What a wonderful day
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My first stop on the island today was the lookout at the neck. Bruny Island Neck is the sandy isthmus where short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins nest that connects north and south Bruny. The ferry terminal is at Roberts Point on the north Island, which has the more benign landscape of the two islands. The south island is slightly larger and more populous than the north and has more for the visitor to enjoy, not that it is crowded; the most people I came across in one place was the neck lookout and I’m sure everyone just did what I did and that is hop off the ferry and stop next at the neck. I met some people from Melbourne and another couple from Europe were there, I had a chat with the people from Melbourne and they had a giggle that I had come so far. :) They asked me where to find the best fishing, but as I am not a fisherperson, I was unable to help. One of the men said that the locals like to keep their fishing spots secret and that they couldn’t get anyone to tell them where to go to find fish. I commented that I don’t think that is necessarily a Tasmanian trait and that I’m sure most fisher people of the world prefer to keep their fishing spots secret. He agreed with me.
It is a long climb up the stairs to the lookout at the top with no platforms to break the journey, so you just have to stop on a stair to catch your breath, but the view no matter where you are is gorgeous. Off to the east are the boardwalks and viewing platforms that snake their way across the dunes for the nightly viewing show that has the penguins coming in from the sea to nest.
After spending some time at the neck, I drove all the way south to Cape Bruny through the gorgeous farmland and some magnificent forest, where the only lighthouse on the island stands in the cold winds coming up from Antarctica. It is a 70-minute drive from Roberts Point along some sealed and some gravel roads to the lighthouse. It was freezing when I got out of my car so I buttoned up my jacket, pulled my hood over my head, and went exploring. There were two lots of people there when I arrived, one lot already up at the lighthouse, which sits on a hill from where the car park is, and the other person in a red jacket was a little further up the path taking some photos of the view. I made my way over towards where I first saw the person in the red jacket and saw that he was taking a photo of some stunning scenery. I stayed there for a little while taking shot after shot and just staring at the beauty before making my way up the paved path to the lighthouse. I passed the other party coming back down and when I got to the top of the path the person in the red jacket was heading back down. He looked very miserable and I hoped it was just because of the weather. I said hi and continued on my way. It was extremely windy up where the lighthouse stood, but the views are dazzling. I could see all the way to mainland Tasmania in one direction and in the other towards New Zealand (I could not see New Zealand) I could see the Friars where I went on the boat trip with dad when he was here to see the seals. It was too far away for me to see the seals, but I knew they were there.
From the lighthouse, I watched as red jacket guy got in his car and drove off, and another party in a people mover arrived and made their way up the path to where I was standing. I went back around to the southward side of the lighthouse to read a sign that has the information about the two little white islands and a few other facts about the lighthouse. As I was standing there, I stepped backwards and bumped into another person. It scared me half to death; I had not heard anyone come up behind me, as the freezing wind howling in from the south was too noisy. There were about half a dozen people milling around the lighthouse now, so I thought it was time for me to leave.
Back down at the car it felt positively warm compared to the temperature up at the lighthouse, and I said as much to the new party of people hopping out of their car about to head up the hill. I also told the guy he would be better off leaving his umbrella-ella-ella yeah yeah behind as is will do him no good in the wind up there unless he wished to impersonate Mary Poppins.
Make sure you stop at the two lookouts on your way to the lighthouse. The signs only show you where they are on the way to the lighthouse and not on the way back and it’s easy to miss them.
At 2:30 I stopped for lunch in a little cafe near Adventure Bay. I was tired by this stage and looking forward to a nice lunch and a bit of a rest. The cafe was bright and welcoming but the prices were high. I sat on the veranda enjoying the view and my carrot and coriander soup and cup of coffee; I had been driving for about an hour since leaving the lighthouse.
When my cappuccino arrived I nearly called the waitress back to ask for some coffee with my froth, there was more froth than coffee and I felt a little let down as I was looking forward to a nice cup of coffee. It was still nice coffee, but just less than I would have liked, it did come with a little Easter egg on the side of the saucer though, so that was a bit of a bonus. :)
The cafe I was in was just across the road from the shore. I could hear the waves crashing and it made me want to find another guesthouse to stay in for the night so I could wake up to that magical sound. Alas, I had to be back at work at 8:30 the next morning so that was not on the cards for today.
My soup was utterly delicious and it recharged my batteries enough to get me back on the road and back to the ferry for my journey home.
I was one of the first cars on to the ferry for the trip back from Bruny; I was on the top level this time and only one car back from the front. I chose not to get out of my car again on this trip, I did have another big car parked very close to my door and would have struggled to get out, but that’s ok.
Something I forgot and that could have had me in a bit of bother was the fact that I didn’t fill up with petrol before leaving the mainland. There are a couple of service stations on the island and there is a reason they are not called petrol stations, they sometime don’t have petrol. I made it though and when I arrived back at my home the indicator light had just come on. It is something to bear in mind though, if you do ever plan a trip to Bruny. Something else to be aware of is to take anything you want with you, food, drink and other essentials. Again, there are a couple of general stores, but they are very general and sometime even run out of bread.
As I rode the ferry back to the mainland the sun was getting ready to sink down behind the hills in the west and seemed to be having one last bust of brightness before it disappeared for another night. I have had a wonderful unplanned two-day getaway and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. This getaway was the balm I needed to get my life back on track.
I am back at home now and the feelings of pleasure I accrued while away are still with me. I came back home with a new lease on life. I am ready to hit the books and get back to my studies but now I can see the road ahead more clearly than before when all I could see was what was right in front of me, a job I don’t like anymore and a course that seems to be taking me forever to get done. I just needed a reminder that I still need to live my life now and that just because I have somewhere I want to be doesn’t mean I should stop enjoying where I am now. I had not allocated myself any time to get out and do the things I like to do, explore the countryside, meet new people and just stop to enjoy a moment for exactly what it is, just a moment. I had focussed all my attention on a point in my future but wondering how I was going to make it all happen. I realise now it will happen no matter how much or how little effort I put into worrying and stressing about it as long as I keep taking steps towards my goal. They don’t have to be giant leaps and bounds, but lots of little steps will still get me there. Thanks for persevering with me and joining me on my little journey, I hope you enjoy the photos I have added to share with you of my little unplanned getaway.