Getting up close and personal with a few thousand fur seals, Dolphins and albatross
02.02.2016 - 02.02.2016 28 °C
Before arriving in Tasmania we had already booked on a boat trip with Pennicott Wildreness Journeys Around Bruny Island. The tour group has won several awards for being sustainable and had amazing reviews and we can see why.
The bus picked us up in Kettering, a short drive from Hobart and then this took us on the ferry across to Bruny and all the way to Adventure Bay. The views from the ferry and in the bus down the length of Bruny were stunning and our guide was full of information about the island and its produce.
We even had time to stop off at a tiny Bruny Island chocolate and fudge shop for a bit of chocolate shopping and taste testing. The island is renowned for its produce, chocolate, whiskey and sustainable farming practices, as well as its salmon and seafood.
Upon arrival in Adventure Bay we had morning tea and a blueberry muffin and was briefed by the team who all seemed happy and enthusiastic. Adventure Bay is a little slice of paradise. It has a pure white sandy beach and the sea was aqua blue and so clear and flat. It is only a tiny hamlet but it is the biggest settlement on the island. Only around 700 people live on the island in total.
After our briefing we set off on one of the boats and were told anyone who wasn't good on boats should sit at the back so off to the back we went as we have both felt sea sick occasionally in the past. The boat was super speedy and people at the front had to wear a seat belt. We zoomed around the coast admiring the amazing views of the land, sea and cliffs.
Our guide explained some of the landscape and its importance to the original aboriginal people who used to live here.
Bruny has some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia and they have a distinct columned pattern. They are beautiful and awe inspiringly high and we stopped in places so we could get a closer look and stare vertically up at them up close.
At one point on the rugged coastline the Rock has eroded and formed a huge pillar separated from the mainland jutting out of the ocean and the little boat sped through the gap.
Our guide's were really interesting and informative and they explained the importance of the ecosystem in Bruny and the importance of the health of our oceans, which we loved. He showed us the vast sea kelp forests you could see beneath the surface of the ocean. The huge kelp plants are the giant trees of the ocean and determine how healthy it is.
This type of kelp is endangered as it can only grown in clean waters which is why it is abundant on Bruny and around Tasmania, because the land and its seas are very unspoilt. Some of the land on Bruny is snowy white, totally scorched from a huge Forrest fire which carried itself over the sea from mainland Tasmania.
After admiring the landscape and ocean it was now time to watch in wonder at the wildlife. Bruny Island is inhabited by a huge group of male fur seals and as we sped around the coastline we spotted them lazing on the rocks.
There was hundreds and hundreds of them, some sleeping grumpily, others trying to scratch there huge bodies with there small fins and lots of them were fighting amongst each other. They did not seem to even notice our presence and we were so close we could smell them.
Lots of them were darting in the water around us and popping up to say hello.
It was beautiful to see so many in the wild and a first for us. We absolutely loved every minute and the boat stayed so we could watch them for a while.
After we had took at least a thousand photos each we then set off for another cruise around the coast and as the sea was so calm we got the rare treat of driving into a cave as well as being able to go right out to the Southern Ocean. Here there was nothing between us and Antarctica! We then headed back but instead of hugging to coast we went out to sea to spot more wildlife. It wasn't long before we saw a pair of albatross, another first for us and the boast followed them soaring through the air.
In the distance we could see that one of the other boats had stopped to look at something so we went over to investigate. It was a huge pod of dolphins that were having so much fun playing in and around our boat, diving through the waves and playing alongside the front and sides of the boat. It was gorgeous and a perfect end to the trip.
Back on dry land we ate our packed lunch and had a little picnic on the beach and no one was around as everyone had opted for a cooked lunch at the tour shop. It was beautiful and peaceful and we had a paddle in the sea in the beautiful sunshine.
After a drive to the ferry terminal and another short ferry ride across the mainland Tasmania it was late afternoon and we decided to finish the days sightseeing with a drive up Mount Wellington on the way back into the city.
You can drive all the way to the top and it doesn't take very long. At the top there is a viewing deck and a boardwalk and the views of Hobart and the surrounding city are absolutely amazing! You can see for miles, it is totally stunning. It was a perfect way to end a beautiful day.