RIGHT DOWN SOUTH ON THE BRUNY COAST
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Adventure Bay to Cloudy Bay to Jetty Beach South Bruny National Park
South Bruny NP Jetty Beach is free camping.
Cool 15degrees. Overcast .
Adventure Bay was visited by early navigators and was where Captain Cook's boat the Adventurer landed and Captain Furneaux became the first European to step onto Bruny Island. Apparently the great Cook actually came ashore here in 1777 and there is a plaque marking the spot. Captain Bligh has a museum dedicated to his adventures in this exquisite bay. The bay must have looked like paradise after months at sea!!!
We left the Bay as it started to drizzle and took the scary forestry road that crosses the south island; as usual sheila handled the steep ascents and descents and the rugged surface. As a tourist you really don’t have much idea of the roads and destinations ahead and in the van there are often no appropriate turning areas so its on we go!!! Needless to say we were happy to reach Cloudy Bay Road gravel and rough but fairly flat.
Our destination was Cloudy Bay for coffee and we marvelled at the beautiful wide beach, turquoise water, white sands but within a few minutes it was wild, grey and so windy there was no way we would go ahead with our planned trek across the bay and headland. We enjoyed the company of a young Hobart family who were camping nearby and teaching their young boys to surf. They told us yesterday and early morning had been perfect and she was still in her swimmers, telling us the water was not freezing. We were rugged up!
After coffee- no not from a café but from van’s kitchen- Cloudy Bay is beach, beauty and pit toilet only, we headed to South Bruny NP’s other rugged isolated peninsula and parked ourselves at Jetty Beach Campground. It was fairly crowded and we found a compromised site until we noticed a camper with an ocean front site packing; so it was quick get in there before someone else does; he even left a small amount of firewood.
Now what can be said amount this remote and gorgeous place that is accessible and free for everyone to enjoy? You just stare and wonder at the beauty and feel privileged to have found it. Yes it was windy and cloudy/sunny but we settled in and wandered down to the calm turquoise sea and walked the white sands to the rocks. Is this heaven?
The following morning we signed the walker registration book and set off on the Labillardiere Peninsula Walk 15kms of easy trekking with the usual amazing views out along the coast.
There were lots of wild flowers including Xmas Bells which are the South Bruny NP emblem,
3 echidnas, 2 tiger snakes and chirping birds.
The native blue berry was special
and along the sea edge huge masses of kelp were visible; the distant cliffs and rocky outcrops kept our attention and there were 2 beautiful beaches to cross.
The return track was narrow and the challenge was to keep the tall thick bracken from smothering you!
Another great walk and the pictures will tell the story better than words.
Kath’s walking boots had now lost their Vibram soles and Sheila’s Scarpa leather boots were no longer comfortable so it was runners that took us on this trek and they worked well as the ground was dry. Later in Hobart the shoe repairer tried to stretch Sheila’s leather and glue back Kath’s soles but both were unsuccessful; Kath was lucky enough to find a new pair of Hi-tech Lite boots reduced to nearly half price that were the last pair and fitted perfectly. Sheila is still searching!