Friday, March 08, 2013

Bounding on Bruny

On my bucket list of places to visit is Bruny Island off the coast of the Australian island state Tasmania. R  rolls his eyes when he asks me where we should go for a holiday, and I repeat ad nauseam, Perth, New Zealand or Tasmania. Ok, R has been to all three in the past and I have been to two, not Perth.

What is there to see on Bruny Island? I have no idea, but seeing an albino wallaby is not a bad reason to visit. Note, the clip says kangaroo, but it is clearly a wallaby.

Macropod lesson:
Kangaroo is big, red and grey.
Wallaroo is smaller, looks more like a large wallaby.
Wallaby is much smaller, swamp, rock and many more, including several varieties called paddymelons, which are ever so cute.

This chap, or chapess wallaby is ultra alert. Their natural enemy would be the Australian dingo but a grown sized kangaroo can effectively deal with them. I am not sure about wallabies. There may have been the now extinct Tasmanian Tigers on the island too, which could have been a wallaby predator.

12 comments:

  1. Do tell me if you visit Tassie as I have a retired mate (aussie/white) down that way who would probably enjoy meeting people from the mainland. He visits Melbourne from time to time as well.

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  2. Shall do Michael. We were last there in the early 2000s.

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  3. Seeing an albino wallaby is a good enough reason to visit in my opinion.

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    1. Yes River. Good enough.....and it must be cool there. Bliss.

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  4. oh you'll love it. the ferry from Kettering marina is a thrill - many posh boats there, and big houses on the hillsides. You park in a long queue up the dirt road and leave for the cafe which had the best salmon bun thingys too.
    Bruny has a museum where you must look in the glass cases for a donation by me.
    The beach is divine and if you strain your eyes on the horizon it's Antarctica.

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    1. So you have been there Ann. Sounds fantastic.

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  5. You will LOVE Bruny Island. We went there in Jan 2010 and almost felt ashamed that such a brilliant place had been unheard of by us before. Scenery, boat rides, food, nice people..... MAKE your beloved R take you!

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    1. Kath, it sounds like a place that should get more publicity.....well, maybe not. Don't want crowds there.

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  6. Oh she's a beauty Andrew ( much too pretty to be a he).. Where ever you decide to go I'm sure you'll have a ball (?).. Wait until summer is over before you even think of coming to Perth, another few weeks or so and the weather will be fabulous!

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    1. Grace, Perth is in the distant horizon. I am sure it will be great.

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  7. Take a LOOOOOOONG holiday & visit all three!!! I've never been to Bruny either ... but it's definitely on the list!

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    1. Sensible Red, but holiday for next year is already planned.

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