Bruny Island seashore at Alonnah, Bruny Island, Tasmania.

The peace and calm of a Tasmanian beach. One can walk for hours and not see another human being. An abundance of birdlife exists, waders, birds of prey, penguins as well as the occasional white wallaby. Not albino but white fur – unique to this place.

This island is like no other place in its pristine magnificence.  IMG_5159.jpg


Bruny Island sunset. Photo taken at the village of Alonnah

Alonnah is a small township on the western side of Bruny Island, Tasmania, facing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Originally named Mill’s Reef, it was renamed in the early 1900s after part of the Tasmanian Aboriginal name for Bruny Island, Lunawanna-alonnah (a nearby township a little to its south being named Lunawanna.

Such a beautiful part of Tasmania.


The destruction of Tasmania’s wild and fragile wilderness.

Clear-felling, as the name suggests, first involves the complete felling of a forest by chainsaws and skidders. Then, the whole area is torched, the firing started by helicopters dropping incendiary devices made of jellied petroleum, commonly known as napalm. The resultant fire is of such ferocity it produces mushroom clouds visible from considerable distances. In consequence, every autumn, the island’s otherwise most beautiful season, china-blue skies are frequently nicotine-scummed, an inescapable reminder that clearfelling means the total destruction of ancient and unique forests. At its worst, the smoke from these burn-offs has led to the closure of schools, highways and tourist destinations.  ( Richard Flanagan, The Monthly. May 2007.)   

Very little has changed in ten years.  This beautiful rare and fragile wilderness is being destroyed by men and women who fail to comprehend the great value of this place – if left preserved and cherished.  Such policies rob future generations of their heritage.


Also of note is the essay by Jonathon West in the Griffin Review.