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 03 6297 1561
The Bears Went Over the Mountain B&B
This boutique accommodation property has 5 guest rooms and retains many of its original features, including high ceilings, casement windows and leadlight doors and windows. The soft furnishings and eclectic combination of antique and retro furniture add to the sense of country charm. The property’s floor plan is both spacious and functional.
Address: 2 Church St, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 03 6297 0110
Geeveston’s Heritage Park
Children’s playground & a resident platypus living in the creek – seen all time of the day, educational bike track, BBQ facilities and RV campground.
Port Huon Cottages
Fully self-contained with water views
4396 Huon Highway, Port Huon
Phone: 03 62971060
Castle Forbes Bay House
23 Meredith Street, Castle Forbes Bay
Phone: 03 6297 1995
Bed and breakfast
Two bed apartment self-catering
9 Crowthers Road, Castle Forbes Bay
Phone: 03 6297 1021
Businesses of Interest to Visitors
Makers on Church St
Local art, crafts, Tasmanian timber products including furniture
10:30am – 4pm
Address: 14 Church St, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 0407 056 972
The Dusty Mermaid
Retro & vintage wears & “readings”
Address: Church St, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: 0403 726 259
Geeveston Visitor Centre– very new “Augmented Reality” platypus on show. A resident wood-turner, a resident Lino print maker, Art displayed upstairs, huge range of local produce and products for sale including Huon salmon
Open 9.00 to 5.00 everyday
Address 15 Church ST, Geeveston, TAS, 7116
Phone: (03) 6297 1120
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.
ACTIVITiES around the huon area
Willie Smiths Apple Orchard - Drop in for an apple cider tasting to tickle your taste buds with their tasting board.
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.
Franklin Market - held on the last Sunday of the month. Enjoy the local arts and 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.
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.
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:
FRANKLIN WORKING WATERFRONT ASSOCIATION
DESTINATION SOUTHERN TASMANIA & HUON VALLEY COUNCIL
HUONVILLE & GEEVESTON VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES