Bruny Island is a lovely little island off the south coast of Tasmania, not far from the Huon Valley. Access is via a car ferry, and sailings are regular. A very easy place to spend some time, checking out the winery, the whisky and gin distiller, the oyster shack, cheese factory and all sorts of other food places.
But, being an island, it’s also surrounded by ocean, and if you kept going south you’d hit the Antarctic. I didn’t plan on going that far, but instead opted for an adventure, travelling on a combination of a boat and rubber duckie, down the east coast. The brochures promised rocky outcrops, sea animals and birds, and lovely seascapes. A brilliant morning and a reasonably calm sea (for the Roaring 40s) made the start of our adventure lovely.
Later the winds rose, and the sea became very choppy, so we were very glad we hadn’t booked in for the afternoon adventure – it could have been a little too adventurous, and we’d have missed out on entering some of the little rocky inlets or getting up close and personal with sea caves.
Were there animals and birds – yes… by the boat load. A large Australian fur seal haul out (ie hangout for seals when they aren’t breeding), albatross, sea gulls, Pacific gulls, cormorants…
A lovely day out, followed by chatting to a local, and eating as many oysters as we could fit in at a local oyster shack.