Taroona Shot Tower
The 66 metre tall Shot Tower at Taroona, to the north of Kingston,
was built in 1870. It is a popular spot for visitors, offering
expansive views of the Derwent Estuary from the lookout at its top.
Across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from Kingston, Bruny Island
is effectively two quite different islands connected by a narrow neck
of sand. With its wild seascapes and sweeping surf beaches, rich
maritime history, abundant birdlife and wildlife, tall forests and
historic lighthouse, Bruny is an island paradise in Australia’s
deep south. The car ferry to Bruny Island leaves from Kettering, 20 km
south of Kingston.
With the outbreak of World War II, the Department of Defence
acquired land at Piersons Point and South Arm on the opposite bank of
the Derwent Estuary. Fort Direction was built on Piersons Point; its
guns, though no longer used, are still in place. The only enemy action
to ever affect Hobart happened on 1 August 1942, when a
submarine-launched Japanese spy plane flew from the submarine’s
mooring in Great Oyster Bay south along the east coast of Tasmania,
before flying northward along the Derwent River surveying Hobart and
then returning to its mother submarine.
Travellers wanting a short cut across to the Huon Valley can take
picturesque mountain road behind Woodbridge and Kettering. It passes
through the Woodbridge Hill area, a 400 ha park characterised by
rainforest vegetation and the presence of the rare Bell Everlasting.
Woodbridge Hill, which rises 580 m above sea level, is part of the
mountain range which runs between the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and
the Huon River.