The biggest town in the southeast, agrarian Huonville flanks the Huon River 40km south of Hobart, not far from some lovely vineyards, cider-makers and small villages. Having made its name as Tasmania’s apple-growing powerhouse, it remains a functional, working town – low on charm but with all the services you need. Nearby Ranelagh is an agricultural hub with a couple of stellar foodie stops.
The Huon Hwy traces the Huon River south, passing the settlements of Franklin and Port Huon. These were once important shipping ports for apples, but nowadays the old wharves and packing sheds are decaying like old fruit. Strung-out, boatie-central Franklin is the oldest town in the Huon Valley, and the wide, shallow, reedy riverscape here is one of Australia’s best rowing courses.