Huon Valley, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 3159

Huonville produces more than half of Tasmania's apples and is surrounded by blossoming fields of apples, cherries, plums, pears, berries and hops. Although relatively small, it is a prosperous community and the largest town in the Huon Valley.

Visitor Information

2273 Huon Hwy; (03) 6264 0326

Nearby national parks

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Mount Field National Park

    Mount Field is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania and also one of the most diverse. In its lowland rainforests there are glades of...more

Nearby towns

  • Cygnet

    Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915...more

  • Geeveston

    Geeveston, on the cusp of enormous Southwest National Park, is driven by thriving timber and forestry industries, and slow-moving timber...more

  • Kettering

    The area around Kettering, in the state's south-east, was first explored in 1792 by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, after whom the surrounding...more

In Town

Apple and Heritage Centre This centre houses 3 attractions: the museum, providing a comprehensive insight into the lives of Huon Valley's early settlers; Apple Blossom's Gifts, with a selection of gifts, souvenirs and samples of local products; and The Starving Artist, an art gallery and heritage apple orchard. 2064 Huon Hwy; (03) 6266 4345.

Huon River Jet Boats: exciting 35 min jet-boat rides along Huon River rapids; river cruises also on offer, and aqua-bikes and pedal boats for hire; bookings on (03) 6264 1838; The Esplanade.


Ranelagh Almost an outer suburb of Huonville, Ranelagh has the atmosphere of a charming English village, complete with an old oast house to process the hops. 5 km NW.

Wooden Boat Centre – Tasmania: workshop and interpretive centre; Main St, Franklin; 8 km SW.

Glen Huon Model Village: features doll and rock display including the 'crooked man'; open Sept–May; Glen Huon; 8 km W.

Studio Karma: studio, gallery and home of Terry Choi-Lundberg; original paintings, quality cards and prints of the artist's work; open 10am–4pm Thurs–Sun, by appt May–Sept; Glen Huon; 8 km W.

Pelverata Falls: stunning waterfall with medium-to-difficult walk over scree slope; 14 km SE.

Huon Bushventures: 4WD tours of the region; bookings on (03) 6264 1838.

Fishing: good trout fishing in Huon River and tributaries.

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 29 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Salmon Ponds 32 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 14 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more

Mount Wellington Walks 21 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Tahune AirWalk 27 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more

Salamanca Market 28 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 28 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 41 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Tasmania Golf Club 44 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Boat House Cafe

Moored on the Huon River next to The Esplanade, this two-level punt sells fantastic restaurant-quality fish and chips. Order from the blackboard menu inside and enjoy your ‘catch’ with a glass of wine among... Find out more

Franklin Aqua Grill

This is not your usual fish and chip shop. It’s a light and breezy diner with a very different take on seafood. All the delicious Tasmanian favourites are here – flathead, scallops, trevalla and flake –... Find out more

Home Hill Winery Restaurant

Home Hill has collected a swag of awards for its wine and restaurant since opening in 1993, and it’s not hard to see why. The 5-hectare boutique vineyard produces sparkling, chardonnay, a late harvest sticky... Find out more

Huon Manor

Seated beneath the lofty hand-painted ceilings of beautiful Huon Manor, the elegant surroundings create a refined and charming ambience for special-occasion dining. Among the mainly seafood dishes the style is... Find out more

Petty Sessions

One of the Huon Valley’s first wave gourmet cafes, Petty Sessions has a longstanding reputation for excellent coffee and exciting light meals. The pretty riverside location in the town’s 1860 courthouse is... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 25 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Moo Brew 30 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more

Two Metre Tall Company 34 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more

Campsites around town

Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 8 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more

Cygnet Holiday Park 14 km

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 15 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more

Arve River Picnic Ground camping area 24 km

Along the Arve Rd, 14 km west of Geeveston, this streamside picnic and camping area is tucked away in a forest reserve beside the pretty Arve River. There are lovely spots to put up your tent among the ferns, as well as... Find out more

Tahune camping area 27 km

In the forest beside the Tahune AirWalk carpark, there are a handful of sites where you can set up camp in a campervan or caravan to enjoy this magnificent riverside forest and its teetering, cantilevered canopy walkway.... Find out more

Bush camping (walk-in camping) 30 km

Walk-in bush camping is allowed almost anywhere in the park, except close to roads, in day-use areas or around Osborne and Esperance lakes and Ladies Tarn. You will need to be self-sufficient: bring drinking water and a... Find out more

Dover Beachside Tourist Park 32 km

This popular beachside caravan park has everything from cabins and campsites to wifi access, and it ticks all the boxes for family fun. The kids will love the playground and the sheltered beach across the road,... Find out more

Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area 32 km

Beside the Esperance River, these forest campsites have fireplaces, soft, mossy ground and a babbling brook to lull you to sleep after your walk to Duckhole Lake or Adamsons Falls nearby. You will need to carry your gear... Find out more

Neck Reserve camping area 37 km

The Neck is a narrow, sandy isthmus joining north and south Bruny. Halfway along it is a must-see lookout with 360-degree views, and at night the sand dunes below come alive with penguins. The camping area is sheltered... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 18 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

New Norfolk Caravan Park 28 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 30 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 39 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Huonville Grand Hotel

This grand old lady has seen times change. From floods and fires to fruit and forestry, and now tourism and gourmet produce, Huonville has always been the heart of the Huon Valley, and through it all this hotel has had... Find out more

Walton House

Just across the river from the town centre, this luxurious B&B is a modern take on traditional style. Each of the three ensuite queen rooms has high-quality furnishings and subdued decor with extra touches such as a... Find out more

Huon Bush Retreats

Deep in remnant old-growth forest, this ecologically sustainable solar-powered retreat treads lightly on the land and offers visitors a restful and healing time out from telephones and TVs. They have cabins and tepees... Find out more

Kay Creek Cottage

There may not be elves in the garden but this storybook cottage in an enchanted ferny glade is a perfect hideaway cottage for two. It is fully self-contained with casual comfy furnishings, plenty of books and games,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 20 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

New Norfolk park area 28 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Gretna park area 40 km

At Gretna

Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.

What's on around town

Market: Town Hall, Main Rd; 9am–1.30pm, 1st and 3rd Sun each month.

A Taste of the Huon: Ranelagh Showgrounds; Mar.

Agricultural Show: biggest 1-day agricultural show in state; Nov.

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