Things to do around Bruny Island

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So you’ve left your mainland Tasmanian accommodation  bound for the spectacular landscapes of Tasmania’s rugged coastline, lush forests and the iconic cliffs of Bruny Island. Anticipation builds as you leave mainland Tasmania through charming towns of  Snug, Margate and Kettering where you catch the ferry for the short ride (20 minutes) to Bruny. From Hobart central it’s approximately 35 to 40 minutes to the Kettering, the ferry stop, then 10 to 15 minutes on the ferry Bruny Island by car. Plus any wait time for the ferry.

Here you’ll savour local delicacies – the best of artisan cheeses, succulent oysters and mouth-watering berries, and spot incredible wildlife roaming free. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Bruny Island’s many walking tracks, which range from easy strolls to challenging hikes. Popular activities include bushwalking, and if you’ve bought along your gear: kayaking, fishing, and surfing. Adventure seekers can also embark on thrilling eco-adventure expeditions, exploring sea caves and towering sea cliffs.

Before boarding the ferry at Kettering, if you’ve a half day and want a special treat, try this amazing experience: Sauna Boats Tasmania while you wait! Unique and unbelievable preparation for Bruny Island’s relaxed and rejuvenation vibe, this is an experience that’s memorable as much as it is exhilarating. You’ll immerse yourselves in the calming warmth of the sauna that’s on a boat, followed by an optional refreshing plunge into Tasmania’s invigorating waters! Now that’s WOW!

A Travellarks discovery self-drive tour is featured is featured on this site – Roadtrip around Bruny Island,  simply click here.

Bruny Island in Tasmania

Wellness & Pampering

  • Here’s a refreshing change for pamper products. The Honey Pot and Bruny Island Honey, both owned by the Wright family, represent our  lifelong collaboration with bees and the Tasmanian Wilderness. With over 1000 hives, these are followed year-round for the blooming flowers, ensuring a diverse nectar collection from various sources like Leatherwood, Bush, Prickly Box, and Manuka Honey across Lake Pedder, Bruny Island, and the Huon and Derwent Valleys. From lip balm to bath bombs, stock up on pamper products as well as other honeyed items for your indulgence. Located in Great Bay, just 20mins from the ferry terminal, The Honey Pot is open for free tastings every day (except Christmas Day)!
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  • g hitched at this idyllic island? Your wedding planner could be Bruny Island Weddings who have a comprehensive list of local providers to assist in your decision making. A venue for a wedding for 2 to 40 guests (maximum) might be Cloudy Bay Beachhouse Venue & Events.
  • Another wedding venue option is Sheepwash Bay Events, a 37 acre country home and wild coastal landscape as the backdrop to your love story. They have a number of recommendations for suppliers for your event.

