The jetty at Franklin just south of Egg Island

Franklin - Places to See

Franklin
Small town on the Huon River
Located 47 km southwest of Hobart on the Huon Highway, Franklin is a small town which meanders along the highway. It lies between the Huon River and the hills of the Huon Valley which rise behind the town covered in apple trees.

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Bruni D'Entrecasteaux Monument at Gordon near Middleton

Middleton - Places to See

Middleton
Small village on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Middleton (located 50 km south of Hobart) and Gordon, which lies 4 km further south, are two tiny settlements on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Both villages are surrounded by orchards where apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants, gooseberries and blackberries are grown. In season the district is notable for its roadside stalls where the fresh produce is sold to passers by.

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The fishing wharf at Dunalley

Dunalley - Places to See

Dunalley
Small and unusual fishing village east of Hobart
Dunalley is a small fishing village 57 km east of Hobart on the Arthur Highway. It is located on the narrow isthmus which separates the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas from rest of Tasmania. The Denison canal, with a swing bridge for road traffic, has been cut between Dunalley Bay and Blackman Bay to allow boats easy access between the two bays. It was originally hand dug. The project started in 1901 and was completed in 1905. In 1965 a new hydraulic swing bridge replaced the original bridge. Today it is common for Sydney-Hobart yacht racers returning to Sydney to use the canal as a convenient shortcut.

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People getting ready to go fishing with the islands Faith, Hope and Charity in the background

Dover - Places to See

Dover
The southernmost town of some importance in Australia.
Dover is a delightful and sleepy little town which is located 83 km southwest of Hobart on the Huon Highway. It can legitimately claim to be the southern most town of significance in Australia. There are villages further south but Dover is the last place where you can buy petrol and supplies. Some of the villages on Bruny Island are further south and, inevitably, there is a long standing argument between the hotel in Alonnah on Bruny Island and the Dover Hotel as to which is the most southern hotel in Australia.

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Feeding a Bennets wallaby at Lake St Clair

Derwent Bridge - Places to See

Derwent Bridge (including Lake St Clair)
Tiny settlement near the beautiful Lake St Clair
Located 171 km northwest of Hobart and 83 km east of Queenstown, Derwent Bridge is a strange and isolated little settlement (to call it a town would be to overstate its importance) which literally comprises a very ordinary bridge (the town's name results from the fact that it is a bridge closest to the headwaters of the Derwent River), a hotel and a few houses. The town's major appeal is that it is only 5 km from the beautiful and dramatic Lake St Clair.

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Marine Studies Centre, Woodbridge

Woodbridge

Woodbridge
Pleasant coastal town on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Woodbridge nestles into the coast on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel opposite Bruny Island - a settlement gazing across the narrow channel at the island's low lying hills. It is hard to imagine that they were once violent outposts where the local Aborigines were persecuted and maltreated by sealers and whalers.

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The hydro electricity schemes pipes leading down to Tarraleah Power Station

Tarraleah

Tarraleah
Old hydro-electricity township in the centre of Tasmania
Located 114 km northwest of Hobart, Tarraleah is a hydro-electricity township in the mountains between Hobart and Queenstown which is notable for its huge hydro-electric pipes which tumble down the side of a valley near the chalet.

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Bothwell Grange

Bothwell

Bothwell
Historically significant farming town on the Clyde River
Located 350 m above sea level and 74 km north of Hobart (take the Midland Highway - it is located 21 km from Melton Mowbray on the A5), Bothwell is a quiet farming town on the Clyde River. It was named after a town in Lanarkshire, Scotland by Governor George Arthur in 1824.

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