Travel ‘Bible’ the Lonely Planet described Tasmania’s food scene as a ‘gourmet's paradise’ & went on to list it in its must see destinations, describing the Island State as a "wild & dramatic, cultured & quirky, isolated yet accessible" travel destination. Your Airbnb Tasmania is located in an area rich with culture, unique wildlife, fine fresh produce & unspoiled, breathtaking scenery.
The quaint & delicious sounding Eggs & Bacon Bay was actually named for its abundant wildflowers with yellow & streaky red petals from the pea family of Fabaceae. In 2016 an animal rights group lobbied the local Council to have the name changed to vegan friendly “Apples & Cherries Bay”. This suggestion was basically laughed down by the community who started questioning whether the popular tourist destination of Wineglass Bay should be changed to satisfy Alcoholics Anonymous.
This region is traditionally the Country of the Melukerdee band of the Palawa people - the Aboriginal Tasmanians, considered the continuing custodians. In Aboriginal philosophy, unlike European culture, people do not ‘own’ Country. Instead, Country owns the people. Predominantly nomadic people, the Palawa movements followed the seasonal changes in food supply, such as shellfish, seabirds, wallaby and vegetable foods.
One notable Aboriginal Tasmanian of this region is Fanny Cochrane Smith. A remarkable woman born in 1834 who lived in Nicholls Rivulet (known then as Irishtown) & recognised by the Tasmanian government as the last surviving Tasmanian Aboriginal in 1889. Fanny with her husband ex-convict William Smith, ran a boarding house in Hobart & earned a living from fencing & shingle splitting while keeping up traditional practices - hunting, gathering bush food & medicines, making baskets, diving for shellfish & participating in Aboriginal ceremony. She is best known as a singer however & it was at a concert at the Hobart Theatre Royal in 1899, that local businessman Horace Watson heard her and immediately arranged to make recordings of her on the new Edison wax cylinder phonograph. Not only are these recordings some of the earliest musical recordings in the world, they are the only recording of Tasmanian Aboriginal song and speech. According to the notable Australian violinist Jon Rose at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in Sydney in 2007, the recording of Fanny Cochrane Smith is arguably one of the most important 19th century musical artefacts from anywhere in the world - certainly more important than the recording of Brahms playing his piano in the same year.
You can listen to Fanny's recordings here
Photo credit - Chris Cobern
Welcome to my personal guide to the best to see & do in Eggs & Bacon Bay & surrounds, especially created for our Airbnb Tasmania guests. Here you will find my top recommendations & insider tips, plus where to find the essentials to make the most of your stay in this truly spectacular part of the world. Just enter your name & email to download your free Guide. Enjoy!
The first mention of the Huon area of Tasmania, or Van Diemen’s Land, was made in 1777 when Captain Cook landed at Adventure Bay on Bruny Island. Eleven years later, Lieutenant William Bligh visited Bruny Island in his infamous ship The Bounty & planted some apple trees – the beginning of an industry.
The bay where Cygnet sits was named Port des Cygnes (Port of Swans) by French navigator Bruni D'Entrecasteaux in 1793 because of the large numbers of black swans in the area. The swans are still in abundance & can be seen at Burtons Reserve (Port Cygnet Wildlife Sanctuary). After the British settlement of Hobart in 1804, the first European settler in the district was William Nichols in 1834 who purchased land & moved his family here. His grandson, John Wilson, established a shipbuilding business at what is now known as Port Cygnet & continues today. The first orchard was planted in Petcheys Bay in 1836. Until the end of the 1850s, timber was the main source of income as land was cleared & was exported from the area for firewood, house building and fence palings.
In 1840 the township of Port Cygnet was surveyed. Land was advertised for sale to the public in 1848. The Post Office opened in1854. The town was known as Port Cygnet until 1895. By the turn of the century, fruit exports were increasing and shipments to London had already begun. Interstate supplies were increasing also. The fruit season saw most of the town's inhabitants working in or about the orchards, while the millers provided the case materials from local timber stocks. The town was known as Lovett until 1915 and then Cygnet.
Fanny Cochrane Smith & Horace Watson - photo credit TMAG