A sleepy timber milling town on the eastern shores of the Huon River. It supports orchards and dairy farming. Franklin South has become well known for the Craft and Apple Houses at the southern end of the village.
Where is it?
45 km south west of Hobart, 6 km south of Huonville in the Huon Valley.
Ye Olde Franklin Tavern is a pleasant historic pub beside the road which proudly announces that it was established in 1853 and the jetty beside the river which was once used as a major point for shipping timber and fruit from the area. In the river at Franklin is the long narrow strip of land known as Egg Island.
Wooden Boat Centre
¬ÝThe Wooden Boat Centre sits alongside the jetty and is a great place to visit. You can watch craftsmen and trainees building wooden boats from complicated plans. To fulfil their lifetime ambition, trainees pay for the unique experience and dedicate countless hours of labour in achieving their goal.
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The Huonville Trail, driving south from Huonville and following the left bank of the Huon River and Estuary, is rewarding. It passes through numerous small towns on the way to Recherche Bay and Cockle Creek (76 km south), the most southerly point in Australia that can be reached by motor vehicle.
This drive is part of the Huon Trail, which travels south from Hobart to the Huon Valley and D’ÄôEntrecasteaux regions.