Sunday 26 November - Bronte Park
to Alonnah, Bruny Island
Pictured be low we say farewell to our 'rustic'
accommodation last night at the 'Bronte Park Lodge'.
Which was in fact the local pub.
No bones about
today it was straight down to Bruny Island via
Tarraleah Power Station, by passing Russell Falls
because the trip was long enough as it was. A
short stop in Ouse and New Norfolk - a lot of nice
old buildings in New Norfolk and somewhere around
there there must have been a vintage car event
happening because we saw a lot of them - even a
couple of EH Holdens (Den's first car). Then
onwards straight through Hobart because there really
wasn't any way around that and to the ferry that
will take us to Bruny Island.
Pictured below is the view from our
window. Move along... nothing to see here!
The Pub to the left and the 'Lodge' to the
right. The balcony area is one of the dining
rooms. The rooms at the far right.
Tarraleah Power Station.
Loading the ferry at Kettering to Bruny Island.
Off we go at the other end. Welcome to Bruny
Through what is called "The Neck". Pretty
miserable weather at the moment but kinda peaceful
compared to the heat we have been experiencing lately.
Our lunch stop, the Bruny Cafe - The only place on the
island apparently that you can get
breakfast. Lovely view.
Passing a building that looks very much like an old
We have arrived at our accommodation (Pictured
below). It is in Lunawanna. We had to
check in at Hotel Bruny which was 9 minutes from
our accommodation. After last night we were wondering
what to expect. However this was like a home
away from home. Two bedrooms, kitchen, dining
area and family room and of course your normal
bathroom facilities. Very comfortable, very
modern. A back yard area and a terrific view of
Taking the opportunity to make the most of the day we
continued on to Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The
scenery was wonderful despite the over cast and wet
These photos were taken on the way to the light house.
The road to our accommodation which is actually on
Following are some of the marvelous views at the
It would have been even more amazing to look at if the
sun was out.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse. You could say a sister
light house of Table Cape Lighthouse near Wynyard.
A panorama from the front door of the light house.
We went back to Hotel Bruny to have dinner (very
generous and tasty portions) and on the way back to
our accommodation we captured this lovely sunset.
We also captured some pictures of local wild
life. Of course it was now dusk and we had to be
careful driving along not to run over any of these
Peek-a-boo! I think if he thought he played
statues that we wouldn't see him/or her.
What a great day. Tomorrow we explore more of
Bruny Island before heading back to the mainland and
on to Southport.
Monday 27 November - Alonnah,
Bruny Island to Southport
Still pouring with rain as we wake
up. Animals hiding. Maybe some more tonight in
the Southport wilderness.
We say good bye to our surprise
wonderful two bedroom apartment on Bruny
Schedule for today....
1. See Adventure Bay - the heart of Bruny Island
2. Take the Grassie Point walk through the national
park - (1 hour )
3. Take the Truganini Lookout walk at the island's
4. Ride the ferry back to the mainland
5. Drive to Southport
Adventure Bay was on the agenda
this morning and the scenery along here never
disappoints. Here we are at Coal Bay look out.
Adventure Bay is probably as big
as it gets on Bruny Island, a general store,
some houses and a lot in between.
Our Grassie Point walk starts at
the beach (just where the beach curves in the
picture below). Some parts of the path were a
bit sloppy due to all the rain we have had overnight
but we pushed on regardless. Lots of bush and long
grassy tufts along the way as the path followed the
shoreline all the way to the point way past the end
of the peninsula seen in the photo below.
Ahhh a sign we are on the right
Part of the track ... it deteriorated
considerably from time to time. It is supposed
to be an hour walk in total about 45 minutes each
way for us. Well for one we don't like to rush
and we like to stop along the way and admire the
scenery. (See it, feel it, smell it.)
Three quarters there an this is a
bit of a surprise. Others have left their mark
here over the past few centuries....LOL
At last, Grassie Point. One
of the views. Yes, this is the point.
The land up close jutting out on the right of
picture is Penguin Island (deceptive picture).
Moving right along and a bit weary
from our morning walk we headed off to 'The Neck'.
Will climbed the 28,000 steps (only a slight
exaggeration - at least 300 gentle steps) to the top
of Truganini Lookout. Ta-da!!! The
view of the neck from the top, phew!.
A bit pressed for time we had a ferry
to catch back to the mainland. If we missed it
then we would have a 90 minute wait. And we made it
just in time, phew! He she comes now.
A pretty, windy and wet, couple of
hours later, we arrived in a secluded wilderness
spot of Southport.
Get a load of this for our final
two nights in Tasmania. Surrounded in bush
land our little house has two bedrooms (one for luggage,
one for sleeping or one for Den and one for
Dave!) A combined bathroom/laundry and a
kitchen and family room area. This is what
downsizing is all about. "Can I keep it?" said
... and from the outside.... this
is wilderness. Mmmmm we could get used to this
Dinner at the local pub.
Errrrr... better qualify that.... dinner at the
local hotel come tavern come restaurant come caravan
park come petrol station AND general store combined.
This was Southport.
Here are some neighbourly friends
back at the accommodation. Heaps of Pademelons
We just watched out our huge picture
window. Best entertainment in Southport.
No TV reception here. Mmm that would take getting
Tomorrow we ride the Ida Bay
railway and visit the Hastings Caves and Thermal