Woodbridge

Woodbridge
Pleasant coastal town on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Woodbridge nestles into the coast on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel opposite Bruny Island - a settlement gazing across the narrow channel at the island's low lying hills. It is hard to imagine that they were once violent outposts where the local Aborigines were persecuted and maltreated by sealers and whalers.

The area was first explored by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux in 1792 and was settled in the early 1800s by timber cutters, whalers and sealers. Life was hard and the people who lived in the area rarely settled for long preferring the life in Hobart Town to the whaling stations and logging camps.

It was at Oyster Cove that the last Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement was established in 1847. Aborigines from all over Van Diemen's Land had been rounded up some years earlier and isolated on Flinders Island. In 1847 the remnants, now only 44 people, were taken to a reserve at Oyster Cove. By 1855 there were only 16 people left and by 1869 only Truganini remained. She died in 1876 but it was not until 1976 that her ashes were thrown to the winds on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

Today the area is noted for its orchards of apples, cherries and pears.

Things to see:

Marine Studies Centre
The Commonwealth Government has established a Marine Studies Centre at Woodbridge (it is down on the water near the town jetty) which is specifically designed to cater for school children interested in marine biology .

Woodbridge Hill
Travellers wanting a short cut across to the Huon Valley can take the C627 and C626 through the mountains behind Woodbridge and Kettering. The C627 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.

Orchard Lea Guest House
11 Weedings Way
Woodbridge TAS 7162
Telephone: (03) 6267 4108, 0408 899 508
Email: stay@orchardlea.com.au
Rating: ****

The Old Woodbridge Rectory
15 Woodbridge Hill Rd
Woodbridge TAS 7162
Telephone: (03) 6267 4742
Facsimile: (03) 6267 4746
Email: rectory@southcom.com.au
Rating: ****

Geebin Vineyard
3729 Channel Hwy
Woodbridge TAS 7162
Telephone: (03) 6267 4750
Email: stay@geebin.alltasmanian.com
Rating: ****

Telopea Accommodation
144 Pullens Rd
Woodbridge TAS 7162
Telephone: (03) 6267 4565, 043 824 1933
Facsimile: (03) 6267 4565
Email: stay@telopea-accommodation.com.au
Rating: ****

Oyster Cove Inn
1 Ferry Rd, Kettering via
Woodbridge TAS 7162
Telephone: (03) 6267 4446

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