Monday, January 31, 2011


Tasmania is Australia's only Island state & it is stunningly beautiful. A little less commonly known Australian Island is the stunning & surprisingly vast Bruny Island, which is situated off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. Bruny Island is 362 km2 (139.8 sq mi) in land mass & is home to approximately six hundred residents. Although in tourist season the island swells with people.

Much of the Island remains an untouched wonderland of native plants, blue seas & sky. The air is clean & the feeling of escape from the city when you board the Bruny Island ferry is matchless.

South Bruny national park is a key feature in the epic landscape of Bruny Island & is a true asset to Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife.

Geologically Bruny Island is comprised of two islands - North Bruny Island & South Bruny Island - these two Islands are irrevocably joined by a long sandy isthmus of land, like a sandy bridge between the two Islands.

Bruny Island also has a traditional Aboriginal name which is Alonnah Lunawanna. Two hamlets on the Island have taken these names. The township of Alonnah is situated on South Bruny Island & overlooks satellite Island. There is also a township named Lunawanna which is also situated on South Bruny Island.

No matter how much you read about Bruny Island, no matter how many panoramic photographs you see, nothing can quite prepare you for the real place, the sights, sounds & smells.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


This stunning rock formation stands like a statue in the coastal waters of South Bruny Island.

Australian fur seals regularly congregate on this craggy rock which juts out into the cool waters of the south Bruny Island coastline in Tasmania. The fur seals almost blend into the rock as if they were one with it.

There are several ecologically friendly boat charters that will take visitors to Bruny Island, on a voyage of true beauty to see the many coastal wonders of Bruny Island.

Bruny Island is a true jewel in the Australian state of Tasmania. There is so much too see on the Island & on her coastline.

As you are cruising through Bruny waters you will most likely spot a dolphin or three if you can take your eyes off of the more imposing scenery.

When the conditions are right sea water comes spraying through this natural blow hole carved by nature into the rock face.

Someone was so into the scenery here that they failed to notice their finger was on the lens! Good scenery will do that every time.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Dolphins are a familiar site on Bruny Island. Dolphin & whale pods often cause excitement in Adventure Bay. When dolphins or whales are seen in the Bay word seems to spread by osmosis & quick as a whip people are peeping over the sand dunes with binoculars.

There are plenty of great opportunities for boating & yachting on Bruny Island & friendly dolphins often swim alongside the boats.

Oceanic Dolphins are highly intelligent mammals & members of the Delphinidae family. Dolphins are closely related to whales & porpoises.

Dolphins have a simple palate with their preferred dinner menu consisting of fish & squid.

The Delphinidae family which includes oceanic dolphins is a relatively new species in the scheme of the world, having evolved around ten million years ago.

Dolphins are happy in shallow water & generally feel at ease with other humans & animals.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bruny Island in Blue

View from the dock at Roberts Point Bruny Island Tasmania in sunny Australia.

A blue day never felt so good. View from Simpsons Bay Bruny Island.

A beautiful blue artichoke flower, found growing wild in a paddock on Bruny Island.

The blue Tasmanian waters really sparkle on a summers day at Roberts point at the Bruny Island ferry terminal. This wooden barrier is part of the ferry docking station.

Stunning cloud formations over Simpsons Bay & Cape Queen Elizabeth Bruny Island.

Beautiful fresh grown Bruny Island blue berries. There is a great berry farm on Bruny where you can buy juicy berries of all different varieties & they make their own stunning berry ice cream.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Offerings of the Ocean

This seahorse was found washed up on the beach in Adventure Bay on South Bruny Island.

This net holds the plenty of the sea surrounding Bruny Island. These scallops were harvested by an amateur fisherman in the waters near Alonnah beach. These scallops are from fresh clean waters & taste sweet & fresh.

These fresh Bruny Island oysters are freshly shucked & full of the flavour of the sea.

These Bruny Island Mussels cling to rocks & can be collected at low tide.
Bruny Island Kelp can be collected & used on the garden as a mulch. Kelp is full of nutrients & is an ingredient in Seasol.
Kelp is fast growing & grows as fast as half a metre a day. Kelp makes it's home in Kelp forests in shallow nutrient rich water.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Bruny Island Tasmania has a very European climate. The plants that grow best here are a mix of native & classic English plants.

Native man ferns grow strong & green alongside nasturtiums & lavender & Daisy's.
Roses grow well in the Tasmanian climate.
This rustic country garden on Bruny Island Tasmania utilizes driftwood & ghost gum logs alongside local quarried rock. Graceful native grasses run riot alongside sunset orange nasturtiums.

No country garden would be complete without a sturdy tin watering can.

Hidden in the back of an old shed is a straw broom.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Budding purple pears in early summer. Growing in a hundred year old orchard on Bruny Island in Tasmania.Bruny Island pear & vanilla butter is made from these pears each year when they ripen.
Tasmanian produce is known for its freshness & flavour, due to the exceptionally clean air in this part of the world.
Bruny Island pear & vanilla butter has a runny consistency quite similar to brandy butter. It can be used as a sauce for ice cream, scones or even as a spread on beautiful bruny homemade bread as a substitute for bread & honey.
Pear & Vanilla butter is really tasty as an Asian style cooking sauce. It is sweet & flavourful & can be used in stir fry. If you add a squeeze of lemon or lime it makes a nice sweet & sour sauce. Due to the strength of it's flavour you only need use a very small amount. It is great with chili, rice & chicken.
You can also serve Bruny pear butter on the side as a dipping sauce.
These beautiful nasturtiums are an edible flower & great for decorating stir fry or salad. They have a slightly peppery flavour.

Bruny Island Poem

Passing down gently winding roads.

The tracks of Bruny Island.

Passing by an ancient windmill.

A gnarled eucalyptus tree.

An Island of rustic beauty.

Anchored in the Southern Ocean.
The Island life for me.