About Bruny Island
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 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.
Getting to Bruny Island
Bruny Island is accessible all year round via ferry service departing from Kettering with the ferry crossing taking between 20 to 30 minutes depending on conditions. The drive between Hobart and Kettering takes around 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions, during peak periods (October to April) it's worth giving extra time and aim to get to the ferry terminal early due to high demand.
If you don't have a car there are a number of tour options available departing from Hobart.
Places to go on Bruny Island
Bruny Island is one of our favourite day trips or romantic weekend spots close to Hobart. It's great if you want to just get away from it all and enjoy a number of scenic foods or indulge yourself in the fantastic local food and wine. Here are a few of our favourite spots to explore on the island.
Bruny Island Cheese Company
This is one of the most popular spots on Bruny Island and well worth a visit. Bruny Island Cheese Company produce artisinal cheeses with milk from their own dairy. They produce a variety of different cheeses that you can sample and it's well worth visiting here to try a few samples and even to take a block or two away with you.
If you enjoy good sea food then you absolutely have to stop by the Get Shucked Oyster Farm. The Farm produces Oysters at Great Bay and you can sample them fresh out of the water. The Farm now includes it's own Oyster Bar where you can stop by for some lunch and a glass of wine as well.
Cape Queen Elizabeth
This is a great walk that takes you away from the main road along un-used 4WD tracks to the spectacular beaches at Cape Queen Elizabeth. The walk takes around 4 hours and is relatively easy going. Once at Cape Queen Elizabeth take a swim in the water or explore the stunning rock formations found along the beach.
The Neck is a slim isthmus that joins the North and South of Bruny Island together. This tiny stretch of land is no wider that a couple of hundred metres at some points and provides shelter on one side while the other faces the brute force of the Southern Ocean. This small stretch of land is also host to a number of Penguin and sea bird colonies and comes alive at night with birds returning home from sea to feed their young so keep an eye out at dusk especially when driving on the main road.
Bruny Island Berry Farm
Ever wanted to stroll amongst a farm and pick your own berries? Bruny Island Berry Farm is a family owned property offering visitors the opportunity to pick their own berries fresh from the plant. The farm grows a variety of strawberries, as well as blueberries, blackberries and many more. Once you are done picking stop by the cafe and enjoy a great desert, tea or coffee.
Adventure Bay is one of Bruny Island's main townships and home to one of our favourite beaches. At the right time of year the bay is home to whales who enjoy the shelter it provides in order to calf.
The area has a rich history having been named after Captain Tobias Furneaux's ship, The Adventure. The area was also visited by a number of European explorers during the 1700s including Captain Cook, Bligh, D'Entrecasteaux and Tobin.
Today the Bay is a popular tourist spot which is great for swimming during the warmer months. Adventure Bay is also home to the Bruny Island Berry Farm and the Bruny Island Cruises terminal.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse
Cape Bruny Lighthouse is one of Australia's oldest lighthouses operating from 1838 until 1996. The lighthouse was fourth built in Australia and a key marker for ships making their way into port at Hobart.
Today you can visit the lighthouse as part of the South Bruny National Park. The lighthouse has stunning views out over the southern ocean and the massive sea cliffs along the edge of South Bruny.
South Bruny National Park
South Bruny National Park is a great spot to explore with it's stunning sea cliffs and sea views. The park is home to a number of important sea bird rookeries and is also home to an abundance of wildlife including wallabies, echidna and more.
The Park has some great short walks and day walks exploring the Bruny Island coastline. Keep an eye out for whales and other marine life as well.
Tours on Bruny Island
Bruny Island is home to a number of amazing tours allowing you to go exploring both the island and the waters around it. Tours are lead by experienced guides who know the best places to go and all the special secrets. If you are travelling without a car a number of tours offer transport from Hobart as well.