D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in the lee of Bruny Island, is a sailor’s paradise. Since leaving Hobart we have had a fantastic time getting a taste of these beautiful, protected waters. People say that these are the best cruising waters in Australia - we now understand what all the fuss is about!
After spending Easter hiding out from a couple of strong cold fronts in Stringers Cove at Port Esperance, we ducked around to an anchorage near Rabbit Island and then explored the cute little town of Dover.
Next we sailed over to South Bruny Island and explored a couple of fabulous anchorages, the best one being on a small island in the South Bruny
National Park called Partridge Island. Here we met Jim and John, two
brothers from Hobart who have been cruising these waters for decades in
their twin boats Sea Slug and Sea Lion. Their knowledge of
the history of the place was immense, and they took us on a fantastic
walk across the island to find the hidden ruins of a 1800’s homestead
and orchard where we stocked up on local apples. The apple crumble was
delicious - how's that for low food-miles?! Jim and John gave us so much
great advice about the local anchorages and about our plans to head
around to Port Davey. We had a great time chatting and drinking beer
with them by the campfire on Saturday night, and they've offered us a
mooring at their anchorage in Hobart on our way back!
of Port Davey, this will be our last post for a while. The weather is
looking perfect over the next few days to scoot around the South coast
where we will stay at least 2 weeks – it could be three or more if we
have to wait for the weather to come back. There are no roads, no
phones, no internet – true Tasmanian wilderness!
Bass Voyager is filled to the brim with food, water, fuel and lots of
warm clothes! We are so excited about this next adventure – we’ll take
lots of photos and update when we get back in a few weeks!
Seals - a familiar sight in The Channel
Spider crab - would have preferred a flathead...
Creepy. Kitty agreed.
Beautiful Partridge Island
Michael caught three fat Australian Salmon
Exploring the island with Jim and John
Apple orchard near ruins of the old homestead
Wall to pen in livestock
Humpy built by locals
John and Jim had so many great stories to share about the area
As you can see, Kitty is pretty happy with this Channel sailing business!