Kettering and Woodbridge nestle on the coast on
D’Entrecasteaux Channel opposite Bruny Island - two tiny
settlements across the narrow channel from the island’s low lying
hills. With its Marina and its regular ferry service to Bruny Island,
Kettering is an important tourist mooring and departure point.
Across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel a short drive south of Hobart,
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
Peppermint Bay is home to Peppermint Bay Cruises, which operates
cruises of the River Derwent and D’Entrecasteaux Channel on its
luxuty catamaran. Cruises include general sightseeing, wildlife
adventure around the shores of Bruny Island, or are available for
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.
Snug (7 km south) is a small coastal town located on the Channel
Highway. A carbide factory operated at Snug from 1917. The carbide was
used in the manufacture of acetylene gas. The factory was converted to
a silicon smelter in 1979, but was closed in 1991. During the 1967
Tasmanian bushfires the town of Snug was devastated, two-thirds of the
town’s houses were destroyed, along with two churches and half
the school. Snug is home to the Channel Folk Museum.
Snug Tiers is a Nature Recreational Area 8.7 km west of Margate.
Walking tracks lead to a number of waterfalls, including the popular
Coningham Beach on the southern shore of Snug Bay is one of
Tasmania’s most sheltered, offering year-round swimming. The
highway eventually leads to Kettering where you can join the vehicular
ferry for Bruny Island.
Gordon (29 km south) is a pleasant resort town on the shores of
D’Entrecasteaux Channel facing Bruny Island. Near the shoreline
is a monument to Bruni D’Entrecasteaux, who spearheaded French
interest in the region. He discovered the channel and offshore island
which bear his name, and the Huon River, in 1792-93.