Wednesday, 18 February 2015

2015 Tassie Trip - Day 8

Bruny Island
  180km
 

I had a solid six hours sleep last night. Once I went to bed I didn't stir till my alarm woke me at 0630, my body was saying what are you doing to me. I really didn't want to get up but Bruny Island awaited. I walked down to the wharf where I was to catch the bus for my tour which was the Bruny Island Traveller run by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

 It was shaping up to be a beautiful day.

I was soon on the bus with 10 others as we set out for our new adventure which was being led by Hamish. We drove from Hobart down to Kettering to catch the ferry across to Bruny.

Waiting to board the ferry.


We were soon on our way across the water. It is not a very long trip.



Our first stop was the Bruny Island Cheese Company, where we tasted four different cheeses. I really liked the Raw Milk C2.




Our next stop was Get Shucked, where we got to sample delicious oysters. We were allowed six oysters each, but the others didn't seem to be eating many, I think I ate nearly a dozen.





We then went for a drive to see if we could see any white Wallabies. The views were fantastic and we did see one white Wallaby and were able to get fairly close to it.





Our next stop was the Bruny Island Berry Farm for our morning tea, I had berries and cream as this was the only gluten free option, it was delicious. After morning tea we went for a walk down to the beach which was across the road from the berry farm. It was beautiful on the beach, the water is so clear.







Then onto Bruny Island Premium Wines for lunch. We were given six wines to taste and then we could pick one to have with our lunch. I was having salmon for lunch and I chose to have the 2013 Unwooded  Pinot Noir. The salmon was beautiful. I am not a wine drinker but I enjoyed all of the six wines we were given.

 



A very nice group of people to spend the day with.

Next we were off to have dessert at Bruny Island Providore (HIBA Fudge) we got a chance to walk around the private gardens of the owners home and then we got to taste three fudge flavours.

Spectacular gardens and view.



MMMM fudge.


Then it was off to The Neck to attempt the 256 stairs to the look out, a chance to work off some of our indulgences today. I managed to make it to the top but my legs and lungs were not at all happy. The view from the top was spectacular well worth the effort and pain.









One last stop before heading home was to the Bruny Island House of Whisky and that was to taste some Whisky. I tasted two Whiskys here, that means I have tasted 14 local Whiskys/Liqueurs (make that 13 as one was rum). As part of the tour we tried their Whisky called Trappers Hut. I also had a try of the Sullivans Cove French Oak Port Cask 47.5%  which won The World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards 2014.

 




The World's Best Single Malt Whisky
I had an awesome day and would certainly recommend this tour and Bruny Island to anyone visiting Tasmania.

I now have to pack up all the stuff I have managed to spread around my hotel room over the last five days as I am leaving Hobart tomorrow.