Bruny Island

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Bruny Island

Wildflowers on the hike toward Tasman Head from Cloudy BayBruny IslandWe finished up our tour of Tasmania with a few days on Bruny Island, just south of Hobart.  To access Bruny a ferry departs the small harbour town of Kettering every hour or so for the 25-minute ride across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to North Bruny Island.  Bruny is split into two portions – north and south – separated by a thin stretch of soil known as The Neck.  Similar to Carol and Greg at our Cloudy Bay campsiteTasman National Park, Bruny National Park is one of Tasmania’s newer National Parks and covers most of the coastal area of South Bruny Island.  After disembarking the ferry we took some time to explore Adventure Bay, the main settlement on the island, where I threw in a line for a few mullet and some Australian Herring while Lisa took a jog along the beautiful white sand of the bay’s beach.  The bloke next to whom Carol was sitting at the Twenty20 in Hobart recommended we stay at Cloudy Bay at the very southern end of the island, Eclectic mail boxes on the road between Cloudy Bay and Adventure BayThe Tank and her friend on the beach at Cloudy Bayso we ventured down through the towering Eucalypt forests to Cloudy Bay during our first afternoon.  The Cloudy Bay campsite (S43°27.859’ E147°15.215’) is accessed by traversing a few kilometers of beach, after which it’s a short but steep jump-up into the beautiful campground.  We shared the spot with another family or two, the large area in the Eucalypt forest was a beautiful spot with a fabulous beach a short walk through the scrub and a couple of lauded hiking trails beginning next to the campground.  I even ran into a few Echidnas whilst searching for firewood.  We unfortunately weathered quite a fierce storm, with hail and some crazy winds, during our night at Cloudy Bay so didn’t really get to appreciate the area as much as we could have in nice weather, but it’s definitely a spot not to miss. 

The Tank on the ferry to Bruny IslandAdventure BayThe Tank and her friend readying to cross the beach at Cloudy Bay View from our campsite at Cloudy Bay  The hike toward Tasman Head from Cloudy BayCarol and Greg at our Cloudy Bay campsiteBalls on fireThongs drying after a wet afternoon at Cloudy Bay Lisa enjoying a glass of white at Cloudy BayA fishing boat seeking refuge in Cloudy BayThe Tank on the beach at Cloudy Bay after the storm The Tank on the beach at Cloudy Bay after the stormGreg and Carol on the beach at Cloudy BayGreg and Carol on the beach at Cloudy Bay Delapidated houses on South Bruny IslandEclectic mail boxes on the road between Cloudy Bay and Adventure BayDelapidated houses on South Bruny Island 

Lisa clambering up the stairs to the lokout on The NeckA curious echidna near Fluted CapeThe Neck looking toward South Bruny IslandFor Lisa’s birthday present my grandmother shouted Lisa (and me) to a trip on a Bruny Island Cruises tour of South Bruny Island.  We were due to take the tour on our second day on the island, but in the face of the horrendous storm the night before the skipper of the cruise company detailed that the cruise would likely only cover a small portion of its regular route and those with flexibility should return the next day.  Flexibility, that’s us!  So I went and found a campsite on The Neck while Carol, Greg and Lisa explored some of the Fluted Cape hiking trail to the top of the striking dolerite cliffs that stretch along South Bruny’s east coast.

Greg on the Fluted Cape hikeThe Fluted Cape hikeView of Penguin Island on the Fluted Cape hikeBruny Island Cheese CompanyLisa drawing at our campsite on The Neck Panormaic of The Neck looking east  

The Monument and cliffs of South Bruny IslandAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadOne of the Bruny Island Cruises boats amongst rocks known as The FriarsWe were very thankful for the honesty of the Bruny Island Cruises owner when we woke for our third day on the island: no wind and glassy seas.  Now if you think of a honking steamship with a casino and bars when you hear the word ‘cruise’ that’s not how Bruny Island Cruises operates.  Forty-nine passengers are loaded in a military-inspired, aluminium-hulled speedboat, which has almost 800 horsepower of South Bruny Islandpropellers jetting it through the water.  Passengers in the front half of the boat are required to be strapped down (tight) to their seats while the boat’s in motion and everyone’s provided with waterproof slickers for the hair-raising ride.  Lisa and I managed to secure the two seats at the very front of the boat, and while this did mean we felt the worst of the bumps and rolls of the ocean we were afforded the best views throughout the tour.  The three-hour trip took in no shortage of the striking dolerite cliffs Black-Faced Cormorantsof South Bruny’s eastern shores, beautiful rock formations and some extremely powerful blowholes.  The wildlife was brilliant, with a range of seabirds including albatross and petrels up from Antarctica for summer as well as a colony of Australian Fur Seals Australian Fur Seals near Tasman Headamongst The Friars at the very southern tip of Bruny Island.   The crew on our boat were fantastic, they were a wealth of knowledge on the surrounding environment and always made sure every one of their passengers was enjoying the trip (the Tim Tams they fed us sure kept us all Happy!).  Everyone had some serious adrenaline pumping as the boats are piloted through gaps in the cliffs and into caves, one gap we shot through at full speed would have only been a metre-or-so wider then the boat!  It was awesome, just awesome!  Lisa said it was better than any theme park ride she’d ever been on.  If you find yourself in Tasmania, make a point of trying to get on a tour with Bruny Island Cruises.

Lisa suited up for our trip with Bruny Island CruisesBruny Island CruisesSam suited up for our trip with Bruny Island CruisesOne of the many caves along the east coast of South Bruny Island The cliffs along Fluted Cape Bruny Island CruisesCaves along Fluted Cape A huge cormorant nesting area on the cliffs near Fluted CapeBlack-Faced CormorantsSouth Bruny Island from the boat The cliffs of South Bruny IslandThe Monument and cliffs of South Bruny IslandShooting the gap between The Monument and cliffsThe cliffs of South Bruny IslandSouth Bruny Island South Bruny IslandSouth Bruny Island An amazingly powerful blowhole on South Bruny IslandSam and Lisa on Bruny Island CruisesAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman Head Australian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadOne of the Bruny Island Cruises boats amongst rocks known as The FriarsAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman Head Australian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadAustralian Fur Seals near Tasman HeadA lone Albatross cruising near Mangana Bluff


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  1. The Whitsunday Islands | Our Walkabout says:

    […] a day on a military runabout-inspired speedboat similar to the one that slung us around the seas of Bruny Island in Tasmania.  We were picked up a little before 10:00AM from our caravan park and ferried to […]

  2. Camping With Your 4WD | Our Walkabout says:

    […] eight, released back in August.  It chronicles some of our adventures with Lisa’s parents to Bruny Island in southern Tasmania.  Man it hurts looking back at these photos now that The Tank and our […]

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