The Huon pine grows in only southern and western Tasmanian rainforests such as the one pictured right. The wood has a rich golden texture, and an exquisite smell and touch. It is also one of the finest boat-building timbers known to man thanks to its durability and its strong oil, which makes it resistant to water penetration.
Several examples of Huon Pine in southern Tasmania are believed to be over 2,000 years old, making them one of the oldest living things in the world. The Huon pine once existed in large numbers, but their unique qualities resulted in many being felled. The felling of Huon pine is now restricted and reserves exist along the Denison River where the Huon pine may grow freely. Natural felling still provides an amount of timber to craftsmen so Huon pine products are still available.