It occurs to me that we haven’t really told you a lot about Sisters Beach yet so today I thought I would write a little about it.
Sisters Beach is a small community about twenty-two kilometres west of Wynyard on Tasmania’s north-west coast. It is surrounded by the Rocky Cape National Park and to reach it you must turn off the Bass Highway and take the road that leads to the coast, nearby is the pretty town of Boat Harbour. Probably to call either Boat Harbour or Sisters Beach towns would be being generous as they are both tiny. At the last census Sisters Beach had a population of about 450 people. There is just one shop that houses a cafe, takeaway food shop, general store and post office. Adjacent to the shop is a tiny bottle shop, the only place to buy alcohol. Until recently you could buy petrol at the shop too.
I will write more about the history of the area in a later post when I’ve had a chance to do more research. The township, the locals refer to it as the village, is part permanent residences and part semi-permanent homes used at weekends or as holiday rentals.
The houses are an eclectic mix of the original beach shacks, brick homes built in the sixties and seventies, newer homes including the ugly, blocky grey houses that everyone seems to build these days and a few more quirky designs like A-frames and hexagonally shaped homes.
Gardens hold a mixture of water tanks, garages, sheds made from odd materials and caravans. Lilies, Kangaroo Paw and Agapanthus grow almost wild on the verges.
Our own house was originally built in 1968. We believe that the lower level may originally have been a garage and storage area as the ceilings are quite low and there are the remains of a flight of stairs in a room which is currently configured as a bathroom. We plan to learn more about the history of our own house. So far we’ve learned that there have been at least three previous owners. At one stage it was divided into two flats. We plan to keep the downstairs kitchen operational as it will be handy to have extra space for baking or to prepare a meal when we are downstairs doing our hobbies.
The streets are sealed but narrow, there are few footpaths and the local speed limit is just 40kph. There are unpaved roads and pedestrian-only lanes as well, to get to the beach, the shop or to more isolated homes.
I took quite a lot of photos around the neighbourhood today and I know that Naomi has taken some as well so we’ll bring you another look at Sisters Beach another day.