On Monday and Tuesday of this week I went to beautiful Bruny Island to do some trudging about.
For more info on Bruny and how to get there, I’ll leave you to check out this link.
But to summarise… From Hobart drive about 30km south along the Channel Highway to a nice little town called Kettering… at Kettering follow the signs to the Bruny Island Ferry.
Yes, it’s an island, you will need to cross water to get there. During summer the waits for the ferry can be quite long, so they’ve put another ferry on to work during the busy periods. The ferry people do an amazing job of ferrying (pun intended) everyone on and across as quickly as possible.
Quite a few roads on the island itself are bitumen; but the further south you go, dirt/ gravel is predominant. Don’t be put off taking your new Audi A3 to the island, as most of the roads are perfectly suitable to 2-wheel drive ‘normal’ cars.
Here is a map…
The first trudge I did was the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit. ‘Labillardiere’ of course is a French word meaning ‘really long trudge’. The official trail map actually says it is named after a botanist whose name was La Billardiere, but I’m going with my translation.
The circuit is within South Bruny National Park, which means park entry fees apply. Check out Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife site for more info. Access is from the Jetty Beach Campground.
If you want to do the circuit in a day and return to ‘mainland’ Tasmania, get to the island early. The ferry does not run at night…
So, where were we? Oh yeah, the walk.
I found it was best to get to the campground in the middle of the day… because everyone from the night before has already left… and the people who want to camp here are yet to arrive…!
You may notice in the sign above that the Bruny Lighthouse is close by. Make sure you go there, the views are magnificent. I went on Tuesday morning. I’ll pop up pictures in another post.
From the campground, it’s best to do the circuit clockwise from here.
There’s a shorter trail called Luggaboine Circuit to do if you don’t want to tackle the longer walk.
The trail begins as a disused four wheel drive track for a fair distance. You trudge mainly north and west for the trip outwards.
I got to this rocky beach opposite Hen & Chicken Rocks (yes, they’re really called that…), and thought: “What a nice place to stop & have a sandwich”. But the copperhead snake that was sunning itself on the rocks put me off. (You can’t see the snake in the picture, it fled in terror at my approach. And as always regarding snakes, when I say ‘fled in terror’, I mean it slithered away in a condescending manner).
The walk is well-signed and easy to navigate. The only concern at times is that the undergrowth is so thick that you can’t always see what you’re treading on (see my comments about the snake earlier). Proceed with care in these spots.
The trail isn’t very steep, although you do trudge up Mount Bleak, which is really just a small hill.
Eventually as you walk north and west the land will run out, and you will get to the first of several beaches. This is called Hopwood Beach’, about the halfway point of the trudge, opposite Partridge Island. I admit, I was moderately disappointed that the Partridge Family were not there.
The trail will now turn back to the south and east and you trudge back toward the campsite. From here the trail varies between a more traditional bush trail and beach crossings. The beaches are magnificent… unused and un-spoilt.
Follow the trail back to the campground. Afterwards, have a swim or paddle in the beach… the water is cool, but it’s a great way to soothe the feet after such a long trudge.
The official paraphernalia lists the walk as anywhere between 15 and 20km. My GPS says I walked 19.3km. I walked for four and a half hours, but I didn’t take any breaks to eat or have a dip in the water along the way.
Here’s a link to my Endomondo workout.
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