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Unravelling the Mystery of Kettering

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There’s been a lot of talk about Kettering lately, with the quiet seaside town’s small screen debut as the setting for the acclaimed eerie drama, The Kettering Incident (watch the sneak peak below). That’s a lot of buzz for a small town 37km south of Hobart! So what’s all the fuss about? And what’s Kettering really like? Read on, my friend, and the mystery will be unravelled. Just don’t run towards the strange dancing lights.

Take in the views from Kettering Point
Now that you’ve watched the sneak peak, the gripping mystery has no doubt lured you in. With Kettering’s rolling green hills and thick bushland cascading right down to the water’s edge, it’s easy to see why this town was chosen for such a gritty and intriguing mystery (and why it’s home to a strong artistic community). For the best views, take the easy 10 minute walk to Kettering Point. You’ll wind your way through Sheoaks to a rocky outcrop, where you’ll be greeted by sweeping views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island.

Visit Oyster Cove Marina
The marina is the heart of this sleepy coastal town. Legend has it, in 1976 a shiny dome-shaped object landed in a clearing at Little Oyster Cove, leaving a scorched circle of grass. Perhaps ask a local fisherman? The marina is also the spot to catch the ferry across to Bruny Island, where some of the scenes outside of Kettering were filmed.

Take a drive to Mountain River and Sleeping Beauty
Apparently Southern Tasmania has long been a hot spot for UFO sightings! Perhaps they’re attracted to the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Huon Valley? Mountain River and Sleeping Beauty were two of the moody locations chosen for The Kettering Incident. If you’re into hiking and like the challenge of long, steep climbs, you can embark upon the Trestle Mountain and Collins Bonnet (Sleeping Beauty) walks to really immerse yourself in the landscape.

Tour the Raptor & Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania
One creature sharing the sky with unidentified objects is the magnificent raptor. For something truly special, visit the Raptor Refuge, where they are working hard to rehabilitate injured, sick or orphaned raptors. You can book yourself on a private walk and talk tour, or go a step further and do their Rescue to Release Workshop. If only the raptors could tell us what they’ve seen… For more info, see: Raptor Refuge Website

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Huon Trail Journeys
The Cove Kettering

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Peter Hendrie

Isabel Galloway

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