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The early days in a tiny house.

Way back in the early 2000's when the family bought the island we used it for regular camping trips. Based in Melbourne we would fly to Tassie, hire a car, drive to Coles Bay and then try to organise a lift out there or hire a tinny. A few times we found we got to...

Meet woodsman Steve

Steve is the guy I found on Gumtrees who hunts down old trees that farmers want to gets rid of and rescues them from being put on bonfire. He has a mill up in the hills where he cuts these trees into timber. All of the decking and ramps are made of his macracarpa...

Marinara on Picnic Island

So you are on an island, you may as well try some of our local seafood. Nothing beats cooking up a meal after a day or foraging, fishing and hunting. First up, don't eat the penguins or shearwaters. They are protected. They also taste awful (so I am told). The easiest...

Captain Hepburn and his eight kids

  The original owner of Picnic Island was Captain Robert Hepburn. Born in 1782 he had an adventurous life as a sea captain. In 1828 he had a bit of a mid life crisis and decided to move with his wife Jacobina (Jacobina?!), his three sons and five daughters to Van...

Picnic Island – the backstory

For those interested in a bit more detail around Picnic Island and how it came to be I will be progressively adding to this blog. My web designer (Lex from Prevalent Media by the way - highly recommend) says it all helps with SEO and "driving" traffic and all that...