About the Trail
FONB are are currently completing development of a new Heritage Trail at Dennes Point. Starting from the Jetty Cafe/Art at the Point, the Trail will take visitors on a short walk to Kelly’s Point, the northern-most tip of Bruny Island, taking in some of the most heritage-rich and fascinating parts of North Bruny Island. Fourteen panels will be installed along the walkway, providing information about these heritage values, including:
- The natural history, geology, plants and animals of Dennes Point.
- Aboriginal presence at the site.
- Early contact between early French explorers and the Aboriginal people of North Bruny, and subsequent developments.
- The farm of James Kelly, one of the first white settlers on North Bruny, which was located on Dennes Point; and activities that took place on the farm and associated with the site, including whaling.
- The Dennes Point Pilot Station.
- Settler community life at Dennes Point in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including fairs and regattas.
- The old ferry routes to Bruny Island from Tinderbox to Dennes Point.
To complement the Heritage Trail, we are also in the process of developing an Audio Visual, which will be available through this site. We will also make the full final texts and images used on the panels available here.
Audio Visual (media link)
Trail Texts (document link)]
These are some reports on the Kelly’s point area, that were commissioned by Friends of North Bruny in planning for the Dennes Point Heritage Trail.
- Geological report on Kelly’s Point Boulder Spit and Geological map – Bill Cromer and Chris Sharples, 2007, prepared for FONB.
- Heritage Report – Kelly’s Farm (PDF) – TasArc, October 2014, prepared for FONB.
- Aboriginal Heritage Significance Assessment – Kelly’s Point and Cap de la Sortie (PDF) – Don Ransom and Greg Lehman, 2016, prepared for FONB.