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Favorite thing: Bridport, I'd wanted to go there because it has a golf course listed in the world's top 100 which is really surprising because Bridport is not the sort of place you'd expect such a course to be.
In point of fact, Bridport is more like an overgrown village by the sea with a wonderful location for camping right by the beach.
Located 91 km north east from Launceston via the Tasman Highway, the not unattractive holiday town is situated at the southern end of Anderson Bay.
Its population of around 1000 (which expands dramatically in summer) has access to excellent sea and river fishing, though its swimming and beach facilities may be tempered by water temperature.
It is also the centre of major scallop, trout (there is a freshwater trout farm) and lobster industries.
So, if you've got a boat or just want to chill out, this could be the place for you.
The first white man to travel through the area was the surveyor Thomas Lewis who explored the district in 1830, closely followed by the first settlers. These included Andrew and Janet Anderson (1833), who gave their name to Anderson Bay, and Peter Brewer (1835) who built the impressive 'Bowood', a fine Georgian stone, brick and pit-sawn timber dwelling. Located 12 km north of the town, its the oldest building in the district. Constructed by an ex-convict carpenter and an American stonemason who had deserted from his sealing ship the house is unfortunately not open to the public.
Another attraction is Waterhouse, to the west of Bridport, which is surrounded by extensive sand dunes.
Today it's a near-ghost village of which had a brief moment of glory when gold was discovered there in 1869. At one time it had four hotels, a gold commissioner and police station. Off the coast is Waterhouse Island, complete with a lighthouse, which was named by Bass and Flinders in 1798.
Fondest memory: One of the things I'd always wanted to do was get some reasonable shots of red lichen on rocks. Though others may have thought that I already had some, I wasn't satisfied until I uncorked my camera at Bridport and let it loose for a couple of hours.
Bridport is a town that used to have a jetty, but only the remnant upright piers remain these days.
So tourism is arguably the main source of income these days.
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