Day 619 – 624 20/1 – 25/1 Bruny Island

We crossed the D’Entrecasteaux Channel on the barge to Bruny Island. Only takes 15 minutes.

Staying at Adventure Bay. It has been a busy place in the last 200 years. In 1773 it was discovered by Tobias Furneaux & named after his ship “Adventure”.  Then came Captain Cook in 1777 & after that William Bligh & Matthew Flinders in 1788. It was finally found to be an island in 1792 by Bruni D’Entrecasteaux after which it is named.

Great full moon over the bay.img_9835img_9856

The next night it was red, not because it was a blood red moon (as it could only be seen from Northern Hemisphere) but from the smoke from bushfires.


Cape Bruny Lighthouse is on the southern tip & is the second oldest extant lighthouse tower in Australia, as well as having the longest history of being continuously manned. It was first lit in 1838 and was eventually decommissioned in 1996.

Lunch at Bruny Island Premium Wines.

Followed by dessert at the Chocolate Factory.img_3045

A couple of cute churches on the island

I am not sure if Ulrika is looking more like a cherry or an oyster. She has eaten plenty of both 🙂img_3052

Get shucked.

Dessert this time at Bruny Island Honey.img_3058

Followed by a wee tipple at the House of Whisky.

Found the place I could live in my dotage. Its called Barnes Bay & is perfect.img_3051

Funny sky tonight. Still lots of smoke.p1000679

Went down to the beach for a walk & found that they had opened up Captain Cook Creek to the sea. A local told us it was to lower the creek as they were expecting rain. It went from a narrow channel to a wide river very quickly. Old mates dog had a great time.

Drive over Mt Mangana & found the relics of an old timber mill. It closed in 1940’s.

What it would have looked like 100 years ago

The Neck between North & South Bruny.img_3060img_3061

Lunch at Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co. followed by dessert of locally grown berries.

She could just fit in a few more.

Onshore winds sent an algae bloom onto the beach. The wind came up & blew most of it away by dark. There was still a bit of the luminescence in the waves.


Also found a couple of expired penguins. Ulrika spent some time in ensuring they were given an appropriate farewell.

We have been looking for the allusive Bennett’s White Wallaby all week. Finally found her & her Joey at the Berry Farm.

Friday night dinner with the locals at the Bowls Club.

Bit smokey here today. The fires are just across the channel. img_3129

Quote of the Day

“I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, anything with an ‘errie’ in it!”

Ulrika Macrae


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