Thursday, January 16, 2014

We visited Grassy

The township of Grassy, on the island's east coast is approximately 32 km south east of Currie. It was a thriving mining town where scheelite was extracted from an open cut mine until 1974 when two underground mines were brought into production. After the mine closed in 1990, the mine site was rehabilitated, the town sold and the pit was allowed to flood. In recent years the Grassy population has increased again and consists of local families, sea-changers, a campus of Ballarat & Clarendon College and holiday makers. The town boasts a large, heated indoor Swimming Pool, Laundromat, the Grassy Supermarket opposite King's Cuisine at the Grassy Club, the Grassy Emporium, E J Motors and Fuel, Kelp Craft and King Island Holiday Village for accommodation in the town, and a bed & breakfast and art gallery at the Portside Links, near the harbour. There is a free barbecue, sheltered eating spot and public toilets in upper Blackwood Street Grassy. Grassy is also known for the penguin rookery near the port (safe harbour) and platypus at the Upper Grassy Dam. The MV Searoad Mersey services the island with a weekly shipping service between Melbourne, Devonport and Grassy Harbour.[10]

All this makes it sound like a thriving metropolis.... amazing!

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