Franklin is a small township on the western side of the Huon River in the south-east of Tasmania, between Huonville and Geeveston. At the 2011 census, Franklin had a population of 326. It was named after Sir John Franklin and his wife Lady Jane Franklin who subdivided a large property there formerly owned by John Price to settle families of modest means. The Franklins had a ketch named Huon Pine built at Port Davey to provide a direct link between the settlement at Hobart. Huon Post Office opened on 31 August 1848, was renamed Franklin-Huon in 1853 and Franklin in 1878. Originally used for mixed cropping, especially potatoes and other vegetables, by the late 19th century Franklin and its immediate surrounds were a major apple orcharding region. With the collapse of Tasmania's export fruit industry during the 1970s the region reverted to mixed farming. Until the 1930s Franklin was the major town in the Huon Valley. It was thriving with the shipping that docked at its many jetties. Franklin boasted its own Court House (now a gourmet café), several hotels, banks and a Town Hall (now the restored Palais Theatre). It even had its own hydroelectric power station, driven by a local creek. With the establishment of a better road across the Sleeping Beauty Range mountains and the growth of the nearby town Huonville, Franklin went into decline over the next few decades. However, it has recently had a resurgence as a popular tourist town and has had an influx of interstate 'Seachangers' who have revitalised the town. Much of old Franklin remains. Wikipedia
Is Franklin in Australia on your travel bucket list? This online travel guide is all you need to have before planning your trip. After your splendid visit to Franklin, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Hobart. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Hobart for its bountiful attractions like Mount Wellington, Museum Of Old And New Art, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens on your trip to Franklin. Also, to reach Franklin, you'll have to take a flight to Hobart; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A holiday in Franklin can generally be of 1-2 days.
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