The historic riverside town of Franklin is home to Frank’s Cider House and “Woodside Orchard”.
In the middle of the beautiful Huon Valley – just 35 minutes south of Hobart – the Clark Family have been growing apples and pears since the 1830s. The fifth-generation orchardist (Frank’s granddaughter) will take you on a tour of the heritage orchard. She will showcase the dessert fruit and heritage cider varieties, as well as vintage machinery and stories of her family’s orcharding through the years. Wandering through the trees and hand feeding her cattle is always a highlight.
At the Cider House, she will guide you through a tasting of Frank’s multi-award-winning ciders made from 100 per cent Tasmania fruit. Heritage apple and pear varieties are tree ripened and blended with delicious local cherries and raspberries. The result is crisp, clean and sparkling ciders, bursting with fruit flavour.
Frank’s Cider House also has a small Apple Museum which tells the story of The Apple Isle, and displays photos and artefacts from this important part of Tasmania’s history.
Huon Valley produce is a feature at Frank’s Café; and lunch comprises farm-raised beef, salmon from the Huon River, local cheeses and seasonal fruits and vegetables grown at “Woodside”.
Frank’s Cider Scones with fresh jam and cream are a local favourite, and fruit-based desserts such as apple crumble and pear and rhubarb pie are freshly baked each day.
Step back in time in the heritage surrounds of Frank’s Cider House and enjoy Huon Valley’s history and hospitality – from the locals!
Orchard Tours : Sunday and Monday December – April Large groups all year.
Frank’s Cider House (open seven days but closed some public holidays)