Tracks lead from a cabin to a creek through groves of melaleuca

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656 Cloudy Bay Road, South Bruny. Picture: SUPPLIED

TWENTY ONE hectares of land on Bruny Island — it’s got a nice ring to it.

Set close to Cloudy Bay Beach and with just a cottage and cabin built on it so far, this huge property is overflowing with potential.

On offer is a mix of bushland, forest and pasture.

The property adjoins a narrow Crown reserve along the lower reaches of Saintys Creek, which runs from the rainforests on Mt Mangana into Cloudy Bay Lagoon.

About half the land is pasture, suitable for grazing or as a run for horses.

The rich variety of vegetation on the property creates a range of habitats for birds and animals.

Wallabies, pademelons and echidnas are common.

A rather nice corner of South Bruny Island.

Watch the world, slowly, travel by.

Birdlife is abundant, including pink robins, swift parrots, masked owls and 40-spotted pardalotes among the rare species that can be observed.

Built in the 1980s — and now offered for sale for the first time since then — the property’s mud-brick and bluestone cottage is comfortable and secluded.

The cottage was built by the owners’ parents, using bluestone quarried on-site and mud bricks made there from local clay.

They established the property as their family holiday home, a few minutes from Cloudy Bay Beach.

Featuring a gold exterior render and whitewashed inside walls with wood panelling and exposed timber beams, the cottage offers two bedrooms, a practical kitchen, a simple bathroom and a cosy living room with a wood heater.

Toasty warm.

Friends can stay over in the cabin.

The mud bricks are thermally efficient, keeping the house warm in winter and cool in summer.

A covered veranda overlooks the gardens.

A track beneath the forest canopy leads down to the edge of Saintys Creek, where the owner’s kayak is pulled up on the bank.

The clear stream makes this a great swimming spot in warm weather.

Near the house there is a separate one-room cabin, useful as extra accommodation for visitors.

This South Bruny property at 656 Cloudy Bay Road is listed at $1.55m+ with Fall Real Estate.

The opportunity to buy on South Bruny is a rare one. CoreLogic figures show only three transactions in the past year.

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