Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Feathered friends

Three Hummock Island is a nesting ground for fairy penguins.  Parent penguins go marching up the beach path and past the homestead every night to feed their babies who wait in the family burrow.

John the caretaker knows where to find the penguins and can take you bird spotting once night falls.  In summer this can be quite late so be prepared for tired children.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Birthday makeover

The homestead on Three Hummock Island is 100 years old this year.  It was extensively renovated in 2009, to take it from a rather tired collection of rooms to a bright, happy house.
This is the view from the front door of the homestead.  Home Beach and the jetty are just a short walk down a sandy track.

The homestead has 5 bedrooms and two bathrooms.  It still retains its original charm, now enhanced by essentials like hotel issue king size beds and high thread count bedlinen.

The kitchen has been stocked with every conceivable implement, right down to the lemon zester.  The two stoves can turn out roast dinners for the 14 house guests with ease, and do sublime roast potatoes.  You can watch the kangaroos graze from the window while you do the dishes.

The dining room adjoins the kitchen and looks out over cleared fields and the windmill.

The living room can accommodate a large number of weary beach-combers, with a fireplace for cooler nights and a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading. (The homestead has been a hideout for writers in the past.)

This is a house you're happy to spend time in, whether it's lying in bed in the morning listening to the cries of the seabirds, or retiring on the sofa with a good book in hand late into the evening.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Job of a lifetime

This is John (with a fascinated Henri in tow). 

John and his wife Beverley are the current caretakers on Three Hummock Island. 

John and Bev have the very important job of looking after their island home and the guests who visit it.  That involves keeping tracks cleared around the island, including to the airstrip and various beaches. 

They maintain the three dwellings- their home, the homestead and the cottage (the latter two being guest accommodation). 

Running a property in a remote location, with no help at hand, requires many skills and a resourcefulness.  If a roof leaks or a vehicle has a problem John fixes it himself. 

John and Bev take an active interest in the wildlife that shares their home.  John always has his binoculars at the ready to spot the many bird varieties, and points them out to us as he takes us around the island.

When you visit they will happily share their local knowledge and fascinating stories with you.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A haven in Bass Strait

Three Hummock Island is a magical place of unsurpassed beauty.  It is a fascinating place with a varied history.  It has a wonderful story to tell.  This blog has been created to give you an insight into life on Three Hummock Island.

Maybe you will visit one day?