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Nestled on the coast of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, opposite Bruny Island and in the Little Oyster Cove bay, is the small coastal port town of Kettering.

Located just over 32 km from Hobart in a fruit growing area, it is popular with visitors seeking aquatic activities, and with its two marinas it is a playground for yachtsmen. It is also the place where you catch the vehicular ferry to the historic Bruny Island.

Kettering is one of a number of towns within the Municipality of Kingborough, which has one of the longest stretches of coastline (336 km) in Tasmania.


First explored by Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in 1792, the region was settled in the early 1800s by timer cutters, whalers and sealers. Life was hard and people in the area rarely stayed for long, preferring to settle in the nearby Hobart Town. Bruni D’Entrecasteaux was also to explore and name the Riviere du Nord 28th February, 1793. A few months later, the explorer Lieutenant John Hayes, unaware that D’Entrecasteaux had already discovered the River Derwent, named the river after Derwentwater and the Derwent River in the Lakes District of his native Cumberland in England.

It is estimated that the original occupants of Tasmania numbered between 4,000 to 6,000 in 1803, but by 1833 this number had been reduced to around 300. With a number dying from diseased brought in by Europeans, and alcoholism, others died in conflicts with the European settlers. The remaining Aborigines were moved to and isolated on Flinders Island, which saw another 250 dying in poor conditions over the next 14 years. In 1847, the surviving 47 were transferred to their final settlement in Oyster Cove, just north of Kettering.

By 1859 their numbers were further reduced to about a dozen. Truganini is described as the last of the Tasmanian Aborigine, having died in 1876. Although today, there are many of mixed blood who claimed Aboriginal ancestry.

Source: Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition - Hayes, Sir John (1768-1831),
Tasmanian Salvaged Resurrection Timbers PL - The Discovery & Exploration of Tasmania,
National Foundation for Australian Women - Truganini (1812-1876)

Check out our listing of Kettering accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information. Also enjoy lunch, morning and afternoon tea in the cafe with harbour views.

Information Centre

Bruny D’Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre
81 Ferry Road
Ph: 03 6267 4494
Fax: 03 6267 4266
Email / Email
Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Kettering Transport

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North Western Shipping & Towage Co PL
• Ph: 03 6273 6725 (Timetable Info) • Ph: 03 6272 3277 (General Enquiries)
• Ph: 03 6272 3277 (Islander Concession Info)
• Access to Bruny Island is by a 15 minute ferry ride. The Bruny Island Ferry Service is operated by North Western Shipping and Towage Co. Information on Bruny Island Ferry timetable and prices can be viewed from their website, click here or visit the Department of Infrastructure, energy and Resources site.
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Kettering Distance

Distance to Kettering
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Kettering:
Devonport 283
Freycinet Peninsula 222
Geeveston 59
Hobart 32
Huonville 38
Launceston 228
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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