In our article about Cockle Creek, we blamed our dawdling for the drawn-out drive. Stopping to take photos every five seconds has serious consequences! We also mentioned the rather large potholes at the end of the road and very briefly touched on Recherche Bay.
Recherche Bay: Tasmanian Land Conservancy
We were keen to see Recherche Bay en route to Cockle Creek, considering the Tasmanian Land Conservancy reserve. Of course, researching various places of interest in person is always more time-consuming than just driving for the sake of arriving. So if that’s your preference, go for it. Two hours from Hobart to Cockle Creek might be all you need.
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy has registered as a member of Think Tasmania. But that’s not the only reason we were interested in Recherche Bay. Our dear friend and talented colleague Carol Haberle wrote about the Tasmanian Blue Gum state emblem for our readers. She also valued protection and preservation of Tasmanian wildlife and birds ranging from majestic eagles to the tiny Tasmanian Yellow Wattlebird.
Endangered Flora and Fauna
The spectacular 142 ha coastal property extends the dramatic wild landscape of the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area, home to the critically endangered species, the swamp eyebright. This delicate flowering plant has only a single population of 50 individuals remaining on the planet.
The property provides habitat for several threatened bird species. A pair of white-bellied sea eagles – vulnerable to extinction in Tasmania – return to nest on the property year after year. Grey goshawks and masked owls, both endangered in Tasmania due to their declining populations, use the area for nesting, roosting and feeding.
Stands of mature Tasmanian blue gums, a species first discovered on this very site by Labillardiere in 1792, provide foraging habitat for flocks of swift parrots, which are endangered at a national level due to habitat destruction.
Carol was also very fond of the Ida Bay Railway experience she and Kevin enjoyed in far south Tasmania. The Friends of Ida Bay Historical Society Inc. was formed in September 2009 for the purpose of preserving and recording the history of Ida Bay Railway, Southport, Hastings, Lune River, Ida Bay, Recherche Bay and Cockle Creek from 1792 to the present. Tasmanian history was a source of great interest and inspiration in Carol’s writing.
More About Recherche Bay
For further fascinating reading about Recherche Bay, visit the Australian Government Department of the Environment website: “Recherche Bay can only be reached by boat. It is possible to land on the beach, but there are no walking trails through the area and it is best experienced from the water“.
You can also download the Recherche Bay information sheet produced by Tasmanian Land Conservancy: “In 1770 James Cook changed the world’s understanding of Terra Australis Incognita with his exploration aboard the Endeavour, charting around 3200 kilometres of coastline”.
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