1st February, 2018.
As we had enjoyed our Pennicott cruise at Bruny Island, we decided to take their Tasman Island cruise for another experience. The pickup point was at their office close to Port Arthur, around an hour’s drive from our camp at Sorell so it was an early start to ensure we arrived by 9.15am. The cruise actually leaves from Eaglehawk Neck which would have been more convenient than driving to Port Arthur and then being bussed back to the boat and vice versa but we weren’t aware of that when we booked. This time we chose seats behind the console knowing that the further forward the seats, the rougher the ride.
Once again, the scenery was spectacular but different from that along the east coast of Bruny Island.
Tasman Arch seen from sea level.
We saw another colony of seals, this time Long Nose Fur Seals which were formerly called NZ Fur Seals.
Approaching Tasman Island, the pulley system once used to transfer people and supplies to the lighthouse at the top of the island is still visible. The small rocky island served as the base from which everything was hauled to the top of the much larger Tasman Island using a horse. No one knows how they got the horse up there.
We were joined by schools of dolphins which were wonderful to watch but difficult to capture in a photograph.
At the conclusion of the cruise, we drove back to Eaglehawk Neck to have a look at the Blowhole which wasn’t cooperating at the time. It was interesting to see the cliffs from above.
Our last stop for the day was a the Tessellated Pavement, an amazing natural rock formation.