Franklin

Petrol and Oil Restaurant, Licensed Restaurant or Hotel counter meals Refreshments Accommodation Camping Area Liquor Supplies Public Toilets Boat Ramp BBQ Picnic Area
* Camping up to 3 days a week in summer - fees apply

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DISTANCES: Hobart 45Km, Huonville 7Km

Strung along the western bank of the picturesque Huon River, Franklin still retains much of the flavour of an important 19th Century river port.

The site of the first settlement in the Huon district in 1804, Franklin was named after Governor Sir John Franklin (1836-43) who took up 259 hectares on the banks of the Huon River. Timber milling was an important industry in the early years with pine logs being floated down from the upper reaches of the Huon to Franklin.

This stretch of the river is also well known as one of Australia’s leading rowing courses.

The school of wooden boat building has an interesting interpretation area and retail outlet.

The main industries, along with timber, are fruit growing, dairy farming and the growing of small fruits.

There are a number of craft shops, an antique shop, a hotel, colonial accommodation, a restaurant and cafe food outlets.