Bruny Island Journal

Stories of life on an island at the bottom of the world
 


The Volant winning the first Ocean Race in 1898
First and Oldest: Bruny Island Race

The Bruny Island Race was first held on Saturday 19 March 1898 and was originally called The Ocean Race, it is Australia's oldest ocean yacht race.  

White bellied sea eagle
The Solitude of birds

Perhaps it is something about the island that makes us like birds, both happy in our solitude and eager for a chat.

View of Cloudy Bay Cabin and the beach on Bruny Island
I have a room to myself and it is nature
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From the ramblings of a meandering mind, today I am wondering if the appreciation of nature is an intrinsic part of our soul or is something that we choose to acknowledge.

* Henry David Thoreau

Unloading a car at Brooke St Pier
Travelling to South Bruny Island

If you live on an island you may as well enjoy the journey, because getting here is just a fact of life, as it has been for generations of people who have called Bruny Island home

Old photo of Bruny Island Lighthouse taken in December 1912
Keepers of the Light: Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Light keepers have been doing battle with nature since 1838. Tending the light to ensure that maritime travellers did not meet the same grisly end as so many before them had done, it was an arduous and unrelenting life.

Pine tree eradication at Bruny Island Lodge
Pine Control Project

In late 2013, Bruny Island Lodge decided to undertake a massive and rather unique eradication project. Our aim was to control the radiata pine infestation which was threatening to overrun the native bushland at our 900 acre property on South Bruny.

Historical photo of Alf Holding and Roy Taylor at Cloudy Bay entrance with their caravan
Cloudy Bay, South Bruny: where Nature's heart beats strong amid the hills

Cloudy Bay was initially named l’baie Mauvaise by French explorer Bruni D'Entrecasteaux in 1792, after 1822 it was marked on the maps of the time as Bad Bay, and after 1859 became known as Bad or Cloudy Bay.