The pretty seaside town of Kettering has a certain allure; its rolling green hills and charming marina seem at odds with its eerie history of UFO sightings. The town’s mysterious nature inspired last year’s hit sci-fi drama series The Kettering Incident (we must admit, we were freaked out. We need answers! Please give us season 2 asap). In the safe, natural earthly light of day, Kettering is well known as the gateway to Bruny Island. However, this pearl has plenty to offer, so don’t hop straight on the ferry! Linger a while and kick back in Kettering – here are our picks of things to do.
Stroll around the idyllic Marina
The sheltered Marina is the heart of this pretty town and is a lovely spot to wander at leisure. Have a stickybeak at the boats and take in the spectacular views over the Marina and the glassy waters of Little Oyster Cove. If you’re feeling peckish, Mermaid Cafe at the Bruny Island ferry terminal is the place to go, with tasty handmade cakes and other refreshments up for grabs. Pop into the Visitor Centre for a chat with the knowledgable and friendly staff and help with booking accommodation, cruises and tours. Check out the unique local products and art in the gift shop if you’re seeking a keepsake. If the water bekons, join Sailscape Sailing Adventures for a luxury, fully catered cruise from Kettering through the tranquil waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, visiting secluded bays on Bruny Island.
For more info: Mermaid Café and Bruny D’Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre | Sailscape Sailing Adventures
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Visit the Raptor & Wildlife Refuge
For a truly unique experience, book yourself on a private Walk and Talk Tour at the Raptor & Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania. You’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the incredible raptors as you’re guided around the state of the art flight aviaries, flight tunnel and education centre. They also run educational Rescue to Release Workshops for the raptor/wildlife enthusiast. The committed staff at the refuge are passionate about rehabilitating injured, sick or orphaned raptors, as well as educating the public and supporting habitat conservation.
For more info: Raptor & Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania | Raptor Refuge
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Sample the local bounty
The Channel boasts some amazing wineries, cheeseries and restaurants, and Kettering is no exception. Arrange to visit Kettering’s scenic Herons Rise Winery for tastings (you can also book yourself in to stay in one of their lovely vineyard cottages). Don’t miss Nutpatch Chocolates for insanely good handmade delights – this gem is hidden away in an old service station. Recover from all the adventure with a nice cold drink and some grub at the Oyster Cove Inn (circa 1890s) – this fishing village’s local pub knows how to do seafood right! With all this indulging, don’t forget to pick up some fresh local fruit and veg from the colourful roadside stalls.
For more info: Herons Rise | Nutpatch Chocolates | Oyster Cove Inn
Enjoy being outside
Picturesque Kettering is a top spot to be outdoors. As well as strolling around the Marina, the short walk to Kettering Point is a great way to stretch the legs. This gentle walk begins at the end of Ferry Road and trails around the shoreline, showing cheeky glimpses of the water and boats through the sheoaks, before bringing the goods at the point, with panoramic views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and over to Bruny Island. Another top spot to catch some sun is Trial Bay. Take the family along to the Trial Bay Foreshore, have a BBQ, enjoy the play area, and maybe throw a fishing line out into the river. You beauty!
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