Georgia is a writer and researcher living in Hobart, with her violinmaking husband, 3 children and a scruffy dog. A seventh generation Tasmanian on her father’s side, you don’t have to ask Georgia twice to talk about the treasures of her island home.
An ancient site of indigenous culture and spectacular natural beauty: that world’s end, gothic beauty that is one of Tasmania’s glories. I know its magic there because my 13-year-old son can spend three days on Bruny, completely disconnected from the internet, and request a commitment to return on the ferry home. It is a day trip or a weekend journey where you can truly escape.
Leaving Hobart, the family packed in the car; we drive 36 minutes, past romantically named tiny towns like Snug, Electrona and Oyster Cove to Kettering to catch the ferry. The pretty coastal town of Kettering on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with its view to Bruny and marina full of wooden boats is a sight to be seen. The Bruny Island Ferry departs Kettering about every half an hour. And there is something about driving your car onto it feels like stepping back into history.
On disembarking the ferry follow the stunning seaside road south, down the neck to Adventure Bay. The Penguin and Pandalote Café offers a warm welcome, crepes and great coffee to set you up for the island tour. Adventure Bay beach is just across the road for a wander or a brave man’s dip - beware the Antarctic chill! The Grass Point is an easy bush walk through stringybarks and blackwoods with glimpses of crystal waters emerging at a stunning rocky point with ocean and island views.
Cloudy Bay is the next stop. A deeply dramatic surf beach that offers a great easy walk across the rocks around the coast. My husband, the luthier, has a deep connection to this place and reminisces about his student days camping in his station wagon and spending long glory days in that water. The kids spotted a wombat at the side of the track and watched mesmerised by its sweet, bumbling path through the undergrowth.
From there, we travel further South through forests soaking up the dramatic views of volcanic rocks and empty beaches to the Bruny Island Lighthouse. The young swarthy French tourists have set up a camp table, next to their Kombi van in front of the lighthouse keepers cottage. We wander the tracks at the cliff top around the lighthouse. The grassy hilltop drops away towards stunning beaches and the sea below draw you're eyes out to the horizon, sure you can glimpse Antarctica.
Bruny Island Premium Wine is the must stop for lunch on the Island. Sit with a view to the vineyard and enjoy the tasty produce: oysters, lamb, beef, salmon all from with miles of the kitchen. Accompany this with a cold climate clean and crisp Fume Blanc. Their cheesecake with the most delicious tart homemade raspberry ice cream is one of the best I have ever eaten. Happy Days! Luxury accommodation is available nearby in an orcharder’s cottage on 240 acres of private land at Cheverton Point. This stunning sport is perfect for couples or a small family.
Renowned for world class wines, pristine coastlines, exhilarating hikes and gourmet food, the Margaret River Region should sit proudly atop your bucket list.