January 21, 2016
A day trip to Bruny Island today. Another place I had good memories about. We got the ferry from Kettering and were keen to drive as much of the island as possible. We were surprised to find that much of the road in the southern parts of the island was still unpaved. This made for relatively slow progress. The island is much larger than I remembered. It is a real mix of very small settlements, farmland and nature reserves. And surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of coastal waterways. A fishers dream.
We loved the southern part of the island so much we had thoughts of staying overnight. We were in the camping area in South Bruny National Park. Fantastic spot right by Jetty Beach, when a largish Tiger snake crossed our path. That made up my mind. Especially since we had seen another Tiger snake just by the road only an hour earlier. Shame it really looked like another slice of paradise. Crystal clear blue water, bushland camping and very few people when we were there.
Leaving the island late afternoon we made it to Cygnet, where we had trouble getting accommodation. Took us a little while to work out why. We ended up staying at the Cygnet Commercial Hotel – lovely old pub with an amazing upstairs dining room. Sadly not used for dining anymore. And I forgot to take a photo.