Walks with Wildlife: Lake St Clair, Mt Rufus, New Norfolk, Mt Field National Park, and Bruny Island, Tasmania

5 Jan

I’m out of time. In seven hours we’ll be airborne. London Gatwick overnight then onwards to sail pirate seas – St Lucia in The Caribbean. Sick with excitement!

So just quickly, here’s a gallery of pics from stunning Lake St Clair where we saw our first chubby wombat and seven echidnas and hiked 19 k up Mt Rufus and back by Shadow Lake. The thermometer dropped to 1 degree centigrade and all the layers went on.


Next stop New Norfolk on the banks of the Derwent for wine tasting and lunch at Stefano Lubiana. Walked it off in Mt Field National Park hiking up to Russell and Lady Barron Falls through giant swamp gums. A cheeky echidna stopped us in our tracks on the return. Still not a snake in sight!






  The last leg of our pre-Hobart travels took us to Bruny Island, south east from Hobart.

It struck me as we took the car ferry from Kettering to North Bruny, that we were going to a tiny island off a small island (Tasmania) off the largest island on the planet, Australia. Bruny is special to many for its unspoilt beauty which can be wild or mild depending on where you wander.

We camped at Adventure Bay, another picture perfect sandy bay and shared our Xmas lunch with Josh, a solo cyclist from Coff’s Harbour. 




 I did a double take when this white wallaby caught my eye whilst cycling. 

Yes, James was here.    

On our last day on Bruny we took the afternoon wilderness boat trip with Pennicott’s. Good decision. Wind and sea carved coastline with sea cliffs towering 272metres above us, fur seals played at Friars’ Rocks and thousands of shearwaters, fairy prions, gannets, shy albatross filled the sky as we went further out to sea on the way back. Being in The Great Southern Ocean was a thrill.     

 My reading material for this part of the trip was Tim Winton’s ‘Island Home: A Landscape Memoir’ and the biography of Deny King by  Christobel Mattingley.
Tim makes a compelling case for protecting our wilderness. He says architecture is what we console ourselves with when we lose our wild places. He has a valid point when I think about Europe. Reading about Deny’s country around Port Davey motivated me to return to Tasmania to hike and hopefully sail the south west. We might even cross paths with an actual snake next time.

In the meantime we have six months of travel adventures planned. See you on the other side of the pond!


2 Responses to “Walks with Wildlife: Lake St Clair, Mt Rufus, New Norfolk, Mt Field National Park, and Bruny Island, Tasmania”

  1. Heather watt January 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    What a wonderful peaceful trip you have had. Safe international travelling to you both.

    • Sharon Tickle January 7, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      Thanks Heather, looking forward to good news about George’s surgery. S&Sxx

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