Monday, February 28, 2011

Some of the Animals that live on Bruny Island

This Kangaroo was photographed in a field by the side of the road.
                          Bird life flourishes on Bruny Island.
This very friendly raven was photographed sitting on the banister outside a coffee shop in Adventure Bay, Bruny Island.
        Stunning eagle soaring above Bruny Island, Tasmania.

This slow & friendly lizard was photographed in my mothers driveway in Simpsons Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania. 
 This white wallaby was snapped munching on some grass in cookville, Bruny Island.
Everybody seems to find echidnas irresistibly cute, spikes & all.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Merry Kookaburra

Kookaburra 
Kookaburras are territorial in their nature, which could explain why this same Kookaburra keeps flying into our orchard & sitting sentinel on a colonial wooden post.
 Our orchard in Simpsons Bay on Bruny Island, attracts a lot of native birds.
 Bruny Island is extremely well known by bird watchers as a perfect location to pop out the binoculars & bring out the pocket book of bird life. 
 The coast, bush and open pastures of South Bruny Island National Park, are filled with bird life
 Over 120 species of native bird have been recorded on Bruny Island. Below is listed a small cross section of birds that live on Bruny Island: The tawny-crowned honeyeater, Australasian gannet and ground parrot.
Wedge Tailed Eagle - regularly patrols the forests behind Adventure Bay and nests on Mt Cook overlooking Adventure Bay; 
• White Bellied Sea Eagle - regularly seen above the estuary and forests behind the Bay;
• Grey Goshawk (white morph) - nests and feeds in forests more than 50 years old and is regularly seen in forests behind the Bay;
• Swift Parrot - nests and feeds throughout the lower slopes of the forests behind Adventure Bay.

 There are a lot of birds living in the national park at cloudy bay. Sometimes birds can be seen in the sand dunes behind Cloudy Bay Beach. 
 If you are a keen bushwalker & enjoy a little hiking then you might enjoy the East Cloudy Head walk, check the link for more details http://www.brunyisland.net/Walks/cloudybay.html

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bruny Island History


Bruny Island was first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1642. Bruny Island takes its name from Rear Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux who dropped anchor off the coast of Bruny Island in 1792-93. Bruny Island is of national significance in the European exploration of the southern seas. Captains Furneaux, Flinders, Cook and Bligh all anchored in Bruny Island's Adventure Bay which takes its name from Furneaux's ship. 


The Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration at Adventure Bay http://www.brunyisland.net.au/Adventure_Bay/blighmuseum.html and the Alonnah History Rooms are open to the public daily http://www.brunyisland.net.au/Alonnah/historyroom.html .




Take a walk out to Variety Bay on open days or follow the walking track to Grassy Point to see the site of one of Bruny Island's ex whaling stations and find out about the whaling history from the information boards along the way http://www.brunyisland.net.au/Walks/brunywalks.html.


For more information about Bruny Island http://brunyisland.net.au/


Historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Check out this link for more information about the Cape Bruny Light station http://www.brunyisland.net.au/Cape_Bruny/Lightstation/lighthouse.html

View from the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse lamp

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The variety of Bruny Island

     From sunrise to sunset Bruny Island has so much to see & do.
Bruny Island offers relaxation & enervation. Bruny Island is a great place for strolls on the beach, bush walking, swimming, boating & fishing. 

 The Island is large & sparsely populated in many areas, which means there is always a quiet place to retreat to if you need some time out. There are however all the amenities a person could need such as a general store, pub & restaurants.
 The Island has beautiful national park areas for sightseeing, camping & bush walking.
Many of the beaches are suitable for surfing & the water is amazingly clean & crisp.
 All the housing on the Island runs on rainwater or bore water & many locals live an Eco-friendly lifestyle. As far as an Eco-friendly Tasmanian holiday goes I think Bruny Island is one of the best places you could possibly visit.
Eco Tourism is a big part of the Bruny Island economy. There is a lot of Eco-friendly accommodation available on the Island. There are also Eco cruises & penguin watching tours. The Island is also a popular spot for bird watching. If you fancy a luxury Eco holiday find out more at http://brunyisland.net.au/ or phone 1300 889 557 toll free

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Bligh Museum

The Bligh Museum is situated in Adventure Bay on South Bruny Island.The Bligh Museum was constructed in 1954. The foundation stone was laid on the 9th of September in commemoration of the 200-year anniversary of Vice Admiral William Bligh.
Portrait of Captain Bligh. The convict-crafted bricks from which the building is built were made in 1846 at Variety Bay on North Bruny Island. Later twenty-six thousand of these bricks were transported from North Bruny Island, making the journey across the Isthmus (Neck) & through the winding Adventure Bay Rd to their destination at the Museum site. The Bligh Museum houses a variety of interesting & quirky exhibits from Bruny Island, Tasmania & Polynesia. Polynesian & Australian war weapons in the Bligh Museum.
For a small museum the Bligh offers a lot to look at. The Museum houses memorabilia for Captain Bligh & Captain Cooke enthusiasts, as well as a liberal smattering of interesting paintings & artifacts, which hold a more general appeal. Vintage ship in a bottle at the Bligh Museum