Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island

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Our next stop after exploring Hobart was Bruny Island.  We were all looking really forward to this.  Before staying in Snug we had spent a couple of nights in Triabunna with the intention of visiting Maria Island.  (Which is pronounced muh-RYE-uh.  Because we are in Australia and they like to do their own thing when it comes to pronunciation.)  When we got there we decided it was just not in our budget, it cost too much for a day-trip for our whole family and we wouldn’t be able to camp there.  So we promised the kids we’d go to Bruny Island instead.  Exciting, because we could take the van across and camp there for a couple of nights.  The ferry leaves from Kettering, which I can’t get to show on this map but if you zoom in a little you’ll see it.  It was a short drive from Snug.  See the Tasman Peninsula off to the east?   On the way to the ferry I snapped this roadsign for a black swan.  :)  It’s blurry but it counts. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? We had a short wait for the ferry.  There’s a small cafe and toilets, a place to get in out of the cold. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? There’s two ships that ferry vehicles back and forth.  We had the Mirambeena that morning. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Actually, I think it was midday.  We were one of a handful of vehicles towing something.  After they loaded the upper deck we were first in line. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? We got to pull right up to the front, right against that gate at the front of the ship. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? A lovely day for a ferry ride!  Okay, in reality it was cold.  But we still enjoyed it very much. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Well, most of us enjoyed it.  TurboBug was so determined he needed to get over to the other side of that gate.  We eventually had to get back in the car because he was not content to observe the view from my arms. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? When we approached the island they lifted the ramp to offload the top deck first. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? See the car driving off, right above us? Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Then it was our turn.  Down came the ramp. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Look!  We’re on Bruny Island! Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? We headed down the road, south, toward the neck of the island, called…The Neck.  There’s a free camp there that’s perfect. Catching the Ferry to Bruny Island ~ How Many More Minutes? More to come on Bruny Island!

  1. […] flashback from Tasmania last March when we were on Bruny Island.  There’s a map in this post that shows where we were. There are a few berry picking farms in Tasmania, enough that there’s […]

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