Huonville in Tasmania is a town located on the Huon River with a population of about 1,800 people. Tasmanian Aboriginals refer to the area as Tahune-Linah and when Huonville was discovered by French Explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux he named the place in honour of his second in command Huon de Kermadec in 1792. The area wasn’t originally settled until 1840 when Thomas Walton moved here.
The Huon Valley is best know in Tasmania for primary industry’s such as apple growing, cherries, plums and apricots. Almost half the apples grown in Tasmania come from Huonville. Fish farming is another growing industry with aquaculture in the region producing some of Australia’s finest Tasmanian Salmon.
Fishing and boating are popular on the Huon River. The River is sheltered by Bruny Island to the east, which makes it perfect for waterskiing with calm waters. Along the Huon River there are also ample fishing spots.
For adrenalin action in Huonville take is to take the ride of a lifetime with Huon River Jet Boats. You will experience 35 minutes of stunning scenery and exhilaration as you alternate between zooming along the river and stopping to see Huon Pine and reflections on the water.
White water rafting is another great activity to do on the Huon River. Enjoy the thrilling adventure of the rapids and admire the wonderful scenery as you paddle along the long calm stretches. White water rafting makes the perfect eco tourism adventure.
Huonville also hosts the Tahune Air Walk that rises 48 meters above the ground and goes for over half a kilometre. Here you can experience the pristine nature walking among the treetops admiring some fantastic trees like the Blackwood, King Billy, Beech and Celery Top pine. The treetop walk will give you a complete Birdseye view that will leave you breathtaking.
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