Denison Canal
Denison Canal
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Kevin S
Sydney, Australia72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
If you are heading to Port Arthur you will cross the bridge over his canal right in the town of Dunalley. Allegedly this is the only man-made shipping canal still in use in Australia, and runs several hundred metres between the Hobart side and the ocean side of the Tasman Peninsula, and avoids many kilometres of sea travel down Storm Bay and around the peninsula. There is a little visitors information display in the park beside the canal. If you happen to be there at the right time of day you may see a fishing boat or other taller vessel pass through while waiting for the bridge to close. For some it will be interesting, for others, it will be an annoying interruption to their journey.
Well worth a 10 minute stop, and a great pie shop across the road.
Written May 21, 2014
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Kelvin S
Singapore, Singapore468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Sometime life surprised us in expected way.
We were heading back to Hobart from Port Arthur and needed to take a short stop at this place.
And to our surprise, the place so postcard beautiful.
Probably we were there close to the time of Sunset (Winter time tho), the town was in a serene peaceful hour, there were smoke from some of the chimneys, the road was quiet and the gulls flew gently across the canal and into the lake.
Much as we know it will be long drive back, we decided to spend a bit more time walking around to enjoy the view.
Indeed a great pit-stop.
Written October 12, 2019
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DawnH
Hobart, Australia975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is a great palce to stop, rest, eat and admire teh view on the drive from Hobart to Port Arthur. Plenty of parking spots, bakeries, fish and chip shops and places to sit beside the fast flowing canal. Fisherman stand on the banks and bridge to catch local fish. Boats sail through the canal to avoid the long trip round the Tasman peninsula.
Written September 29, 2017
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Rodney C
Hobart, Australia437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Canal is a fast flowing body of water. There are toilets at the car park which is opposite the canal control position. Tourism panels give a good overview of the canal. At the bridge end near the seafood eatery one can see a seal drifting up and down catching food. Worth a stop on the way to Port Arthur or return.
Written July 16, 2016
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637Lou
Hobart, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Decided to stop and read the Visitor Information Board, easy to read, interesting information about the man-made canal and other history of the area. A small canal that made such a big difference to the people!!
Written March 15, 2015
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The canal opened in 1905 to reduce the length of the sailing route between Hobart and the East Cost and is named after William Denison, a former Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania. It was opened by the then Governor, a distinguished Maltese with the grand name, Gerald Paul Joseph Cajetan Carmel Antony Martin Strickland. The old hand operated swing bridge was decommissioned in 1965 and replaced by the present bridge. Due to silting problems it now caters to small fishing and recreational boats and the occasional yacht from the Sydney-Hobart race. Good information signage, a small park and ablution facilities alongside.
Written April 26, 2022
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palmerowen
Bairnsdale, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
A beautiful, interesting sail down the Denison Canal; and a unique experience through the bridge raising.
Written September 6, 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Interesting attraction on the way too Port Arthur. Informative info boards. An added bonus if you get too see the bridge being raised to let a vessel through
Written December 10, 2018
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,891 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The canal is close to the main road from Hobart to Port Arthur. A pleasant park with good amenities overlooks the canal. The water was clean and inviting. A pleasant diversion or resting stop.
Written May 2, 2018
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Sposci
Hobart, Australia50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
This took me back to travelling through England as a child watching the boats on the rivers and the lochs being opened, filled and then the boats released. Timing it for the bridge to let a boat through would be the highlight of any small childs car ride.
The facilities are reasonable if you are in need of a comfort stop, in winter be prepared for the metal toilet 'seat'! Great place to have a picnic on the banks of the river and I think there was a gas bbq for public use but I can't be sure.
Written February 6, 2018
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