The Huon and Kermandie Rivers were named after Huon de Kermadec, second in command to explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux. Prior to that, the area was known by the local Aboriginal people as Tahune-Linah. The region was originally steeped in tall forests, and timber milling quickly became a major industry, focusing on the coveted softwood Huon pine. The initial plundering of Huon pine groves nearly wiped the tree out, as it’s extremely slow growing. Today, only immature trees survive along the river. Once the forest was levelled, apple trees were planted and the orchard industry blossomed – it’s still the region’s primary money-spinner.