Ideas for exploring Huonville, Franklin, Geeveston and the Southern Forests

Departing Hobart: Follow the Southern Outlet (A6) towards Kingston and follow the signs to Huonville, easy 30 minute drive.

Visit the Apple Shed for a cider tasting and learn about the apple industry.  Then take the short drive to Home Hill Winery at Ranelagh for lunch and a cellar door tasting.

 Start off by heading south into Huonville – 2 kilometres from Huon Valley Visitor Centre.

 Stop at Huonville and discover the many eateries, cafes, shops, public swimming pool, services and facilities.


At the bottom of town on the river esplanade:

  • take an easy stroll by the river and feed the ducks
  • Jet boat rides – 35 minute ride
  • BBQ facilities, picnic tables, seating, shelters, boat ramps, toilets.
  • Choice of café facilities
  • Secure shaded play area for the kids
  • RV Dump point
  • Interesting wooden sculptures (on upstream side of the bridge, Short St)
  • WiFi free connection, available near toilet block


Drive across the bridge and continue south on the A6 to Franklin

  • Stop at roadside stalls to buy apples &/ other fruit in season
  • Enjoy a cider at Frank’s Cider Bar & Café
  • When entering Franklin look for the Wooden Boat Centre- take a break to visit the museum & watch the shipwrights work at their craft & admire the beautiful boats
  • Hire a rowing boat from the Living Boat Trust
  • Experience the excitement of on a renovated Tall Ship with Yukon Tours based at Franklin marina
  • Walk beside the river, see the black swans & admire the magnificent views.
  • Sample some of the great variety of food which is available at the cafes & restaurants in Franklin
  • Visit antique and other specialist shops & galleries. 


Franklin Foreshore:  BBQ facilities, picnic tables, shelters, seating, toilets, boat ramps, RV site with dump point, fishing, oval, dog friendly area, kids play area, walking tracks.


Enjoy the attractive scenery as your drive follows the river through Castle Forbes Bay.

Entering Port Huon you will find Shipwrights Point Recreation Area:  kids secure playground with small bike track, BBQ facilities, toilets, dog friendly area, boat ramp & jetty, RV site with dump point, fishing, picnic tables, seating, and shelters.


Continue down the road to:

  • marina facilities
  • Dining destination at Kermandie Hotel & local Trading Post cafe


 Continue along the road to Geeveston and visit this forest town:


  • Church Street is the commercial hub of Geeveston and has several interesting and attractive galleries with a wealth of innovative gift ideas e.g. Makers on Church St.
  • Enjoy the wooden sculptures of local personalities which are dotted around the township.
  • Try sweet treats from the ‘Wall of Lollies’ – the kids will love it
  • Masaaki’s sushi restaurant is a hidden gem for yummy food
  • Short walk to a viewing platform from where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the resident Kermandie Rivulet platypus.


Geeveston – Heritage Park: BBQ facilities, toilets, dog friendly area, seating, picnic tables, walking track, small skate park, kid’s playground and bike track.


Continue on from Geeveston on the C631 –the Arve Road – towards the Tahune Airwalk. 

On the way you could stop and discover:


  • Island Specialty Timbers is the place to go for specialty timbers & can be found at 43 Cemetery Rd of the Arve Rd.
  • En route to Tahune stop at the Arve picnic area for a short walk; this will wet your appetite to experience more of the peace and tranquility of this area. Close your eyes listen to the sounds of the forest and feel the magic of the place.


Take the C632 if you wish to access the Hartz Mountain National park (you will need a Parks Pass, available at the Visitor centre). The Park is a magnificent plateau area with many exciting walks of varying degrees of difficulty and duration.

  • See stunning panoramic views, rushing Arve waterfall tumbling over the edge of the plateau and enjoy the calming effect of being in such a beautiful area. In Nov/ Dec the vivid red waratahs add even more magic and colour.


Continuing on the C631 towards the Tahune Airwalk and stop off at any of the sign posted lookouts and walking tracks.


Arrive at the Tahune Airwalk and enjoy the sights from the engineering marvel which is the Airwalk. View the Huon pine saplings and more mature trees from the Huon Pine Walk and take the Swinging Bridges Walk over the Huon and Picton Rivers.

  • Experience the thrill of Cable Hang Gliding over the forest.
  • BBQ facilities, café and accommodation on-site.