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Huonville  Tasmania

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A bustling town on the tranquil Huon River, Huonville is the gateway to the Huon Valley and the Tasmanian fruit bowl.

Throughout the summer and autumn, fence-to-fence orchards produce crops of luscious plums, cherries, apricots, peaches, apples and pears.

Here European settlers first came across the singular softwood that was to become the holy grail of boat and yacht-builders across the world. It was given the name Huon pine, but exploitation has virtually denuded the river and the valley of the tree.

There are sparse stands on the Huon, but the remaining commercial forests are found in the Gordon River area of western Tasmania.

Visitors can take to the river on pedal boats or raise the adrenaline level by hopping aboard a jet boat.

The nearby town of Ranelagh, which is now regarded as a suburb of Hounville, is at the centre of an important hop-growing area and its landmarks include an historic oast house once used for the processing of the stuff which gives beer its distinctive flavour.

Find out more about the Huon Valley and D'Entrecasteau Channel region of Tasmania.






 

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