Cape Portland, Tasmania

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Cape Portland
Tasmania
Cape Portland is located in Tasmania
Cape Portland
Cape Portland
Coordinates 40°44′58″S 147°56′43″E / 40.74944°S 147.94528°E / -40.74944; 147.94528Coordinates: 40°44′58″S 147°56′43″E / 40.74944°S 147.94528°E / -40.74944; 147.94528
Postcode(s) 7264
LGA(s) Dorset Council
The Cape Portland area is an important site for Cape Barren geese

Cape Portland (indigenous name: Lumaranatana) is both a geographical feature and a locality near the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Australia. It points west across Ringarooma Bay. It was named after the Duke of Portland by Matthew Flinders during his 1798 circumnavigation of the island in the sloop Norfolk with George Bass.

History[edit]

Cape Portland Post Office opened on 6 April 1865 (first as a receiving house) and finally closed in 1918.[1]

Birds[edit]

It is the site of the 67 km2 Cape Portland Important Bird Area which includes the cape itself, some adjacent land, a strip of coastline east of the cape extending to Policemans Point at the mouth of Ansons Bay, and nearby Swan Island. This area supports more than 1% of the world population of the Cape Barren goose, chestnut teal and the near threatened hooded plover. It also occasionally supports large numbers of pied oystercatchers, double-banded plovers and breeding fairy terns.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "IBA: Cape Portland". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-12.