45 minutes from HOBART - "the short way" via Davey Street, the Southern Outlet & Huonville - and an hour from both MONA & the Hobart Airport, Frenchman’s River, Cygnet is ideally placed in the lovely Huon Valley.
But if you take the long way round via Davey Street & the Southern Outlet from Hobart to Cygnet via Woodbridge and Peppermint Bay (a delightful waterside bistro) - you’ll drive along the coast of the D’Entercasteaux Channel past vineyards and artisan cheeseries, cideries and farm gate vendors of seasonal fruit, organic meat and other produce from honey to herbs, and local smoked bacon.
Flowerpot, Middleton, Verona Sands, Eggs & Bacon Bay and the lovely cove of Randalls Bay will take you through some of the prettiest country in Australia for around an hour and twenty minutes - if you don’t linger along the way - before you find yourself, eventually, in Cygnet.
That’s where Frenchman’s River sits on its own range of hills above the bay and the town.
Head East from Frenchman’s River & we’re 15 minutes from Kettering (from where the car ferry departs hourly to Bruny Island) and Woodbridge. Head West from Frenchman’s River and it’s 15 minutes to Franklin – home to the Wooden Boat School – and the wonderful Home Hill (a vineyard restaurant, at Ranelagh).
A little further North, back on the Hobart road, and you’ll find Willy Smith’s Cidery. New pioneers of Cider making in the Huon, they’ve brought the apples back.
And there’s so much more. Drive from Cygnet via Dover to Southport, and there the road runs out in the great South West Wilderness – a paradise for walkers.