Tasmanias Pristine South

Tasmania’s Pristine South 2019 | Page 19 Also known as the Apple Valley, the Huon Valley produces some of the best apples and fruits which can be seen along the roads during the summer, and tasted from the many roadside apple stores or at the multiple cider houses and wineries. The Huon Valley is known for its authenticity of its produce and craft. Nearly every stop you will make during your journey will most likely have some sort of local cider, wine, produce, clothing, craft or creation on offer. CYGNET Travelling from the Channel you will come through Verona Sands, Randalls Bay and up to the creative town of Cygnet. Cygnet is something of a local mecca for creative types and the home of the widely popular annual Cygnet Folk Festival, which occurs in early January and attracts musicians and music lovers from mainland Australia and the world. The town includes several craft shops, art studios and galleries, along with groceries, fuel and all necessities. HUONVILLE Huonville is the main township in the Huon Valley municipality and where the highway meets the Huon River. The Huon Valley Council Chambers are located in the Main Street, along with many shops and businesses. Outside Huonville is Ranelagh, where the recreational ground hosts the popular yearly events, A Taste of the Huon and the Huon Show. Then up the Huon River you will find Glen Huon, Judbury and Lonnavale and you can continue out to the wilderness of the Southwest National Park. FRANKLIN Ten minutes south of Huonville is the riverside township of Franklin, known for its wooden boat history. Franklin displays the talent of locals when it comes to boatbuilding and the famous Huon Pine. GEEVESTON When driving south of Franklin you will enter Port Huon, which was once a busy trading port and the destination for international apple boats that transported and exported the region’s famous apples to the world. Further south you will reach the area known as the timber town, Geeveston. Geeveston has forestry heritage and today caters for travellers exploring the nearby forests, Hartz Mountains National Park, the Tahune Airwalk and rivers. Surrounded by rolling hills and the nearby mountains, Geeveston has a range of shops, eateries and local attractions, and a main street full of hand-carved timber sculptures of famous locals. Huon Valley Top and middle - photography by Open2View. Bottom - photography by Nina Lafeld.