Township Themes

Project Background

In the mid-late 2000s, design work was undertaken creating ‘Master Plans’ for some townships and community areas.  These plans are prescriptive and uniform for areas throughout the Huon Valley.  Feedback from the community has identified that some infrastructure installed within these settlements does not reflect the history or character of the town.

In conjunction with the Huon Valley Brand, the aim of this project is to develop a theme for each of the major settlements in the Huon Valley (Cygnet, Dover, Franklin, Geeveston and Huonville) ensuring the uniqueness of each settlement is reflected in the theme.  These documents act as a guide for the theme of the town, whilst remaining flexible to respond to the community’s needs over time.

Current Status

Community engagement has been undertaken with Geeveston & Cygnet communities, and is currently in progress for Dover & Franklin.  Huonville will follow once Dover & Franklin are complete.

Information for each community can be found below.

  • Cygnet

    The small hamlet of Cygnet lies between the beautiful D'Entrecasteaux Channel on one side and the majestic Huon River on the other and is the centre of the fruit growing Huon Valley where apple, cherry and berry orchards line the hills.

  • Dover

    Majestic Adamson’s Peak provides a dramatic backdrop to the township of Dover and picturesque Port Esperance with its three islands - Hope, Faith and Charity.

  • Franklin

    The riverside township of Franklin has lots of old-fashioned Tasmanian charm, from the quaint historic buildings and streetscape to the pretty wooden boats floating on the Huon River.

  • Geeveston

    Geeveston is a small township nestled in the lower reaches of the scenic Huon Valley. It has a strong apple growing and forestry heritage and today caters for travellers exploring the nearby forests, Hartz Mountains National Park, and Picton and Huon rivers.

  • Huonville

    Huonville sits on the banks of the tranquil Huon River and is surrounded by fruit orchards, farmland and the peaks of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The town makes an ideal base for exploring Tasmania's far south.