Brisbane couples, Tina & Jason, Cathy & Steve, and Peter & Carmel, had a great day out with Tasmania i-Drive, exploring Bruny Island. The day before the friends had spent a harrowing time driving back from Lake St Clair through black ice and snow drifts, and were ready to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving!
We had a late start to the day catching the 11:30am ferry across to Bruny Island. Our first stop was the Get Shucked Oyster Farm followed by Bruny Island Cheese + Beer Co. A little further down the road we called into Bruny Island honey for the gang to try our unique leatherwood honey – yum! Our next stop was a bit of exercise, though, with the wind howling, some chose to stay with the vehicle. The view from the top of the stairs at Truganini Lookout, at The Neck, was worth the effort, though it did feel we were about to lift off with the wind!
We then stopped at Bruny Hotel for a late seafood lunch. Everyone enjoyed their meals and then it was off to Bruny Island Premium Wines to wash down lunch with a glass of award-winning wine. The wineries pinot noir was a favourite on this cold and blustery day. It was now time for a little wildlife spotting. We headed north and took the turn-off to Adventure Bay. We were looking for the famed white wallabies. Alas, we only saw the regular grey specimens of the Bennett’s Wallaby. We made a brief stop at the Captain Cook monument, recognising Cook’s visit to Adventure Bay in 1777.
It was time to head back to the ferry, but not before a last stop on the island, at Bruny Island House of Whisky. This proved to be a popular choice, as can be seen on the happy faces in the photo, with tastings going down a treat. We just scraped onto the 5:00pm ferry back to mainland Tassie and by then it was dark. One last stop to take in the lights of Hobart at the Mt Nelson Signal Station before being dropped off back at home base in Battery Point.