Now that I’ve had lunch, I think I can safely write about the second half of Andy and my culinary tour of Bruny Island. Before we start though, a brief announcement. I’ve been granted New Zealand residency! This means I can now stay in the country indefinitely and have all the rights of a citizen (except for having a NZ passport, being able to live in Australia without a visa or the ability to run for public office, none of which I’m particularly worried about). I’m so relieved that I no longer have to worry about partnership visa applications or having an end date on my time here. Andy, Higgs and I can plan our future in any way we see fit. Yippee!! I’ll definitely be keeping up the blog, though, so not to worry. Traveling remains a priority for me, and luckily Andy is on board.
Now, back to Bruny.
After our fabulous oysters, we stopped at a small honey stand to sample a wide range of flavored honeys.
You wouldn’t think there could be so much variation, but they were all very different. We even got to choose and keep a free jar of our favorite one. Since we wouldn’t be able to bring it back to NZ, Andy and I basically had very sweet tea for the rest of our stay (and ok, maybe a couple spoonfuls of straight honey ).
We drove out to Adventure Bay next. Early explorers (Furneaux on the ship Adventure in 1773, Captain Cook in 1777 on Resolution, and even the Bounty in 1788) stopped at this spot for fresh water from the now-named Resolution Creek. You may notice a pattern with the names here!
This spot is called Two Tree Point. The same two trees were immortalized in watercolor in 1792 by James Tobin, an artist aboard Bligh’s ship Providence. Both eucalypts, the trees are now believed to be over 250 years old.
Ok, the backdrop looks a tad bit different, but artists do sometimes take liberties. I love the fact that you can visit this spot and look through such a clear window into the past.
And just look at the rest of the beach!
I can see why there’s a popular holiday park nearby.
After our brief wander on the beach, we stopped for some tea and blueberry muffins at a nearby cafe before searching for wallabies. Bruny Island is home to the rare white wallaby. Like other species, wallabies are sometimes born albino. However, those ones typically don’t make it to a ripe old age since they are easily spotted by predators, including the Tasmanian devil. On Bruny Island, the wallabies don’t have natural predators, so they’ve done quite well, and the white ones have proliferated.
Before long, we spotted some wallabies enjoying the sun.
The white ones get sunburned due to their coloring, so I hope this guy didn’t sleep for too long.
Sprawled out on the grass, it basically looked like a giant white mouse.
Having gotten our wallaby fix, our next destination was Bruny Island Premium Wines.
We were treated to a tasting before sitting down to lunch.
We got to try some fabulous whites and reds, and even a cider to finish it all off. The hardest part was choosing which one to have with our lunch!
Speaking of lunch… I ordered the lamb with polenta and pesto.
Andy got sausages with gravy and salad.
The food was fabulous, even though we were still fairly full from the cheese, oysters and blueberry muffins. We had zero problem finishing everything.
Before we got back in the van, I couldn’t resist purchasing a bottle of the dessert Sauvignon Blanc to take home. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. It’s still in our cabinet, but we may be taking it out soon to celebrate my residency. I’m going to drag this celebration on as long as humanly possible. 🙂
After the winery, we were off for a dessert stop at Bruny Island Chocolate Company. What a cute spot!
We got to sample different types of fudge. Unsurprisingly, the hokey pokey was my favorite. The coffee walnut fudge on the right was fabulous as well.
We couldn’t manage it all on the spot, but luckily our guide had brought along a big tupperware container to grab the leftovers to go. She’s obviously used to this.
Our final stop was the Tasmanian House of Whisky.
Our whisky “tasting” consisted of trying just one whisky, but we learned quite a bit from the owner. I can see why they can’t afford to give out too much at tastings if the tour groups are usually around 30 people! Also, I’m grateful Andy was there to contribute to the whisky discussion, since I am completely inexperienced. I just smiled and nodded.
What a beautiful spot, too.
Full and sleepy, we made the drive back to the ferry and over to the mainland.
I think we all had a slight doze on the ride back to Hobart, besides Susie our guide, of course. What an awesome way to spend our last day in Tasmania!
That night, we went out for a beer and, don’t hate us… a wallaby burger. It was delicious! They’re pests in most of Tazzy, so we were just doing our part, you know?
The next afternoon, we flew to Melbourne and then finally back to Wellington, arriving around midnight. Needless to say, Monday was rough at work.
Expect some Wellington posts, coming soon!