Saturday 8 December 2012

Bruny Island

On my recent trip to Tasmania I spent an absolutely delightful day on Bruny Island with my friend and her son. I'd only heard the name Bruny Island recently, when I bought Fifty Places to go Birding Before You Die. Bruny Island is one of the two Australian sights listed. Then as it so often turns out when I went to the author talk by David Hill he spoke of Bruny d'Entrecasteaux. And it was too much synchronicity. How lucky to end up there the very next month!

Bruny Island is quite a large island off the south east coast of Tasmania. A car ferry travels from Kettering to Bruny Island, it's a short trip, 15 or 20 minutes or so.

The queue for the car ferry, too long even on an average Sunday morning
We got the next ferry

A gorgeous trip across.

Bruny Island Oysters
We had a dozen of the freshest oysters

Boys the world over love digging

Bruny Island Neck
such a fabulous view
there were lots of black cockatoos screeching about
The walkway up to the lookout

Truganini Memorial at the top of the lookout

"Don't get wet!"
The weather around us looked a bit threatening at times,
but it always passed by

Even though we were in the remote wilds of Tasmania
there was a cafe to serve us a delicious lunch
herb damper, smoked salmon and a glass of red
Yes thanks!

And artworks pop up in odd places

A rather sad 1970s memorial to Captain Cook
Adventure Bay was his last Australian stop in 1777
before he was killed in Hawaii in 1779

A little friend enjoying the day too

Bligh Museum- what was a private collection
relating to all the early explorers

It was low tide in d'Entrecasteaux Channel on the way back to the ferry

We didn't see roos doing anything bizarre to the cars
but there were plenty of warning signs
so it must be quite common
The end to a perfect day

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Dr. Mieke said...

What a lovely place! Thank you for this posting and the gorgeous photos ... Definitely on my wish list now ... :-)

Marg said...

Ha! Love the kangaroo sign!

Lovely post again this week.

Brona said...

Louise you visit the most amazing places! I loved the view along the Bruny Island neck.
Did you spot lots of birds?
I hadn't realised Truganini was from that area.
You need to be aware of those weight-lifting kangaroo's!! :-D

Louise said...

It is a gorgeous place Mieke, I can't wait to go back- to Tasmania in general and Bruny Island in particular.

Thanks Marg.

It was amazing Brona. I found a few birds, not as many as I hoped, and I'm not sure that I got any of the 12 Tasmanian birds. I have to go back....I hadn't known that Truganini was from Bruny Island either. We were very wary of car tipping roos but thankfully didn't come across any.

Cipriano said...

These are incredible! Great pictures.
Tasmania! Where else can you see roadsigns of kangaroos fixing the front "tyre"!

Unknown said...

What lovely photos! I was not familiar with Bruny Island but it looks like a fun place to visit. Have a great day!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Absolutely breathtaking photos. Such a beautiful place.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What wonderful shots! Islands are so romantic and lovely...and that lunch looks delightful.

Thanks for sharing.


grammajudyb said...

Thank you for all your travel photos. I may never visit Tasmania, but at least now I have seen beautiful pictures and will remember where in the world it is located.

Anonymous said...

I love to fly away to beautiful Bruny Island! What a totally different world than here. What birds did you see over there? Also I see you're reading The Hobbit. I just finished reading it to get ready for the movie. I won two free tickets to see the preview. Wish you could go with me. ;)

Alyce said...

It was so neat to see these, since I am pretty sure I will never have a chance to visit there myself. Beautiful views, and that lunch looks fabulous!

MedicatedMoo said...

We visited there in January 2010 and loved the place - oysters, wine, a cruise to see the seals .... absolutely beautiful.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Absolutely awesome. The scenery is breathtaking and I'm sure the birds were fantastic too.

Joy said...

What a beautiful place. I love that long beach and the sea. Neat that it has interesting birds, too.

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bermudaonion said...

What a lovely way to spend the day!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots--and tasty looking food!

Sim Carter said...

Your neck of the woods really is spectacular. I quite like that narrow strip of ground with the water on both sides.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Spectacular views!
Jaw-dropping :O
Was that a roo in the grasses?
Black cockatoos!
I can't even begin to imagine all this.
merci carolg

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Is herb damper the name for the rolls? They look fabulous.

Paulita said...

This is a gorgeous place. I love islands you can only reach by boat. I hope you'll play along with my Dreaming of France meme on Monday. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

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