An easy drive from Hobart to the Bruny Island Ferry at Kettering, then a quick trip over the calm water and we were on the island, heading for South Bruny.
Our first stop was Allonah. There was an Historical Society adjoining the Post Office, so we popped in for a peek to see if there was any information on my great-great-great grandfathers, who both settled here in the 1800's. The staff member at the PO couldn't help us with the historical stuff, but mentioned there was an old cemetery out the back that might be worth a look.
A lovely old cemetery it was, overlooking the water. And there, smack bang in the middle, was g-g-g-grandfather #1 and his wife. He was a Portuguese man who apparently jumped off an American whaling ship and set up home in this gorgeous little island of Tasmania, working on a ferry service.
We meandered around South Bruny, had lunch by the water and inhaled every breath of that fresh, salty air. We still had some sights to see, so we headed North to The Neck, the strip of land that divides the two section of Bruny. A wooden boardwalk and steps led to a viewing deck, Truganinin Lookout, that looked down upon the magnificent scenery below.
Back up to North Bruny, to Dennes Point, named after my other G-G-G-grandfather, A.S. Denne, who arrived on a boat from England in 1821 and settled on Bruny.
We tried to visit another old cemetery at Barnes Bay, but a pesky tiger snake stopped us in our tracks on the driveway.
Apart from the snake, the only other wildlife we saw was this brown falcon (I think), who was trying to steal eggs or ducklings from ducks in a dam. I hope Mama Duck managed to keep those fluffy lil guys safe, and Mr Falcon found something else to eat that day.
The drive back to Hobart was nice, with lavender fields adding a purple pop to the green landscape.
We also managed to find A.S. Denne's grave in the back of a church near Kingston and ticked it off the find-my-ancestors list.
We got to see a lot of Bruny on our day visit, but we hope to visit again and stay on the island next time, giving us more time to really explore the place.
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