Huon Valley in Tasmania

Map of Huon Valley municipality

The huon valley council serves the southernmost local government area in Australia. The area has great natural beauty, with pristine rivers meandering through valleys bordered by World Heritage-listed national parks. The Huon Valley is perfect for a sea change or tree change.

Tassal Salmon Farm
Tassal Salmon Farm. The Huon River estuary is ideal for aquaculture. © Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore

The Huon Valley is home to industries including agriculture, viticulture, forestry, tourism and aquaculture, which provide jobs for the 14,500 residents and the seasonal influx of fruit pickers.

A $32 million timber veneer mill was opened in the Huon Valley in May 2007. The mill, which employs 50 workers, produces high-value ply products from local re-growth and plantation timbers.


Population: 1,530

A town straddling the Huon River, Huonville is 38 kilometres south-west of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania.

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Although small, the town is recognised as the major commercial centre in the Huon Valley, serving the surrounding fruit, timber and hops industries.

The area around Huonville grows more than half of Tasmania’s apples and, throughout the summer and autumn, fence-to-fence orchards also produce crops of plums, cherries, apricots, peaches and pears.

The nearby town of Ranelagh is regarded as a suburb of Huonville.


Population: 460

Located 45 kilometres south-west of Hobart, Franklin is a small town straddling the highway. It lies between the Huon River and the hills of the Huon Valley which rise behind the town. It retains a village atmosphere that is not always easy to find – not over-developed and not spoiled by tourism. There has been little change to many of its buildings in the last century, particularly the Federation architecture of the main street.

Also based in Franklin is the unique school of wooden boatbuilding which offers certificate courses in traditional wooden boatbuilding.


Population: 830

Located 59 kilometres south-west of Hobart, Geeveston is an important administrative centre. Surrounded by eucalypts and rain forests the town has had a long association with the forestry industry. Tourism also contributes to the local economy with visitors coming to see both the surrounding forests, especially the Tahune AirWalk, and the nearby Hartz Mountains National Park.


Population: 930

A quiet town favoured by retirees and artists, Cygnet is 55 kilometres south of Hobart. Once an important apple growing town, more recently it has become the centre of an alternate-lifestyle community which has established woodturning, wholefoods shops, craft activities and holiday cottage accommodation as local industries.

The farmers in the area rely on dairy cattle, apple orchards, mixed farming and sawmilling for their livelihood. The area has safe swimming beaches which also attract anglers.


Population: 570

Dover sits at the head of Esperance Bay and looks out over the islands of Faith, Hope and Charity. It is 80 kilometres south of Hobart and is an important centre for apple orchards and the salmon, abalone and cray fishing industries. The local Atlantic salmon producer, huon aquaculture, is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.

(See distances by road chart.)