A wet and wildlife ride
Bruny Island Travel Blog› entry 2 of 10 › view all entries
For today, I booked a boat tour down to Bruny Island just south of Hobart. We had to be at the pier to meet the boat to take us to the island by 8am. Before boarding the boat our guide for the day, Sam fit us in a jacket he said we would need later in the day. The boat that took us to the island was a big beautiful luxury catamaran, Peppermint Bay II, which dad and I explored from top to bottom. The main deck, with the majority of the seating is a closed in area with floor to ceiling viewing windows, a snack bar and a little deck out the front. The next level up is the captain’s deck, there are about a dozen seats in this section, other tours have different seating options, but on our trip out to the island, we had the run of the boat. Another level up from the Captains Deck is an open-air viewing deck with 360-degree views; this was the perfect spot to enjoy the views of the stunning Tasmanian coast and Bruny Island as we cruised into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Once on the island we bussed it to the other side of the island where another boat - a faster smaller state-of-the-art boat was waiting for us in Adventure Bay, we met the captain, chose our seats and jetted off to the very southern end of Bruny Island where a colony of seals reside. On the way down the coast, we hugged the coastline and experienced some wonderful sights. We saw white-bellied sea eagles, cormorants and many other birds; we cruised along soaring cliffs, saw dramatic rock formations rising from the sea and the evidence of the power of the ocean and how over the years the water has eroded the rocks carving great holes and caves in the rock walls.
We crossed the imaginary line between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Ocean and that’s when things got a little choppy.
They stunk to high heaven, but they were lots of fun to watch. They sat up on the rocks like majestic kings, then plunged into the water and rolled, splashed and played, flapping their flippers at us as if to say “hi”.
After some time we headed back north, but this time took a wider route back. From the wider viewpoint, we could see the majestic cliffs from afar, as opposed to from below. They are just as stunning from a further distance. At one stage our gorgeous guide, Sam said he could see a pod of dolphins in the distance, so the pilot put his foot down (or throttle) and we hightailed it to where the dolphins were feeding. They ignored us for a while because they were feeding, but after their meal, they were in the mood for play. I don’t know how many there were all together but too many to count, and the people on both sides of the boat had plenty of opportunity to see these amazing creatures and take photos.
After some time it was as if everyone including the dolphins knew it was time for us to leave, even before Sam said the words. Most of the dolphins swam off to frolic elsewhere, but one or two stayed behind. One particularly cheeky dolphin jumped out of the water right in front of me, did a spin in the air and landed back in the water splashing me with a bucket load of water, I laughed my head off and the woman standing next to me, who barely got a drop on her, laughed her head off too. I managed to get a photo of the water just after the dolphin disappeared back under it and just before the water hit me. Lucky for me, I was standing near the front of the boat where there was a plastic covered part. I had just moved my hand holding the camera behind the plastic when the water hit. Then the dolphin came back, I said to him, "Thanks for that you cheeky thing", all the while grinning from ear to ear, then this cheeky dolphin jumped out of the water again, I managed to get the perfect shot of him (or her) mid air and mid twist, and yes, you guessed it, he splashed me again. :D Once again, I managed to move my camera behind the plastic, so the photo is safe. :) I couldn’t believe the cheek of this dolphin, but I love it. After my second shower, Sam came over and said we would be leaving now and to take our seats, I looked around at my seat and saw it covered in water, “Mine’s all wet!” I said, and thanked Sam for the wonderful warm, long, waterproof jacket he gave me at the beginning of our tour.
We had a fun ride back to the bus in Adventure Bay, once we got to smooth water the full power of the boat was shown to us and we went zooming back into the bay at top speed with all passengers yelling “Faster, faster, faster.” Our obliging pilot did not let us down and it was one of the highlights of the trip.
The bus ride back to Peppermint Bay II took approximately 30 minutes and once back on the bigger boat we found our allocated seats, enjoyed our (price included) lunch platter with beautiful fresh Tasmanian produce including oysters, smoked salmon and other delicacies and a glass of local wine before disembarking at Peppermint Bay shore excursion for an hour. At Peppermint Bay is a restaurant and bar with magnificent views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island. Dad and I spent the hour exploring the grounds, the herb garden, sculptures and tanks full of fish and lobsters (mmmm dinner :)). We chatted to one of my work colleagues who was also on the trip with her husband, and then it was time to reboard the boat for our cruise back to Hobart. We headed into the wind on the way home and the ride was a little rougher than the way out, but not too rough. It was a tad too windy to step out onto the deck, but I gave it a go and the wind nearly blew me away. I stepped back inside the boat with a nice new hairdo.
When dad and I arrived back at Hobart docks we walked over to Muirs seafood restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic meal last year. Dad wanted to eat here again so we made a booking for dinner a little later and then headed home to change and reflect on our day.
Dinner at Muirs was as fantastic as last year. We both enjoyed a half a crayfish each for our main and this time for my entree I had the Smoked Trout Salad and dad couldn’t go past his half a dozen oyster. This time he tried the ones lemon cream; it was all washed down by a delicious bottle of Bay of Fires Pinot Gris, a local Tasmanian wine.
After dinner we took another walk around the docks, we headed home for a well-earned sleep to recuperate for our big day tomorrow. We are driving up to Launceston where there are more adventures awaiting us.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my day as much as I enjoyed living it; after all, it’s not every day a wild creature comes along to make your day.