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 south.
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 charter.
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 Snug Falls.
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.