A Momentous trip to Franklin, Tasmania

An early adventure from Hobart south took us to a very unique & authentic Tasmanian town of Franklin, situated on the Huon River.  Franklin is a small, attractive town which lies between the Huon River and the hills of the Huon Valley. It currently has a population of around 1,000 who either work in agriculture, aquaculture and forestry or commute to Hobart which is only a little over half an hour away. The appeal of the town lies in its location and its historic architecture. It is a town where the uniqueness of Tasmania is best symbolised by the remarkable Petty Sessions Gourmet Cafe – where else in Australia would you find a timber court house converted into a chic restaurant where visitors can gorge on fresh Rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon from the Huon River; Bruny Island oysters; local crayfish, abalone and scallops; and beef, lamb and Tasmanian venison.  (

Origin of Name

Sir John Franklin was Governor of Tasmania from 1837-1843. His wife, Lady Jane Franklin. was a tireless worker aiming always to help the poor in the colony. In 1839 she bought and distributed land in 100 acre allotments to poor settlers. The project became known as ‘The Settlement’. Later ‘The Settlement’ was renamed Franklin in Lady Franklin’s honour.

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The Wood Guys

We were privilege to be contacted by an amazing Woodworking business right on the riverbank of the Huon River at Franklin.  John was interested in seeing our Sandi Hands Sanding Gloves  after seeing them online.  A visit to their workshop & store was truly a highlight added to our time here in this picturesque part of our Country Australia.  John & his daughter, Holly, welcomed us with open arms & were very impressed by our Sandi Hands.

We now welcome this Tassie business as one of our Sandi Hands Stockist Team, and look forward to doing a lot of business with them.  What better place than a town that has so much history in timber & woodworking, not to mention boating craft as well.

If you are in the Huon Valley area, or just want to see an authentic establishment with work that will astonish you, you really need to visit John & Holly at The Wood Guys.  When you arrive you will find ample places to park, even for large motorhome style vehicles as we have.  The big colourbond shed you can’t miss (just look to the left when you come in to town from Hobart) – it is huge; and the sign is awesome, with a timber feature you just have to see.  There are plenty of places to visit in this historic town so make a day of it but make sure you visit The Wood Guys first!

This family business from NSW really are gifted in their trade.  I was totally taken back by their shop artifacts they have produced with their own talented hands !  Obviously extremely gifted in their field, John & Holly have a display unlike anything else – there are items from very small belly buttion cleaners, comical block items, timber pears, amazing implements & bread boards, up to large items made from Huon Pine, Myrtle, Blackwood etc.   It just blows your mind what they have.  Fairly new to Franklin, I have no doubt they are already a huge asset to the township & district, by their business and their nature.  You will love meeting this amazing business partnership !





And don’t forget to get your Sandi Hands Sanding Gloves while you are there.  The Wood Guys are now our Sandi Hands Stockists for the Huon Valley District.