Introducing Somerset & Around
The heart of Somerset Island is the sleepy Somerset Village, which is virtually untouched by tourism and can be an interesting place to poke around if you want to get off the beaten track. The village is fronted by Mangrove Bay and has a couple of waterview restaurants that can make for a scenic meal break.
The entry to Somerset Island is across the world's smallest drawbridge. Somerset Bridge, built in the 17th century, has a mere 30-inch span. It's amazing to watch in action. It opens just wide enough to allow the mast of a sailboat to pass through as the boat sails, ever so gently, between the Great Sound and Ely's Harbour. Obviously, the sailor needs to have a good command and steady hand!
Somerset Island has many other sights as well, the most prominent being Scaur Hill Fort Park, an old fort with superb views and lots of nooks and crannies to explore.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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