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Bruny Island is an escape from Hobart - just a 40 minute drive to the ferry at Kettering and once arriving "ön-island" the pace of life slows, beautiful scenery abounds and peace and quiet become the norm. @gnu-gnu and @@farin and I spent 3 nights on Bruny in March 2015, we stayed at Inala, a natural paradise owned by the helpful and knowledgeable Dr Tonia Cochrane.


I won't spend a lot of time writing about the island as very little has changed since I posted my longer 2013 report


Highlights of this trip were Inala, a morning cruise to the Friar's Rock Seal Colony with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and a visit to South Bruny NP.


We disembarked at Roberts Point and went in search of the 40 spotted pardalote where I was unsuccessful once again. We drove further north to scenic Barnes Bay before stopping at the pub for lunch. A pair of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos at Great Bay were a good omen for a wonderful weekend.










Inala is located on the southern part of the island - these photos were all taken around the property including the new Gondwana Garden to which overnight guests have free access. Inala farmhouse nestles into the rural surroundings.




and the Gondwana garden is accessed through a gate close to the accommodation. The mist hangs low on this early morning,






Inala attracts a wide variety of local birds.

New Holland Honeyeater






Grey-shrike thrush




Tree Martins




Flame Robin




Grey Goshawk




Bennett's wallabies proliferate






and these 2 orphans are being hand-raised by Tonia.






Tempting as it was to spend all weekend at this hide-away, we had booked a Wilderness Journey with Rob Pennicott so we set out in search of seals and seabirds.


These Black-faced cormorants made themselves at home on a pontoon near the Adventure Bay jetty where the cruise begins,




and the rugged coastline has many sea-caves








and soaring dolorite cliffs.




This pillar provides passengers and crew with some thrills,




These Great and Black-faced cormorants were amongst the first sights at Friar's Rocks




while these seals were the main reason for the trip.










Black-faced cormorant colony, Friar's Rocks




After the cruise we returned to Inala for a lazy afternoon. Next day, we visited some quiet beaches where Pied and Sooty Oyster-catchers were enjoying the sun. At South Bruny Island NP the Lighthouse and Keeper's cottages are ideally situated. This Scarlet Robin flited around an empty shack near an old cemetery.














The lighthouse is one of the sites where the Mountain Dragon can be easily seen.




Nearby Jetty Beach is a beautiful quiet corner with clean sand and lots of birds. Silver Gulls swam in the shallows while Kelp Gulls and Sooty Oyster Catchers patrolled the water's edge.








More Silver Gulls (the juveniles have dark wing spots) and 3 juvenile Pacific Gulls




A Green Rosella preened in the nearby Camp Ground, and this Blue Tongued Lizard was one of a pair we saw later on Lighthouse Road.






All too soon, its time to head back to the ferry - this Scarlet Robin posed at the waters edge in Daniels Bay and the boats bobbed quietly at the Alonnah Jetty. The DÉntrecasteaux Channel was calm for the return.







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Nice flock of pied oiks. Looks like the poor bluey has lost its tail.

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Absolutely beautiful and fantastic pictures..

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@@Geoff @@RichB thanks for your comments.


The blue tongue had lost its tail, shame the second one that we saw got away as it looked to be much bigger and with a full length tail.

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@@Treepol, lovely, I've had a couple of trip to Tassie but haven't made it to Bruny yet. We get both the Red and White (Carnaby)Tailed cockatoos in our garden here, so I was thrilled to see the Yellow Tailed there last trip.It certainly looks very peaceful on Bruny

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Thanks for sharing, looks lovely there. I think my plan to go to India in 2017 isn't going to work, so I'm looking at either returning to Australia, with a focus on Tasmania/Melbourne/maybe KI, or maybe New Zealand. I was actually reading your previous Bruny Island report yesterday!

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@@Treepol, Bruny Is on Catalyst last night, putting up nesting boxes for the "critically" endangered Swift Parrot, maybe you have seen these little birds on the mainland already, nice, hopefully good news story.

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Loveley photos - a beautiful part of the world

Is the wallaby eating out of the bowl an albino (or just very pale)?

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@@elefromoz I am sad to say that I have yet to see a swift parrot, just another on my long list. Some nesting boxes were made by members of the Bruny Island Men's Shed - not sure if it was this batch or not.


@@TonyQ There are white wallabies on Bruny Island that aren't albinos - they have dark brown eyes as opposed to the pink features of the true albino.

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