Bruny Island is a favourite spot with both locals and visitors and a great destination for a weekend getaway. The island has some of the most amazing beaches in Tasmania and some stunning scenery with the Huon Valley and the mountains to the West and the Southern Ocean to the East.
Bruny Island is in effect two islands joined together by a slim isthmus called The Neck that is home to a penguin and sea bird rookery. The Neck has some huge sand dunes with a set of wooden stairs you can climb that provide amazing 365 degree views over the island and the waters that surround it.
The beaches on the Eastern side of the island provide some amazing surfing opportunities with swells from the Southern Ocean creating some great barrels and huge waves under the right conditions.
Bruny Island is home to some fascinating with wild life with plenty of opportunities to see penguins, sea eagles, dolphins, seals, wallabies and even whales at the right times of the year.
Bruny Island is also well known for it's food culture with everything from oysters to cheese being harvested or produced locally.
A brief History of Bruny Island
Bruny Island has a long history of Aboriginal habitation and is still home to a large Aboriginal community today. The island was first visited by Europeans in 1642 when Abel Tasman attempted to land at Adventure Bay. The Island was first landed on by Tobias Furneaux in 1773 and was visited by Captain James Cook in 1777. The island was named after Bruni d'Entrecasteaux a French explorer who explored the channel region south of Hobart and actually discovered the land mass to be an island.
In the late 1800s the island was opened up to European settlement with timber being the primary industry on the island.
Our Local Tips
- Buy some fudge from Bruny Island Providore.
- Check out the lighthouse at Cape Bruny at the very southern end of Bruny Island.
- Go for a walk along the beach at Adventure Bay and see if you can spot some whales.
- Go on a boat ride and see the seals and amazing sea cliffs.