Huonville is located 36km southwest of Hobart on the banks of the Huon River. In the heart of the fertile Huon Valley, this township is surrounded by farmland producing a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples of such high quality Tassie became known as the “Apple Isle”. Cherries, stone fruits and wine grapes are also widely grown in the valley.
The picturesque Huon River can be explored by canoe, pedal boat, aqua bike, boat cruise, or for the more adventurous the Huon Jet Boating. Take the 30 minute ride about 12km upstream and enjoy the scenery, venture over rapids and get a few thrills as the 300 horsepower vessel accelerates, spins and gets your heart racing. Tours operate daily between 9am and 5pm.
The Huon River is also a playground for Trout fishermen. Trout is the predominant catch in the river and anglers will be pleased to know that the occasional Atlantic Salmon is caught, being escapees from the fish farms at the mouth of the river.
There are no caravan parks in Huonville itself however there are two camp grounds by the river
along the Huon Hwy south of town. The village of Franklin, about 10km south of town, offers cheap riverside camping with picturesque views located directly across from the local hotel. A sheltered picnic area with gas barbeques, water, toilets and playground are provided and dogs are permitted to stay. Camping fees are collected by locals.
Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground
also permits camping and is located 8km from Franklin. The grassed area overlooks the Huon River with a hilly backdrop. Toilets and a playground are here, fees apply and are collected daily and dogs are prohibited.
The Huon Valley region is a picturesque and serene area with fertile fields, flowing waters, trout for the taking and plenty of fresh produce always available. This is a beautiful place to pass through, stop for lunch or restock supplies or camp along the Huon River and really take it all in.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
Return from Huonville to Tasmania