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Scamander

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