Just 38 kilometers south of Hobart, Huonville sits on the Huon River among its beautiful scenic valley and has been and remains a major apple growing area for Tasmania.
Protected by surrounding hills, the Huonville township developed from a small settlement at the site of the first bridge built on the Huon River in 1876.
The picturesque township is on the main access roads to the Hartz Mountains National Park, Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs and to east the South West National Park. After the township the Huon Highway takes a scenic route along the Huon River and to the most southern point reachable by road, Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay.
Snow of the hills above Huonville in winter and some of the apple orchards that are plentiful in the Huon Valley.
At its peak the valley produced over 7 million cases of apples per year. With changes in markets, apples remain a mainstay but are also being added to by cherry production and fishing and dairy industries in the area.
It is said that the first apples were planted in the area by an early settler, Silas Parsons, in 1841.