Bruny Island Highlights

2 02 2013

A week on Bruny Island was too short.  Most spend only a few days, but I like to take things slowly, have relax days, chore days and explore days.  We caught up on some washing, got some school books out on the rainy days and did some touristy exploring.

The berry farm was a lovely treat with berry ice-cream, cakes and coffee.  Bruny chocolate shop was another treat with Bruny fudge.   We also had three “tours” with National Parks which were all awesome, of course the penguins being the absolute highlight.

The fairy penguins arrive at The Neck rookery area around 10pm.  We arrived there at 9pm for a talk and watched the Sheerwaters crash land and find their burrows.  A few penguin chicks come out a little early waiting for their feed and then around 10pm you see a dark mass forming down on the beach.  When there is quite a crowd of penguins they waddle up together to the grass and find their own chicks awaiting their feed for the evening.  After the first landing of penguins most of the crowd of tourists left, we stayed on for the second group and got a much better look at the penguins arriving and witnessed some chicks getting their feed and even got quite close to two chicks still waiting.  It was well worth the late night.  We were hoping to see a quoll on the drive back but had to be content with many wallabies, possums and a brown bandicoot.

After our longer walk and Dan refusing to ever do another one we managed to drag him on a shorter, easier walk to grassy point.  It was a pleasant stroll but does put doubt in our mind to be able to take our four year old on anything longer – maybe with a little more encouragement and loads of distracting conversation we could maybe try again with him.

Camping on Bruny was an unknown before we got there.  We weren’t quite sure of fees and what was on offer.  We had conflicting information with our Camps book and other travellers advice.  Now I can say that The Neck, Cloudy Bay and the Jetty Campgrounds are all managed by National Parks and are $15 per night for a family – which I find OK considering they upkeep the grounds, clean the pit loos, upkeep the walks, offer educational tours plus much more.  We chose Cloudy Bay which we accessed by the beach and found it very spacious, quiet and met some lovely people.

Bruny’s beaches, cliff faces, wildlife are all amazing and well worth the trip over ($60 return ferry trip if towing a trailer).  A tip though, is bring all our supplies with you.  2Lts of milk cost us $5 and a loaf of stale bread $4.80! Oh and it was pretty funny that the park ranger was from the Central Coast and the local policeman was from Galston (all close to our home towns).

Cooking with Dad

Cooking with Dad

On the hunt for the best shell

On the hunt for the best shell

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay

Marshmallows!

Marshmallows!

Matthew loved driving past this donkey most days.

Matthew loved driving past this donkey most days.

Penguin chicks waiting their feed.  The light had to be red to not upset the little fellas

Penguin chicks waiting their feed. The light had to be red to not upset the little fellas

Enjoying the view at Grassy Point

Enjoying the view at Grassy Point

The view at Grassy Point and Dan made it with a smile!

The view at Grassy Point and Dan made it with a smile!

Bruny Lighthouse

Bruny Lighthouse

Another little Mountain Dragon

Another little Mountain Dragon

Pure delight in getting to hold the mountain dragon

Pure delight in getting to hold the mountain dragon

Saying goodbye to our bay

Saying goodbye to our bay

The double decker ferry to Bruny

The double decker ferry to Bruny

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4 02 2013
MrsBoardwell

Marshmallows over the fire – can’t beat it! Place looks amazing, you must have had a ball ^_^

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