Bruny Island

Today was one of the day trips I was most excited for – a wildlife cruise around Bruny Island in Tasmania.  I booked with Pennicott Tours, which is the number 1 rated tour operator here.  It was going to be a great day!

The bus left around 8am from the waterfront in Hobart, and off we went.  We drove to Kettering, and then got on a 15 minute ferry which would bring us to Bruny Island.  We were able to go on the upper level of the ferry and appreciate the view, which was amazing.

There happened to be an empty parking stop at The Neck, which is the most photographed site in Tasmania! It’s a small bit of land connecting north and south Bruny Island.  Of course we had to climb about 300 steps to get the fantastic views, but it was so worth it.

And then we made our way to Adventure Bay for our 3 hour cruise.  We got to get up close and personal with massive limestone and granite cliffs, see sea cliffs and blowholes, and sail on the Indian Ocean.

Wildlife wise, we got to see (and smell and hear) seals hanging out, and we even saw some albatross flying around. This boat was much less crowded than the one in Dunedin, making the view even more spectacular.

It was actually Australia Day today, so when we arrived back in Hobart this evening I wandered around to see what celebrations were happening.  The only thing I could find was a concert in a town park, but that was packed, so I believe it was the only Australia Day related event in the city.

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