Places to stay in Tasmania's Huon Valley
Things to do south of Hobart,
Southern Tasmania and Huon Valley Tourist Information Services
Huon Valley Visitor Centre opening hours are
10am to 4pm, every day (longer in summer)
The Huon Visitor Centre is located just north of Huonville. Meet a friendly and knowledgeable local who can provide face to face general information, or to book your accommodation or activities.
Phone 62640326 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours and transport from Hobart south to
Towns in Tasmania's Huon Valley and Far South
North from Port Huon
Franklin is the oldest town in this area to our north is only a 10 minute drive away with some great little restaurants including Petty Sessions and the Aqua Grill with the best fish & chips in Tasmania. While in Franklin don't forget to visit the Wooden Boat Centre and Village Antiques (approx 10 rooms of quality antiques).
Only 30 minutes north is the business centre of our Valley. Here you will find the Huon Valley Visitor Information Centre (4km north of the township) where you will be greeted by friendly, informative staff able to help you with all of your travel needs within Tasmania. Again some great restaurants including Home Hill, award winning winery and restaurant, the Huon Manor on the banks of the Huon River which offers a great service then visit the Apple & Heritage Museum at Grove, then call into the Huon River Jet Boats for a great action experience.
Only a 40 minute drive to our east, again a must see country town. In the main street you will find excellent cafés, a fantastic chocolate shop and numerous art and culture experiences. Three great little pubs, the Top, Bottom & Middle, all with great service. Don't forget Hartzview Vineyard at Cygnet as well as the Panorama Wine Centre at Cradoc.
Background Information about Tasmania's Huon Valley
Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Egg Islands Conservation Reserve
Tasmania's Egg Islands are an outstanding example of community conservation at work. This 500 hectare island reserve is a co-operative effort of government and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Together with former owners, locals and specialists, the TLC and the Parks and Wildlife Service have developed priorities for ongoing management of the cultural and natural values of the Egg Islands. With help from our wonderful volunteers, scientific surveys and weed control have already commenced.
Read more on the Tasmanian Land Conservancy Website
The Huon River is the fourth largest river in Tasmania, Australia. It is 170 km in length, and runs from the southwest wilderness, through the fertile agricultural areas, to the Tasman Sea. From Scotts Peak Dam at Lake Pedder where it begins, it flows south-east to the Tahune Airwalk, where the Picton River joins, before heading through the rural township of Glen Huon where, just to the south, flows down rapids to merge with the sea water and become tidal at the Huonville Bridge. Along the tidal estuary are, Franklin, and Port Cygnet). When the river meets the D'Entrecasteaux Channel near Surveyors Bay, it is more than 5.0 km wide. In the lower reaches, the average depth of wide river is 3.0 m - 12 m.
Tsunami strikes at Franklin
In 1883, tidal disturbances were observed at Franklin, in the Huon and mud was found in several three feet (1 m) high mounds on the flat in Crowthers Bay (fig. 1).
"Tidal disturbance From our southern contemporary we learn that a curious tidal disturbance occurred at Franklin, Huon, on
Tuesday and Wednesday. An inrush of water occurred five knots an hour faster than the usual rapid rise and fall,
and there has been mud upheaved on the flat in Crowther’s Bay. Several mounds of mud there are 3 ft high."
For the full report, see Historical accounts of Tsunamis in Tasmania by M. K. Morris & C. Mazengarb