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Tasmania – Day 6, Bruny Island Cruises

Today’s post is a little late. I got home last night and it took me a couple of hours to go through the 700+ photos I took yesterday on the boat cruise around the southern end of Bruny Island. I kept getting distracted by Masterchef. I decided to get up early this morning and do it.

We went to Bruny Island yesterday to do a boat cruise. The weather forecast was for rain, 90% apparently and it was raining on the way there as well. We had dressed warmly, thermals, everything. A couple of days ago we spoke to a woman who had done it and she said you would get cold, so we put as much on as we could fit. They do give you a massive raincoat type of thing that is great and good to wear.

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I wanted to take photos, but in the end decided to leave the camera bag in the car and just carry the Nikon D750 with the 28-300mm lens. Of course, that also meant the camera would be vulnerable to sea spray and rain mist, so I made sure the camera was wrapped inside a camera raincoat. It was a very good move.

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You do get to see some amazing rock formations and strange things in the rocks, well caves and gaps.

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This spot had an underwater cave and as the waves roll in you get this amazing spray coming out of the cave. It was incredible.

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The destination was to see these guys, the fur seals. They are all the males and they do like to put on a show. They were great.

bruny-island-southcoast-cliffs-cruise-4722This one had climbed up the cliff, the king of the mountain. Look in the gallery and see if you can see him sitting high above the others.

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There is no doubt that you see some incredible sights.

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As we were getting back to Adventure Bay a rainbow was showing its colours. We saw a few when we were out, but this one was lovely.

The cruise was incredible. I loved it. They take very good care of everyone and, as you can imagine, the fear of seasickness was on everyone’s mind. I felt great. The sea was rough and a few people were sick, but not me.. Would love to experience it in rougher conditions.

One thing I thought they did really well was stopping at the places to take photos and moving the boat so it didn’t matter which side you sat on you would see what they were showing you. They really considered those with cameras and what they wanted to take photos of. I think, however, if I were to do it again I would sit on the right side of the boat.

If you do the Bruny Island Cruise, you will get wet, you are on the open ocean and there will be sea spray. Consider how to keep your camera dry. They take care of you by giving you a raincoat that covers you from head to foot, but your camera is your responsibility. I found the staff wonderful and very helpful. They make sure you are okay and enjoying yourself. I can understand why they have won so many awards.

I have more photos for you now. There is a lot, but really only a small selection of what we saw.

37 Responses

  1. janelily7

    Very very nice Leanne Thx for taking me along on this trip with you!

  2. Rod

    Great photos Leanne, been enjoying your trip around Tas for a few days now. Shame you didn’t have better weather, or see some dolphins/whales. https://youtu.be/irNCNVNcIig

    • Thank you Rod, glad you have been enjoying it, the weather was kind of what we expected, it was winter, but you do what you can, now I get to write about it.

  3. Great images Leanne .. Love the opening one. Masterchef! Yep, that distracts me too .. Lol

  4. Liz Combes

    Love seeing all your images … Great mood in them

  5. Wild country and sea views! Tasmania appears to have formed from volcanic rock. Fantastic photos,Leanne!

    • Good way of describing it Peter. They did tell us about the rock, apparently most of it is dolerite, so sub volcanic rock, I hope you know what that is. Thank you Peter.

  6. What fantastically dramatic scenery and your shots of it are spectacular.

  7. Incredible views! You wrote that the seals are all male. Where are the female seals?

  8. Spectacular shots. I am always amazed at the crystal clear sharpness of them. Do you use a tripod for all of your shots or are many of them hand held? The lighting is also perfect.

    • Thank you, for these I was on a moving boat, so had to hand hold them. I was surprised at how many came out. I only use a tripod if I absolutely have to.

  9. What a fantastic day Leanne. Don’t you love digital cameras. Take as many photos as you want and see them instantly.

  10. Oh what lovely image…I can see why you enjoyed it….

  11. Deb

    Wow those are amazing photos! The first one of the rock formations looks like statues, it reminded me of Easter Island. The second one looks like the head of a crocodile and on top looks like it’s eye…boy the fur seals were funny. In that first shot he looks like he’s posing for you and enjoying every second of it. What a fantastic cruise!

  12. Wonderful. Love the columnar basalt and dark sea.

  13. Wow, such a wild and beautiful landscape. The rock colors and forms are amazing. I likely would have become ill from the wave action. Fantastic trip for you!!

  14. svtakeiteasy

    Fantastic post, Leanne. I can feel your excitement! Now you know why we love that part of the Tassie coast! Great series of shots… Make sure you clean your lens and remember salt is abrasive so use plenty of cleaning fluid!

    • You know, I have to say, I loved being able to photograph the cliffs from the water, it was quite amazing. Thanks Chris, I had the camera covered up the whole time, so it should be fine.

  15. What an adventure, Leanne, and very well captured in your photos.

Talk to me, it is too quiet.