Peppermint Bay, Melissa Krafchek

Population 389

The area around Kettering, in the state's south-east, was first explored in 1792 by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, after whom the surrounding channel is named. The town was settled in the 1800s by timber cutters, sealers and whalers, and the community was a transient one. Kettering is now principally the launching point to Bruny Island, but is charming in its own right with a sheltered harbour full of yachts and fishing vessels.

Visitor Information

79 Ferry Rd; (03) 6267 4494

Nearby national parks

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

Nearby towns

  • Cygnet

    Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915...more

  • Kingston

    Almost an outer suburb of Hobart, this pleasant seaside town sits just beyond the city limits. Its literary claim to fame is that Nobel...more

  • Huonville

    Huonville produces more than half of Tasmania's apples and is surrounded by blossoming fields of apples, cherries, plums, pears, berries...more

In Town

Oyster Cove Marina: well-known marina with boats for hire, skippered cruises and fishing charters; Ferry Rd.

Ocean-kayaking: guided day tours with Roaring 40s Ocean Kayaking company; bookings on (03) 6267 5000.

Herons Rise Vineyard: picturesque vineyard specialising in cool-climate white and pinot noir wines; sales; 120 Saddle Rd.


Peppermint Bay This is one of Tasmania's top gastronomic experiences, with a first-class restaurant and a store full of local products. There is also an arts and crafts gallery and fine views across the waterfront. The Peppermint Bay Cruise, departing from Hobart and touring the D'Entrecasteaux Channel along the way, is another way to visit this spectacular location; bookings on 1800 751 229. 3435 Channel Hwy, Woodbridge; 5 km S.

Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio: weaving tuition and sales of products woven from silk, cotton, linen, wool, alpaca, mohair and collie-dog hair; Woodbridge Hill Rd; 4 km S.

Channel Historical and Folk Museum: displays of historical memorabilia of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel region; closed Wed; 2361 Channel Hwy, Lower Snug; 5 km N.

Conningham: good swimming and boating beaches; 6 km N.

Snug Falls: pleasant 1.5 hr return walk to falls; 8 km N.

Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery: 15 different types of cheese at Tasmania's only sheep cheesery; Birchs Bay; 9 km S.

Bruny Island ferry: trips throughout the day from Ferry Rd Terminal; for information on the island, see Adventure Bay.

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 28 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 14 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more

Mount Wellington Walks 26 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Salamanca Market 28 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 28 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Tahune AirWalk 42 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 36 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Tasmania Golf Club 41 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Fleurtys Cafe

Heading up the dirt track serving as Fleurtys driveway, you may wonder where you’re going, but as the trees clear and you arrive at this modern, glass-fronted restaurant you will fall under the spell of the... Find out more

Mermaid Cafe

Right next to the Bruny Island ferry terminal, this is the sort of place you could easily while away the afternoon watching the Mirambeena car ferry come and go across D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Polished floors,... Find out more

Peppermint Bay Dining Room

If there is one food experience every visitor to Tasmania should have, it’s lunch at Peppermint Bay. Hop on board the cruise from Hobart (phone 1300 137 919), or drive directly to this food lover’s heaven.... Find out more

Snug Tavern

This pub is one of the most family-friendly hotels you’ll find anywhere in Tasmania, and it’s a well-loved and popular venue with locals. Without a hint of historic architecture in sight, and offering the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 26 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Moo Brew 35 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cygnet Holiday Park 14 km

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more

Neck Reserve camping area 19 km

The Neck is a narrow, sandy isthmus joining north and south Bruny. Halfway along it is a must-see lookout with 360-degree views, and at night the sand dunes below come alive with penguins. The camping area is sheltered... Find out more

Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 20 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 22 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more

Dover Beachside Tourist Park 27 km

This popular beachside caravan park has everything from cabins and campsites to wifi access, and it ticks all the boxes for family fun. The kids will love the playground and the sheltered beach across the road,... Find out more

Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area 33 km

Beside the Esperance River, these forest campsites have fireplaces, soft, mossy ground and a babbling brook to lull you to sleep after your walk to Duckhole Lake or Adamsons Falls nearby. You will need to carry your gear... Find out more

The Pines camping area 34 km

This sheltered camping area is a popular spot for surfers attracted to Cloudy Bay’s beach and point breaks. It is very small, so campers have to take their chances finding a site. While surfing is the main... Find out more

Cloudy Corner camping area 34 km

At the far end of Cloudy Bay, this isolated campsite is accessible only to 4WD vehicles and involves driving 3 km along the beach at low tide. Camping is a short walk from the beach. The creek water must be boiled or... Find out more

Arve River Picnic Ground camping area 36 km

Along the Arve Rd, 14 km west of Geeveston, this streamside picnic and camping area is tucked away in a forest reserve beside the pretty Arve River. There are lovely spots to put up your tent among the ferns, as well as... Find out more

Jetty Beach camping area 38 km

Behind the gentle curve of Jetty Beach, this camping ground among the trees is very popular – and deservedly so. Sheltered from the south-west, it faces a sandy cove with clear water, safe swimming, great... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 7 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 36 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 37 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more

White Beach Tourist Park 40 km

This popular, quality park is only 10 minutes from historic Port Arthur. The park has good facilities and large shady trees. It is very busy during holiday periods and bookings are required at these times.... Find out more

New Norfolk Caravan Park 42 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Anstey Barton

This majestic house rebuilt from a colonial ruin commands pride of place above Kettering, overlooking the bay and distant Bruny Island. It accommodates two people in gracious style, affording them sole occupancy and... Find out more

Herons Rise Vineyard Cottages

Amid the 20-year-old, cool-climate vines of Herons Rise, these three rustic cottages accommodate up to five in a beautifully private and peaceful vineyard setting. They are self-contained with complete kitchen and... Find out more


If one of Tasmania’s rarest birds, the tiny ‘forty-spotted pardelote’, calls this place home, then you can be assured it is a peaceful garden haven perfect for a restorative holiday break. Just off the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 5 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

New Norfolk park area 42 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

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