Last month, for the first time, I went on a writing retreat! The lovely crew with me were Rachel Bailey, Nikki Logan and our friend, Alison. It was fantastic and I thought I'd take you on a photo tour with a tiny selection of the many pictures I took!

 

 

After a bit of planning and feeling very intrepid, four of us took ourselves off to a lighthouse at the most southern tip of Bruny Island off Tasmania.

 

The island is a fifteen minute ferry trip across the channel. From the terminus on North Bruny, the drive to the lighthouse at the most southern point of South Bruny is another hour and a half.

I say with a bit of planning because once we arrived at our destination there could be no dashing to the supermarket for a packet of teabags, a loaf of bread or even more important, extra blocks of chocolate! The nearest shop was a minimum of an hour's round trip over unsealed roads.
There was limited mobile phone coverage and no Internet.

 

 

There's a walk to the pristine beach at Lighthouse Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found these tiny footprints in the sand and wonder if they might belong to a fairy penguin heading out to fish for the day.

The magnificent lighthouse was built by convicts in the early 1800s and began service in 1838. The function of the lighthouse has now been taken over by a solar unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation for visitors in No. 2 Quarters!

 

 

 

 

 

Views in all directions were spectacular. This is looking across Lighthouse Bay to West Cloudy Head and further on towards Tasman Head.

 

 

We were very lucky with the weather. A little cloud, a little rain, at times a little cool "“ but mostly just beautiful. Plenty of opportunity to explore. I went well prepared with thermal underwear and a padded jacket but they hardly got used.

I also took a pair of ski gloves because I hate having cold fingers... look closely and you'll see why it's just as well I didn't need them!

 

 

 

 

 

This is the view from the top of the lighthouse - amazing to think that the next large landmass would be Antarctica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, a bumble bee! I haven't seen one of these little guys for ages! They're not natives here. They might have been been imported or perhaps even blown across the Tasman from New Zealand!