For all of you who have been waiting to catch a glimpse of where The Boy and I settled in for the night when we were in Bruny Island. This is it.
You won’t want to miss it. If you ever find yourselves in Bruny Island needing a retreat to stay in, Adventure Bay Retreat is definitely the place to be.
Set amidst the hillside of Adventure Bay, sit two beautiful houses (one family sized and the other a couple size) ready to welcome you with open arms.
Heck, you might even meet Wallace and Wilma out the front deck.
Who? Read on and we’ll introduce you to our new friends, the Double U’s. Get it?
After all our eating adventures at the other side of Bruny, The Boy and I decided we would stock up on some produce at the local Adventure Bay General Store just around the corner from Adventure Bay Retreat. Looked like the heavens had wanted us to stay in as well.
Whilst we were busy grabbing food to cook for dinner and breakfast the next morning, a hailstorm rolled in to convince us that staying in by the fireplace was the best idea that weekend.
As we ran back into our car to drive up to the retreat, we couldn’t help but feel as if we were driving home.
We had arrived.
The Boy and I were kindly invited to stay by the good people of Adventure Bay Retreat at The Lodge, which is the family size house that fits up to 8 people.
Because it was freezing outside with the rain, wind and hail, we couldn’t have been more grateful to Jan (who runs the place) for leaving the heating on for us. Little thoughts like these make us always want to return to a place.
I immediately fell in love with the comfy lounge chair in the open dining/living area and it took The Boy quite some time to convince me to get up to assist him with pottering around the house.
Hands down, Adventure Bay Retreat wins the Best Pillows and Comfortable Bed Award from us this year.
We’ve travelled quite a bit this year and have slept on many a number of beds and pillows, so we have to be experts in this. Trust us, you’ll have the best sleep ever staying here.
The master bedroom is definitely a winner with its open bath concept. I love a good bath. I love a good bath with a view even more!
Gazing outside into the bushland watching wallabies eat and play whilst relaxing in a hot designer stone bath is definitely one of the things I hadn’t realise was in my bucket list until I ticked it off. I want to live here forever.
One of the best first world accessories in this house were definitely the heated towel racks. They were marvellous for the weather we were experiencing on Bruny that weekend.
The dining area was large enough to fit 8 adults! The pantry has got to be the most well stocked pantry we’ve ever come across as well.
There were jams, oil, spices, herbs, milk, vegemite, flour, sprinkles, tea and coffee!
Pots, pans, baking trays, cups, plates and other utensils were available in abundance as well.
Full facilities and bedrooms available at The Lodge:
- Two bedrooms feature king-sized beds, fitted with luxurious goose and down feather mattress topper, plus quilt and king-sized pillows
- A third bedroom consists of two sets of bunks, accommodating up to four people
- The Lodge has a deck overlooking the bay with outdoor furniture and large gas BBQ
- High chairs and port-a-cots are available on request
- A small children’s playground with swings
- Washing machine, clothes dryer, full-size fridge, coffee machine, fully equipped kitchen with the finest utensils
- Large leather lounge, TV, DVD player and music system, complete with CD’s, DVD’s and selection of books to enjoy
- Complimentary use of hybrid male/female bikes to peddle around Bruny Island, for the duration of your stay.
For dinner, we simply served up a dozen fresh oysters we had purchased from Get Shucked together with a rump steak for The Boy and lightly seared pan fried smoked Huon salmon for me. We served it up with some fresh beans, mushrooms, bacon and parsnip puree.
It was so lovely to have the ability to cook our dinner and rest indoors with the fire as the mad weather raged on outside.
After a beautiful night’s rest with the World’s Best Bed and Pillows, we woke up to a winter white morning. The ground all around us were literally covered in tiny hail stones from the storm the night before. We tried to catch the sunrise for photos, but it was not meant to be.
Instead, I made acquaintances with these two cheeky faces (and their friends) having a bit of breakfast at our front door.
I couldn’t help but name the brown wallaby Wallace, and the white wallaby Wilma.
The White Wallabies (albino Red Neck Wallabies; Bennett Wallabies) are only found in the wild on Bruny Island. At our stay in Adventure Bay Retreat, we saw about 3-4 of them at dusk and dawn and were very pleased with ourselves!
For breakfast, I served up crispy bacon, bullseye eggs, wilted spinach, honeyed mushrooms and leftover pan fried smoked Huon salmon from our dinner. Whilst I was happily singing and humming to the morning and pottering in the kitchen, The Boy went all around the house taking these beautiful pictures!
So don’t go hesitating, we know that when we ever return to Bruny Island, Adventure Bay Retreat will definitely be back on our radar to stay!
After packing up and saying goodbye to the beautiful Lodge one more time, we took a slow drive out of Bruny Island (before heading back through to Hobart as we were departing on the Spirit of Tasmania from Devonport that evening).
From our drive up the previous day, I had spotted a beautiful quiet spot for us to hop out and catch some pictures.
Little did we know, we had discovered a historical location!
Listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, Two Tree Point, Resolution Creek was listed as “Watering Place” on the charts of Captain Tobias Furneaux and Captain James Cook.
This was where early explorers of the 18th century rocked up to replenish their supplies of fresh water!
We spent close to an hour here just taking in the beautiful calmness of the water and beach which was washed clean the night before from the storm.
We couldn’t but feel really relaxed and joyous as we reflected on our journey and how lucky we were just to have cast our eyes on the beautiful landscape (of which we tried to do justice in the above)!
[Ms I-Hua and The Boy journeyed to Tasmania as guests of Spirit of Tasmania and stayed on Bruny Island as guests of Adventure Bay Retreat]
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