Bruny Island and the giant penguin

Bruny Island roughly divides into North Bruny, the Neck and South Bruny. Sparrow research had indicated that most of the south part is national park and the Neck is a penguin rookery, so neither of those were going to be dog friendly. Basically, we went to explore North Bruny.

First you catch the Bruny Island Ferry. This a great 15 minute ferry ride, stay in the car and look out the window. Waiting for the ferry we saw a huge penguin. Closer examination revealed this to be a man in penguin coloured clothing wearing a hat that looked a bit like daffy duck. Popped out to get a selfie. The ferry ride was neat, the morning had a bit of smoke haze due to fires further north, but no danger on Bruny. A dog can’t be too careful!

And we’re off (or is that on?)

Our first stop was Barnes Bay. Beautiful little bay with crystal clear water. Just had to get in and take a dip. About five cars from the ferry seemed to follow us there. The Silverback warned them that we did not really know where we were going. We didn’t see them again all day.

A quick dip at Barnes Bay

Second stop Dennes Point, a long beautiful beach dotted with old boat sheds. Walked up the beach for about half an hour, met a couple of greyhounds and their owner on the way and had several ball retrieving swims in the ocean. Also passed a couple singing whilst accompanying themselves on Ukulele and drums (!!) and a lady reading a book! No wind, tiny little waves, fantastic walk.

Drove south across the neck, big crowds going up to the lookout at the penguin rookery. We just passed them by. Stopped for lunch at the Bruny Island Cafe, the Silverback had been keen to try a scallop pie – apparently a peculiarly Tasmanian snack food comprising scallops in a mildly curried, creamy sauce, encased in a puff pastry case. He argues that local speciality foods should always be tried. He was non-committal about the experience but managed to finish it. Sadly, I’m not able to comment on how it tasted as I was helping the sparrow with her spare piece of bread at the time.

After lunch popped down to South Bruny where the Sparrow thought a section of forest was still open to dogs but ran into a chap in National Parks type shorts and shirt who told us this was no longer the case and National Parks had taken it over. My walk in the forest flew out the window and we headed back to the ferry. On the way the Sparrow popped up to the lookout at the penguin rookery to take photos.

In summary a dog could live an idyllic life at Dennes Point but dog tourism on Bruny Island is limited.

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