As the days grow longer and the first signs of spring in Tasmania start to show, why not take a drive down the Channel Highway on your way to Kettering?

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Kettering: get lost this spring

The Kettering Incident

by Anelda Lötter

Now why Kettering, you may ask? Apparently Kettering will be famous really soon, not only for its pure beauty and serenity, but also due to the recent filming of The Kettering Incident in the area. This eight-hour, $15 million production, is the first adult drama series ever to be filmed in Tasmania.

They say the story deals with a detective who investigates a missing person in the Kettering area. Now I don’t know much about this series or the filming thereof, but I can tell you I would not mind too much getting lost in the area surrounding Kettering! It is truly peaceful and a great drive too. Kettering is just after Snug, right before Woodbridge, on the B68 from Hobart.

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Where is Kettering: southern Tasmania

Margate: Dru Point Bicentennial Park

My suggestion would be to take the kids on a weekend drive. One of the reasons is to make a stop at the Dru Point Bicentennial Park in Margate.

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Lovely park for all to play

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Playground at Dru Point

The kids can play in a fantastic, enclosed area with a great view.

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Train park: Dru Point

If your little one is just learning to ride a bike, this will be a great treat. There is a bicycle track with road signs to get your little one roadworthy in no time, without the hassle of a busy road. Mum and Dad can hang out in the nearby café while the kids play to their hearts content.

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Bike track: Bicentennial Park

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Cycling fun: Bicentennial Park

The Esplanade is beautiful with lots of ducks and birds.

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Ducks at Dru Point

Picnic: Coningham Beach, Snug or Trial Bay

Margate is a small but bustling Tasmanian town with a lot of places to pick up fresh bread, farm fresh fruit and even pizza. It’s not such a bad idea to fill your picnic basket, as there’s a lovely beach and picnic area on the way to Kettering.

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Road to Coningham Beach

Continue on to Snug where you can either pass straight through to Kettering or turn off for a quick stop at Coningham Beach Reserve. It’s a beautiful, quiet beach area. Kettering is all about boats and yachts as it seems everyone has one!

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All about the boats: Kettering

Gateway to Bruny Island

Kettering is also the gateway to Bruny Island, as the Bruny Island Ferry departs from Kettering.

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Bruny Island ferry terminal: Kettering

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Ferry: Bruny Island to and from Kettering

You can enjoy a cuppa at one of the local hangouts, or enjoy your packed picnic just outside Kettering at Trial Bay. A walk along the Kettering Point Track is also in order!

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Picnic with a view: Kettering Tasmania

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Trial Bay, Kettering Point Track

The area is clean and the view over the bay is just breath-taking.

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Boats: Kettering Marina

Kettering is very peaceful and I could not resist a photo of the graveyard just outside the town. If this needs to be my last resting place, I would not complain about the location!

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Peace in Kettering: graveyard

Star of the Show

I can understand why the producers chose this area for their filming. If you don’t lose some of your stress here, you can at least get lost in time, enjoying all the fresh air and ocean views.

So get lost in Kettering and surrounds this spring. Who knows, maybe you’ll bump into Offspring’s Dr Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez). He will star in The Kettering Incident and will be living in Tasmania for the rest of the year. If you don’t spot him and the crew, the drive and things to do along the way will surely put a smile on your face anyway!

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Stunning views: Dru Point, Margate

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Dru Point, Margate: scenic location, southern Tasmania

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Trial Bay, Tasmania

Anelda Lötter is the owner of photography business: Anelda Lötter Photography. She moved from her native South Africa to make her home in Hobart. Anelda is passionate about capturing special memories for people and promises good, friendly service. Follow Anelda Lötter Photography on Facebook or phone 0459 192 091 to find out more.

Anelda Lötter Photography is a registered member of Think Tasmania.

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