Geeveston is a small timber and
apple growing town in the Huon Valley, 62 km south
west of Hobart on the Huon Highway. During the
apple season the fields beside the road are thick
with apple trees sagging under the weight of their
The town was named after William
Geeves, an English settler who was given a land
grant by Lady Jane Franklin. Today Geeveston is
home to the Forest and Heritage Centre which features
displays on forest management and products.
Geeveston Community Church
The Geeveston Community Church dates to the 1880s.
It is the most prominent building on the highway
and is well known for its tiny steeple which appears
out of proportion to the rest of the building.
Hartz Mountains National
15 km from Geeveston lies the Hartz Mountains
National Park a spectacular combination of glacial
lakes and unusual flora and fauna. Hartz Mountain
has an elevation of 1255 m and forms part of a
dolerite plateau. The flora in the park includes
alpine moorland, Tasmanian waratah, Tasmanian
snow gums, yellow gum and alpine heath.
The Swamp Gum
With Geeveston's logging history it is not surprising
that the town's most famous symbol is the huge
trunk of a Swamp Gum. It was logged on 10 December
1971 in the Arve Valley and its length is 15.8m, the girth 6.7 m, it weighs 57 tonnes.
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