After lunch on Day 2, we headed south to Cape Bruny Lighthouse.
Most of the road is unsealed, and it was a lovely drive. To get to the lighthouse, you drive through part of South Bruny National Park.
There are two main sections of this park at the southernmost part of Bruny: the Labillardiere Peninsula, where the lighthouse is, and the south-western coastline on the main part of Bruny. The two sections are connected along the coastline of Cloudy Bay. There is also a small section of the park at Fluted Cape, near Adventure Bay.
There’s a pretty lookout spot over Mabel Bay just before you get to the lighthouse.
The lighthouse is located on Cape Bruny. You get a good view of it (and its replacement on the left-most hill) as you approach.
It’s Tasmania’s third lighthouse, constructed after a number of shipwrecks in the area in the mid-1830s. It was first lit in 1838. It was decommissioned in 1996 and replaced by a solar-powered light nearby.
There is a short walk from the car park to the lighthouse.
Juniordwarf tried out his photography skills. (Note hair. It was windy.)
This is the view looking back from where we walked over Lighthouse Bay. There is a small cottage that is the lighthouse museum that you can see in this picture (it’s the smallest building to the front).
It was still overcast when we arrived, and the sky was grey and gloomy. It was a perfect backdrop for this rugged part of coast, which was very different from the sandy beaches in the northern parts of the island.
I love the coast when it’s like this. It’s moody and a bit threatening. Unpredictable.
We didn’t do any of the walks this time, though there are several walks in the area, including a 5-7 hour circuit of the peninsula. One of the people at the camp ground told us she’d done that walk the previous day. I think it’s one I’d like to do one day, but I’m probably not quite up to something that demanding right now.
I’ll add it to the list.