BRUNY ISLAND-WILD, BEAUTIFUL & MAGICAL
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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BRUNY ISLAND BY FERRY ACROSS THE WATER FROM KETTERING
COOL, CLOUDY AND FINE
The drive along the D'Entrecasteaux coast was picturesque and it was a challenge working out which peninsula you were facing as you weaved around Tassie’s edges!! There is such a lot of coastline on this small island. Guess we will just admire what we see and not worry too much about exact geography.
The ferry trip from Kettering to Bruny Island cost $28 return and was just 20 minutes. It was very windy when we drove through the 5km isthmus, a skinny long stretch of almost nothing connecting north and south Bruny called The Neck.
We climbed the steps to get a view of both islands and even though we had been here before some years ago, the vista is breathtaking; the ocean was wild and impressive, although the cold wild wind took away some of the joy and we were happy to get back to the van and explore the rest of the area along Adventure Bay.
We checked out the free camping at Neck Beach on the isthmus but decided we wanted to camp close to our intended national park walks so chose Adventure Bay Eco Village right on the bay and at the entrance to the national park. We thought $20 pn for such natural, peaceful spot was a great find. We were not disappointed.
We met people who searched without success for the white wallabies- we had them all over the camp ground and were able to photograph them despite the story that they are elusive and shy.
The weather was fluctuating wildly and we set out several times Monday to tackle the walk but just did a section. The next morning showed some promise so we went for it:
The Grass Point/ Fluted Cape Walk in the South Bruny National Park was spectacular with incredible views, careful climbing at the edge of scary cliffs that fell straight into the wild ocean got us to a peak of 272 metres above sea level.
You kept thinking "this is the peak and the best views- oh but wait look here, there is more and even better!" Fantastic formations of rock towered up from the ocean and looked like statues of the gods.
The trees and vegetation change as we go higher and we start off in avenues of casuarinas and reedy plants – perhaps “cutting grass” until we get to Grass Point where you can read the history of whaling and early settlement from regular signage. From here Mt Wellington looms in the distance.
The last part of the walk was a serious down hill decline and we celebrated the flat ground three hours later.
We thought this walk was definitely one of the best. And then it was back to the van for a thick ham sandwich and coffee.
You feel a lovely tired satisfied well being after a great walk and yes we were happy.