Last week, we mentioned Kangaroo Bluff in a story about Battery Point and Princes Park. As it turns out, we took a few photos at the historical site in Bellerive during a visit back in January. And surprise, surprise… here they are!

Kangaroo Bluff - Derwent River
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

This cannon would fire straight across the Derwent River from Kangaroo Bluff to Wrest Point Casino

Kangaroo Bluff: Small Dose of Tasmanian History

If you like a taste of Tasmanian history without getting too in-depth about it all, you’ve come to the right place. We admitted (when we mentioned Captain James Cook in our recent Bruny Island story) that we’re no experts in the field. However, we do wish we’d paid more attention at school, and find the subject much more interesting these days.


 

We’re surrounded by so much history in Tasmania; that’s possibly the spark of our renewed enthusiasm. The first-hand experience just makes it seem more relevant, and real. Or maybe it’s just because we’re getting ancient ourselves!

Kangaroo Bluff - History
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

A little taste of Tasmanian history in Bellerive at the Kangaroo Bluff Battery site

Scattered around Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site… information boards for the history enthusiast. In short, a report in 1873 of possible Russian warships lurking in the region prompted the long-touted defence plans. The battery was completed in October 1884 after many years of delay and much consternation about the possibility of an attack on Hobart Town by enemy forces. Not exactly a quick response to the danger, but high costs were a major factor in the delay.

Kangaroo Bluff - Historical Information
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

Detailed information about the Kangaroo Bluff Battery is provided by Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service

If you don’t have the opportunity to visit in person, you can read
detailed information about the Kangaroo Bluff Battery on the
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife website. The service is responsible for
the maintenance and management of the historic site in Bellerive.

Kangaroo Bluff - Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service manage the Kangaroo Bluff Fort Site

Picnic by the Cannons Without the Fireworks

Kangaroo Bluff is a pretty spot to visit, regardless of your level of historical interest. Many kids will love the big cannons; there’s tunnels to explore, as well as mounds of dirt and bridges. With the big shady trees, wonderful views of Hobart and surrounds and the Derwent River, it would actually make a nice location for a picnic.

Kangaroo Bluff - Bellerive
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

Kids will appreciate the big cannons facing the entrance to the Derwent River in Hobart

Kangaroo Bluff - Tunnels
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

Dangerous in the dark, stone tunnels lined with a concrete base

We thought it might also be a great location to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. But that’s not going to happen; the gates close at 5:00pm each day. It would be quite dangerous at Kangaroo Bluff in the dark, with a potentially nasty drop into the tunnels onto concrete.

Kangaroo Bluff - Historical Site
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

Gates to the Kangaroo Bluff Historical Site in Bellerive are open from 9 to 5

Kangaroos Play AFL in Tasmania at Bellerive

Consider this a suggestion for sporty visitors to Hobart. In summer, watch Ricky Ponting (with the Tasmanian Tigers or the Hobart Hurricanes) play cricket at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive. Or in winter, watch the North Melbourne Kangaroos play AFL footy. Grab some breakfast beforehand at Three Little Ducks, then head to Kangaroo Bluff. You can fill in extra time with a walk around this free-to-visit Tassie attraction. We’re so helpful, right?

Kangaroo Bluff - Entance Bridge
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

The wooden bridge to Kangaroo Bluff Battery ~ no dogs allowed past this point

As always with our articles, we’re inspired to follow one story
with another, and then another. All things Tasmanian
everything connected and linked;  just the way we like it.
To get your story in the picture, contact Think Tasmania today.

If you like this article about Tasmania, and you’d like to read more, just subscribe to our newsletter or join us on social media via FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram. If you really like this article, and you want others to see it, you can choose one of the “share” options below. We’d love that!

Comments relevant to this article are always most welcome, just leave a reply below. But first… please confirm the date of this article. Have you found something current, or is this ancient information? Either way, thanks for your company and come back again soon.

Map: Kangaroo Bluff Battery, Bellerive Tasmania