Bruny Island revisited

There is something about Bruny Island that we adore. In the lineup for the ferry. Our car is the white one in the middle. We had a power steering failure in our car so it went to BMW in Hobart and so we had a hire car from Hertz. Our car breakdown insurer Roadside Assist organised it so we could continue our journey. Insurance is worth it for those doubters.Had we discovered it before we found the Bay of Fires I may have been writing my blog on Bruny Island.

Kettering yachts provide a good picture. But once again it was just a day trip and we promise we will spend more time on Bruny to explore and roam without any particular agenda.You can feel the serenity!

Our first stop after the ferry landing was to buy some fresh oysters.

The oysters are opened and packed in a take away box and ready to eat as soon as we are. The little ceramic birds perched on the corrugated tin are made by the oyster man’s girlfriend and a dowel inserted in the base helps them to balance on the ledge so you can buy one and lure the local birds onto your deck. No… we did not buy one this time.Then we headed off to the Bruny Island Cheese Company.  We needed fresh bread and we read on the website that they have fresh bread baked in the  wood fire oven. So when we were told that they were not baking we were very disappointed. We even tried to phone them from the mainland to check but no one was answering the phone.

I noticed later in the week in Salamanca Market they had the bread on sale so maybe they only bake for that day. We bought some of the cheese again which was in the plan.

The little general store had a reasonable loaf of bread that they bake or finish baking, not quite sure what it is but it was a good substitute.

The climb up to the hill to look back and view the narrow Isthmus.

The sad story of Truganini’s life and death is embedded on this rock.

Next stop lunch, advice is to bring your own here. Nothing like a picnic with a backdrop on Bruny Island.We set up our spread of bread, cheese, oysters on a huge Blackwood board we had previously purchased in the gift shop at the Tahune air walk, so no need for tablecloths and special platters.

Visiting the lighthouse on the south of the island is a must.

Spring brings the most abundant and varied wildflowers out here.All views from the lighthouse are astounding.

Another pointy angle. Here are more reasons to climb up to the lighthouse. The sky is a bit moody and the rocks here look a little sinister.

Another pic of wildflowers taken from my walk down from the lighthouse off the main path.

In another post I will be writing about our chance meeting with a woman who lives nearby in a spectacular property and has documented the orchids of Bruny Island and very recently published them in a beautiful book.

  1. #1 by bagnidilucca on December 28, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    What a gorgeous place! We haven’t been there, but it looks like fun.

  2. #2 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on December 28, 2010 - 11:14 pm

    Beautiful Roz! I saw a little of the island on a recent tv programme – Gourmet Farmer – and it just looks so peaceful!

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