Scamander, Tasmania

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Scamander
Tasmania
Scamander Tasmania.jpg
Scamander is located in Tasmania
Scamander
Scamander
Coordinates 41°27′S 148°16′E / 41.450°S 148.267°E / -41.450; 148.267Coordinates: 41°27′S 148°16′E / 41.450°S 148.267°E / -41.450; 148.267
Population 506 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 7215
Location
LGA(s) Break O'Day Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
18.0 °C
64 °F
8.9 °C
48 °F
708.6 mm
27.9 in

Scamander is a small town at the mouth of the Scamander River between St Helens and St Marys on the north-east coast of Tasmania in Australia. The town is a popular holiday destination because of its wide, sandy beaches and views of the ocean. Recreational activities include surfing, swimming and fishing for bream in the river.

History and Climate[edit]

The first European to travel through the area was surveyor John Helder Wedge in 1825. He named the river "Borthwick" and the locality itself he named "Yarmouth" after the English port Great Yarmouth but both the river and town were both later renamed "Scamander".

The wide river mouth has been a challenge to bridge builders for many years. Richard Terry constructed a timber bridge in 1865 but it later collapsed when a large mob of cattle was driven across it. A second and third bridge were successively washed away in floods in 1889 and 1911. Further bridges succumbed to flood and shipworms, the last timber bridge collapsing in 1929. A truss bridge was built in 1936 and still stands today. The concrete bridge that currently carries the Tasman Highway was built alongside this bridge.

Scamander Post Office opened on 1 October 1896 and closed in 1933. It reopened in 1950.[2]

On the evening of 11 December 2006, 18 houses and a restaurant were razed by a bushfire that swept around the small town.[3] In 2009, the town recorded Tasmania's highest ever temperature of 42.2 °C (108.0 °F) on January 30.[4]


Climate data for Scamander (1974-2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 42.2
(108)
39.8
(103.6)
34.8
(94.6)
29.3
(84.7)
24.7
(76.5)
20.1
(68.2)
21.8
(71.2)
24.9
(76.8)
29.7
(85.5)
31.7
(89.1)
34.7
(94.5)
35.6
(96.1)
42.2
(108)
Average high °C (°F) 22.1
(71.8)
21.7
(71.1)
20.7
(69.3)
18.8
(65.8)
16.6
(61.9)
14.4
(57.9)
13.8
(56.8)
14.8
(58.6)
16.3
(61.3)
17.4
(63.3)
19.0
(66.2)
20.3
(68.5)
18.0
(64.4)
Average low °C (°F) 12.7
(54.9)
13.0
(55.4)
11.8
(53.2)
9.8
(49.6)
7.5
(45.5)
5.5
(41.9)
4.5
(40.1)
5.3
(41.5)
6.6
(43.9)
8.1
(46.6)
10.3
(50.5)
11.3
(52.3)
8.9
(48)
Record low °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2)
5.3
(41.5)
2.6
(36.7)
2.0
(35.6)
0.0
(32)
−2.2
(28)
−3.0
(26.6)
−1.2
(29.8)
−0.2
(31.6)
0.1
(32.2)
1.8
(35.2)
3.8
(38.8)
−3.0
(26.6)
Rainfall mm (inches) 55.2
(2.173)
45.2
(1.78)
66.7
(2.626)
69.0
(2.717)
53.9
(2.122)
54.0
(2.126)
54.2
(2.134)
63.4
(2.496)
54.7
(2.154)
69.1
(2.72)
64.1
(2.524)
59.1
(2.327)
708.6
(27.899)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 8.9 8.4 11.2 9.2 9.8 10.7 11.6 11.8 11.9 11.9 10.6 10.9 126.9
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[5]

Services[edit]

Services in Scamander include:

  • Resort Hotel
  • Bottle Shop
  • Two Caravan Parks
  • Numerous Bed and Breakfasts
  • Several small motels
  • Supermarket/minimarket
  • Petrol Station including mechanic
  • Fast food store
  • Surf Shop
  • Post office
  • Coffee, Book & Video store
  • Local Handyman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Scamander". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Conditions improve for Tasmanian fire crews". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Tasmania breaks all-time high temperature record again". Bureau of Meteorology. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Scamander". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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