The Road Ahead : October 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 35 IMAGES: BRUNY ISLAND; BRUNY ISLAND (BRUNY ISLAND LONG WEEKEND); BRUNY ISLAND (JOE SHEMESH); THE MONUMENT & TOTEM POLE, CAPE CONNELLA, BRUNY ISLAND (JOE SHEMESH); THE NECK (MELINDA TA), STATHAN; OCEAN BEACH (SCOTT SPORLEDER, MATADOR); VIEW FROM FRENCHMAN'S CAP (NICHOLAS TOMLIN); SIR JOHN FALLS (JOE SHEMESH). DEPARTURE NATIONAL | TRAVEL OCT/NOV 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD BRUNY ISLAND Reached by a vehicular ferry across the narrow D'Entrecasteaux Channel from Kettering, about 25km south of Hobart, Bruny Island is one of Tasmania's hidden gems. Shaped rather like an hour glass, the two halves are joined by a narrow isthmus. The northern half is rolling farmland, while the southern part contains dramatic coastal scenery which is best viewed from a Bruny Island Cruises eco-tour, where you will see dolphins, seals and penguins and plenty of sea birds. Many of the names on the island reflect the fact that French explorers arrived first, just before James Cook and William Bligh (Bligh is credited with planting the first apple trees in Tasmania; Bruny Island is close to the Huon Valley famous for its apple trees). The privately-run Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration at Adventure Bay is a wealth of fascinating material; built from thousands of convict-made bricks, it contains a specialised collection relating to exploration in the South Pacific including maps, documents, paintings and other artefacts. At the south-western edge of Bruny Island, overlooking Cloudy Bay, is a convict built lighthouse constructed in the 1830s after a number of shipwrecks. It was only automated in 1996, and tours are available. STRAHAN The lazy fishing port of Strahan is located on the edge of magnificent Macquarie Harbour, on the west coast. It is the perfect base for exploring some of Tasmania's wilderness highlights, especially by taking a cruise on the harbour, which includes travelling up the Gordon River to see some of the famous Huon Pine trees, a stop at Sarah Island -- once the harshest penal settlement in Tasmania -- and a trip out through the heads of the harbour to the wild waters of the Southern Ocean. From Strahan, don't miss a walk along the vast expanse of Ocean Beach, or clambering on the towering Henty sand dunes. For something really dramatic, take a seaplane flight from Strahan to view the rugged wilderness scenery past Frenchman's Cap, before landing on the Gordon River near John Falls.