Day 7 - Bruny Island Cruise

Trip Start May 07, 2009
Trip End May 17, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Thursday, May 14, 2009

We had to wake up earlier today to make it in time for the cruise.  We've been told the weather forecast was mostly sunny today but it was raining. :-(
We drove for about 40 minutes to a place called Kettering where we caught the Ferry to Bruny Island (about 15 minute ferry ride).  Once we were on Bruny Island it still took us about 40 minutes to come to our destination. Once we arrived the sun started shining and it seemed like we will have good weather for the cruise.
Once we arrived, we made sure Mattie was fed and well dressed for the cruise as we were warned it was going to be quite cold.  We were then debriefed by the cruise operators after which we were on our way.
The boats used we purpose made for this kind of stuff with three engines at the back.  There were about 25 people onboard and it takes about 40.  The guides were awesome and pretty funny too.
We saw various native birds (various sea gulls, albatross, eagles, etc), water caves, penguins, dolphins, seals, and other creatures.
When we were coming to the southern side of the island (Southern Ocean) that's when we started thinking that maybe we shouldn't have brought Mattie on this cruise. :-) The rain started to fall, the wind was blowing and the temperature dropped significantly.  But he was fine, sound asleep in the sling under daddy's jacket and under the rain/wind coat.
Once we actually came to where we found the smelly seals that's when we were sure that we shouldn't have brought Mattie. J  But he was still sound asleep.  He woke up only when the boat stopped (after 3 hours) upon our return and we don't blame him as it was definitely time for some food!  And that was the first thing we did, feed him and then we had some hot pumpkin soup to warm ourselves up and some baguettes.
After finishing our lunch we slowly started making our way back to the hotel while stopping at various lookouts and taking photos.
Tomorrow we are going to do the Air Walk among the tree tops and we are excited...  Bring on another day! :-)
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