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 (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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.

Kettering - Tasmania

Where is Kettering: southern Tasmania (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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 (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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Playground at Dru Point (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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

Kettering - Train Park

Train park: Dru Point (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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.

Kettering - Bike Track

Bike track: Bicentennial Park (photo by Anelda Lotter)

Kettering - Bicentennial Park

Cycling fun: Bicentennial Park (photo by Anelda Lotter)

The Esplanade is beautiful with lots of ducks and birds.

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Ducks at Dru Point (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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.

Kettering - Coningham Beach

Road to Coningham Beach (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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 (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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 (photo by Anelda Lotter)

Kettering - Bruny Island Ferry

Ferry: Bruny Island to and from Kettering (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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!

Kettering - Picnic

Picnic with a view: Kettering Tasmania (photo by Anelda Lotter)

Kettering - Trial Bay Track

Trial Bay, Kettering Point Track (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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

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Boats: Kettering Marina (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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 (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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!

Kettering - Dru Point

Stunning views: Dru Point, Margate (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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Dru Point, Margate: Tasmania (photo by Anelda Lotter)

Kettering - Trial Bay

Trial Bay, Tasmania (photo by Anelda Lotter)

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