Saturday, August 11, 2012

I {Heart} Bruny Island

A couple of months into our time in Tassie and we've finally sorted ourselves out. We moved into a gorgeous place in Bellerive, I found myself a job and we've finished unpacking.
Two weeks ago, my Dad and his partner, Nat, came to visit. Hubby and I took them all over south-eastern Tasmania and we had a great time eating, drinking and being merry. Wine tasting in the Freycinet, Huon and Coal River Valley regions, dinner at Ball and Chain, a bit of shopping at the Salamanca Market and a visit to Cygnet for the fabulous handmade chocolates at Cygneture Chocolates and a divine lunch at the Red Velvet Lounge.
So, after all that entertaining, we took a weekend off to recover and prepare for a fun weekend exploring. I had a look online and came up with Bruny Island. Seemed easy enough to get to, looked like there was plenty to see and do and there was a caravan park on the beach - perfect.
We set off this morning to catch the 9.30am ferry from Kettering (after hitting the snooze button a few too many times to make the 7.45am one). I couldn't believe how easy it was ~ rock up, join the queue, pay your $30 (includes the return trip) and roll aboard. After we climbed out of the car (quite literally for me ~ my door was so close to the wall I couldn't open it!), had a look around upstairs and took a couple of photos, it was time to hop back in the car and disembark.
Hubby had a great morning driving down random roads to 'see what's down there'. We ended up driving around the entire island, enjoying views of the spectacular coastline and a brief glimpse of a couple of dolphins frolicking near the shore.

Bruny Island Lighthouse
Bruny Island Cheese is worth coming across for on its own. The cellar door is gorgeous and the lady who was there when we went in was just lovely. We tasted some of the cheeses on offer and ended up buying Tom and Otto ~ hubby was fascinated by the combination of prosciutto and cheese so we'll be trying that tomorrow night when we get home.
A quick stop in at Bruny Island Providore resulted in one very happy wife. Somehow I managed to convince hubby that buying me 1.25 kilograms of chocolate fudge was a good idea!!

View of 'the Neck' - the narrow piece of land that joins South Bruny and North Bruny
Now we're at Captain Cook Caravan Park in Adventure Bay, snuggled up in our roof top tent listening to the waves crash on the shore. I couldn't think of a better way to finish such a wonderful day. We'll definitely be back to visit Bruny Island again ... and we'll be bringing all our visitors too :)

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