- 1km, about 20 minutes with an optional stroll to visit Pebble Beach (additional 15 minutes).
- Wander down through the paddocks via an original farm track to One Tree Point.
- Take a rest or a picnic at the rustic table that overlooks the D’Entrecasteaux Channel at One Tree Point.
- Sidle down to Pebble Beach – probably the favourite swimming place for hardy souls.
- Come back up to the house past magnificent forest and excellent habitat for wombats and bettongs.
A gentle stroll through the paddocks to spectacular views
Clearing and Agriculture
Clearing the forests for cropping commenced in the 1880s. Essentially a subsistence farm, the pioneer George and later generations grew oats, barley, field peas and potatoes in rotation, milked their cows, fattened pigs, reared fat lambs and tended their beasts of burden. Without machinery, fertiliser or agrochemical, it was hard work: much of it was done by hand and only later did machinery start to play a role. Hump and hollow ‘lands’ to deal with high rainfall and poor drainage can still be discerned in a couple of the lower paddocks. All three generations bred daffodils, including a unique double-frilled flower that can still be seen in the paddocks in spring.
In the Second World War, a Japanese submarine was sunk in Sydney Harbour after shelling shore-side homes. Not long after, a submarine surfaced next to the Freycinet Peninsula and disgorged a plane that took a reconnaissance flight down over Hobart one moonlit night. Tasmania set watch for any incursions into her waters up and down the harbour entrances. Blubber Head was one of the sites where soldiers scoured the waters for vessels.
One Tree Point
Take a break on the driftwood seat and survey the magnificent playground of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. You may not be the only one surveying the waters. If you are quiet, you may observe a pair of sea eagles on one of their favourite perches above One Tree Point, scanning for stray Atlantic Salmon or Blue Wrasse in the waters below.
The Southern Right (right because this whale was the ‘right’ one to boil down) and the Humpback whales are now occasional visitors to the area after a break of 200 years.
The Peninsula Experience Booklet
This booklet seeks to provide to our guests an overview of this unique property. Hopefully, due to the work of the contributors, it enriches the experience of your stay by introducing the history and the flora and fauna of this land and its timelessness. The ethos of The Peninsula is to provide a sanctuary for animals whilst allowing you to enjoy their habitat in quiet luxury with a minimal footprint. With this in mind, we recommend you begin your journey at the gate and enjoy the experience… slowly.
There are a variety of walks on the property, each featuring numbered marker posts that refer to stories contained in this booklet. The first section of the booklet gives you insights into the natural and cultural history of Blubber Head. The booklet is complimentary for all guests at The Peninsula Experience.
All walks are designed to Australian Standards Class 4: graded to be quite easy walking and following distinct tracks, but users will require basic walking gear such as stout shoes, map reading skills and should always exercise common sense. Track conditions vary and obstacles and trip hazards may be encountered along the way. Users take responsibility for their own safety whilst walking.