The day started at 5.30 am with tea and toast before heading out to meet our bus for the trip to Bruny Island. This was to be a day of firsts for me. Our bus arrived at reception at 6.30am, our bus driver and tour guide for the day was a lovely young man named Callum, from Bruny Island Safaris. http://www.brunyislandsafaris.com/index.html
We headed off on our rounds to pick up our travel companions for the day, only to discover the couple seated behind us were from Toongabbie in Sydney, just a short distance from where we live. Half way around the country to meet the neighbours. :-)
With our bus now loaded with excited passengers full of anticipation for the day, we headed to Kettering to meet the Ferry to Bruny Island. Callum stopped along the way to pick up some lovely fresh Tasmanian apples. They were so sweet and crunchy. We boarded the Ferry and hopped out of the bus to discover it was quite cool and after a brief look around we headed back to the bus to wait to arrive at Bruny Island, so glad we did as some others got caught in a white wash and well, their day would have been wet and cold.
Having arrived on Bruny Island we toured around looking at some of the magnificent scenery, with a running commentary from Callum as we headed to the Bruny Island cheese factory for some cheese tasting. All the cheese and the ingredients to make theses yummy morsels are from Bruny Island, the milk that goes into the cheese come from Bruny Island cows etc. Needless to say after some tastings we purchased lovely soft cheese to bring home as well as some Bruny Island chutney to go with it, and some lovely Manuka honey, which will hopefully stay unopened until we get back to Sydney.
From there we headed to Adventure Bay stopping twice along the way, first at Bruny Island Neck Game reserve also known as the Isthmus, to a look out called Truganini Lookout. Trugananini was the last full blood aboriginal woman on Bruny Island. We climbed the lookout I only made it half way stopping to take pictures and admire the scenery, but Neil proceeded to the top to take a photograph of the Isthmus. I am so glad he did, it was the only way I would get to see it.
From there we headed to a small cafe close to Adventure Bay and stopped for coffee, before loading back onto the bus to further our journey and see more of the beautiful island. Callum took us to a place known as being a ‘hang out’ for white wallabies we were not disappointed. This was a treat to me as not only had I never seen white wallabies before this was special as they were not only white, but they were wild.
From there we headed to the very Southern Point of South Bruny Island, where we did the Lighthouse tour, another steep walk, just to get to the Lighthouse, but once again well worth it.
We went from there to the Bruny Hotel for cider tasting and seafood lunch. Once again all ingredients were caught or grown on Bruny Island, the cider was like none I had even had before, we purchased the cherry cider. http://www.pagancider.com.au/ It was nice to sit and chat with the other people from the tour group and hear everyone’s stories about their travels in Tasmania, where they had been and where they were going too. After a relaxing lunch and much chatter we collected our cider went back to the bus. On our way back to the ferry we stopped at the Oyster Farm Outlet to pick up some fresh oysters to consume on the Ferry on the way back to the main Island.
I had never had oysters before let along natural ones. I was conflicted as to whether I should try them or not, but as they hadn’t cost me anything extra and were guaranteed fresh I thought well, lets give it ago. I took my oyster and stood close to the edge of the Ferry in case I needed to throw up. The oyster was much nicer than I had anticipated so I went back for a second and even a third, but that was enough, I think it is the lemon juice that makes them palatable. I most
certainly will be trying oysters again.
From there we all headed back to our various drop off points saying fond farewells and happy travels to our travel companions. The trip was lovely, friendly and relaxing with some new exciting things for me, white wallabies and oysters. Not to mention the place we are staying at is inundated with black cockatoos, I have only ever seen these beautiful creatures in a zoo before today. When I get some decent photos of the beautiful creatures I shall be sure to post. :-)
After arriving back at our accommodation we took a walk along the beach, we had the sun behind us and the moon in front of us. It was a great day, one I will not forget in a hurry.
This was my first ever bus tour and won’t be my last. :-)