Last December, some friends and I had plan a trip to Tasmania to attend The Falls Festival. So to make our trip worthwhile, cos you know, Tasmaina is a long way from Singapore, we decided to make it an 11 day trip. Instead of staying at hotels, or BnB’s we decided to rent an X-trail and camp around the island before the 3 day festival started.
One of the places we spent most of our time at was the all famous Bruny Island. It was such a spectacular island that it needs it’s very own post.
Bruny island is situated toward the south of Hobart. You’ll need to take a ferry from Kettering which was pretty exciting in itself if you are a sheltered Merlion like me. It’s a 35 minuite journey and costs $30 or $35 for peak season. We missed the first ferry by one car space as we were in a queue, and had to wait about 45 minutes before we could get on the next. Moral of the story, if you’re pretty confident in your driving skills and car, make the dash and overtake the guy on your way there because more likely than not, they’re going to the island too, also, if you’re the passenger, don’t be a back seat driver and let the confident driver do his thing :p my bad..
Things to bring:
If you’re intending to camp there, it’s best you bring your own food, utensils, cooking trays and firewood although you could get it from the bigger general store on the island. A tent is optional if you plan to sleep in the car but it deemed useful as extra storage space. Plus it was a whole other experience if you plan to sleep in it. Sleeping bags, 2 sets, highly recommended especially if your natural habitat is along the equator. Lastly, you’ll want to grab a map or two of the island from Tourist Information.
On the island:
After disembarking from the ferry, we traveled south to our first stop, OYSTERS! Get Shucked was the first recommended stop on the map. We ordered two dozen oysters even though we didn’t have breakfast. On top of that, I ordered a Bloody Mary and Oyster Pate which was so so. The oysters however were to die for! They were so good that I felt really guilty for indulging in such wonderfullness! They were so fresh that it tasted buttery! Don’t order the fancy stuff if you don’t need to, just the fresh oysters is all you need.
Between Get Shucked and Bruny Island Cheese Company, there’s a warehouse that sells firewood however they were closed on Christmas Day so we didn’t manage to get any there and had to get it by other means [more about that later].
Next stop was the Bruny Island Cheese Company where we had coffee and some cheese tasting. The cheese wrapped in the Greek leaf was really nice but we had to buy a hard cheese for campfire since we only had an eskie and a bag of ice to keep everything cool. We bought Tom eventually after many of them were out of stock which was a really bummer but that’s not gonna spoil the day.
We drove further down south after downing our coffee and ended up at Alonnah where we finally stopped by an ambulance driver’s house after accessing many houses and their faces and stash of ‘wood’ and asked if we could get some firewood off him. He was really nice and told us to get bark to help the fire out and gave us a few logs from his stash too.
When we finally got to cloudy bay, we were a little confused. The map showed a campsite but no connecting road. After asking around and looking a little lost, we finally saw a truck coming up from the beach and realised that we’re gonna have to put our rented x-trail to the test. Needless to say, we were f*ing excited!
It was already 11pm when we finally got the food to cook and had our dinner. Not mentioning we were the only ones awake at that time. There was a little tree creature that visited us too. I don’t exactly know what aussie animal that is but it looked kinda like a Wombat and climbed the tree that was just next to our tent.
Side note: The Assault2 tent pitches really easily. Just unfold the frame, pull the bars, and its up. No hassle at all.The heat from the sun, like all other camp days, woke us up. Again, we were probably the last ones out of bed. Anyhoe, our plan for the next day was to go around the rest of the island, take a shower and eventually camp by the neck.
So this part is probably an urbanite’s greatest concern #firstworldproblems. The BATHROOM. Well, at all national park campgrounds, there is a shed with a toilet seat mounted on a long, long, long pipe into the ground. You do your business there, and no it doesn’t stink as bad as you might think. there’s no luxury of washing your hands after doing business though. So be prepared for that.
As for showering, there isn’t any at campgrounds. So you’re probably wondering where we showered. We went to Captain Cook Caravan Park at Adventure Bay gave A$2 as entry fee into the park and $2 in exchange for a 5 minute hot shower. Of course after not showering for 2 days, I couldn’t just limit myself to 5 minutes right?! I went all out A$4!! Ahhh, the pleasures of conditioning my hair and shaving my legs! :p
We decided to take a look at the Alonnah General Store before heading up north to the neck. There, we bought campfire supplies which included a bag of wood for A$5 and a baking tray to ease the pain of cooking our sausages on the fire. Should have done that the day before so we could save the time eyeing peoples backyard for their ‘wood’ :/
The Neck’s campground was more popular and there were quite a number of happy campers around. We found a spot but it was kinda near the toilet so there wasn’t as much privacy as the Cloudy Bay Campsite but it was still good. This time, we managed to get the fire up and had our dinner at about 9pm. A great improvement wouldn’t you say?! That night, we slept in the car. We placed all the unnecessary stuff in the tent to free up the sleeping area.
I really think the X-trail is a really nice car to camp in. Of course, from my research, there are other cars that we could have rented that would be as comfortable, if not more. But the X-trail was perfect as we were familiar with it from home. I’ll also have to add that the long drawer and storage area that went all the way from the backseats to the boot was super useful 😀
Will I want to do this again?
For now, we’ll have to endure the cold turkey..