Explore & Discover

  • Visitors can relax, swim, walk on the beach or on a cruise and other opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation can be found ion north and south Bruny. A helpful resource to Bruny  Island can be found at Tourism Bruny Island
  • Spending some time at Two Tree Point and Resolution Creek on your visit to Adventure Bay holds historical significance as it was a site of early European exploration and contact with indigenous Tasmanian peoples and their traditional lands of the Nuenonne people. These lands held cultural and spiritual significance for them, providing vital resources for their sustenance. Presently, Two Tree Point and Resolution Creek are part of the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve, managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Popular for coastal walks with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and wildlife spotting opportunities so birdwatchers, beachcombers and photographers, bring your gear! This is a site of early European exploration and contact with Indigenous Tasmanian peoples.  Interpretive signage provides information about the area’s historical significance. The early 19th century, explorers and sealers frequented the waters around Bruny Island. Two Tree Point likely derived its name from two prominent trees that served as landmarks for sailors navigating the rugged coastline. Resolution Creek may have been named after one of the ships in Captain James Cook’s exploration fleet, such as HMS Resolution.
  • Adventure Bay is the main hub on Bruny Island. As pretty as a picture book it’s on the eastern side of North Bruny Island offering superb beaches, perfect for relaxing or taking a leisurely stroll. Adventure Bay is historically significant. It’s where Captain James Cook and his crew anchored in 1777.
  • Beaches are in abundance on Bruny Island but overcrowding is alien on sandy shores. For those wishing to surf, vs swim, vs being freezing cold for the brave souls. Here’s a list: Adventure Bay, Cloudy Bay Lagoon, Cloudy Bay Beach, The Neck Beach, Alonnah Beach, Lunawanna, Dennes Point, Sunset Beach, Queen Elizabeth Bay, Jetty Beach, Mabel Bay and Cemetery Beach.
  • Visit Bruny Island’s rich maritime heritage at the Bligh Museum. At the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, Adventure Bay you” find an historical account of European explorers of Captain William Bligh, Captain James Cook, Tobias Furneaux, Matthew Flinders and Admiral Joseph-Antoine Bruny D’Entrecasteaux are presented in this convict built structuire from 1000’s of bricks.
  • Then step into the prehistoric world of the Jurassic Gardens and Inala Nature that’s an accredited botanic garden and educational facility highlighting the Gondwanan connections of over 750 species from 50 plant families. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups, or visitors can take a self-guided tour of the gardens. on site you will also find Bruny Island’s Inala Nature Reserve, a 1500 acre conservation-covenanted property with rich, diverse habitat and biodiversity.
  • Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s Bruny Island Cruises specialise in wilderness cruises along Bruny Island’s rugged coast in southern Tasmania. Multi award winning of Australia’s Best Ecotourism Product four times including numerous state tourism awards, including Tasmania’s Best Tourist Attraction 10 times! Great accolades and we highly recommend the 1/2 day cruise taking in 50 kilometres of coastline to the Friars and back up. You’ll have a close encounter at the ‘Breathing Rock’, delve into deep sea caves and get close to soaring cliffs and wave carved sea stacks, including the iconic “The Monument.” You might rendezvous with albatross, dolphins, seals and migrating whales are just a few of the abundant wildlife.
  • If time allows, why not join a thrilling safari tour to encounter Tassie Devils or set sail on a half-day cruise chasing dolphins? Immerse yourself in Adventure Bay’s natural beauty, whether it’s soaking in the scenery, taking a refreshing dip, or paddling through its crystal-clear waters on a kayak.
  • A highlight on Bruny is The Neck following the B66 south to the narrow neck of land that joins north and south Bruny at Adventure Bay. Timing to catch a sunset or a sunrise (or both!) is when you stunning vistas of Adventure Bay and back to Mount Wellington and Hobart from the top of the dunes from a viewing platform (via a wooden stairway straight up 200+ stairs!). This platform is known as Truganini Lookout that was named after an Aboriginal woman, Truganini and to the Nuenonne people who inhabited lunawanna-alonnah (Bruny Island) before the European settlement. You’ll see a monument that’s erected here honouring their place, courage and lives. The lookout highlights Mount Wellington (north), Cape Raoul and the Tasman Peninsula (east), Cape Queen Elizabeth (north east), Adventure Bay (south) and the hills of South Bruny Island (south west). The Neck is home to shearwaters (long-necked birds) and little penguins at dusk during summer.
  • South Bruny National Park is a must for its striking landscapes and diverse coastal scenery.  The national park features several walking tracks, including the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit and Fluted Cape Track, showcasing diverse flora, fauna, and coastal scenery. South Bruny National Park provides a range of activities for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those seeking to unwind in Tasmania’s pristine wilderness. Atop one of the southern headlands is Cape Bruny Lighthouse.
  • Heritage listed Cape Bruny Lighthouse located at the southern tip of Bruny Island towers 114m above a dramatic coastline that form this wild rugged Tasmanian coastline has tours which are education worthy. You must take a tour of the lighthouse, a truly special experience as its hosted by Craig Parsey (business operator) and former resident at the Cape Bruny Light-station during the 1970s (as the son of a lighthouse keeper family). Learn about shipwrecks, life as a lighthouse keeper and stories of Bruny Islands past. Book ahead (online) and be aware of inclement weather which may impact a tour. Take warm and protective clothing, sensible shoes and camera/phone camera.

Good Eats

Foodies:

  • Only on Bruny could you find a “roadside baker”. Bruny Island’s roadside honesty-system fridge is filled once a day with delicious sourdough and cookies that travellers and locals can’t resist. Located in Sheepwash Bay @thebrunybaker.
  • Then there’s the Sunberry Bruny – Real Fruit Ice Cream Van!!! Their delicious ice creams are made with real fruits and operate primarily on weekends and some hot weekdays. For where they’re lurking, see @Sunberrybruny to stay informed about their whereabouts.
  • Discover local oysters, precious cargo of Bruny. The unique characteristics of their pristine environment, results in a distinct and delicious taste with a burst of briny freshness, followed by a rich, creamy sensation that envelops your palate. Velvety smooth texture with a delicate yet firm consistency that melts in your mouth., each oyster is a perfect balance of sweetness and savoury notes, complemented by a subtle hint of oceanic essence. Are you drooling? Bring a round or two home!
  • Sample gourmet goodies at the Providore, and enjoy your home-cooked dinner later with paired wines at Bruny Island Premium Wines and Get Shucked Oysters for starters.
  • Bruny Island Chocolate Company for some sweet indulgence located at 55 Adventure Bay Rd, Adventure Bay has a store and cafe open daily
  • Stock up on gourmet goodies at Bruny Island Providore located at 53 Adventure Bay Road.
  • Passionate artisans who toil away at the Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co deliver amazing locally produced craft cheeses, beers & bread, with tastings & picnic table. These eclectic providores – cheesemakers, farmers, bakers and brewers. Their farm is crucial to the quality of their produce. Their herd is made up of three rare breeds, all of which are no longer considered commercially viable: Brown Swiss, Australian Dairy Shorthorn, and Normande – all excellent dual-purpose breeds for both cheesemaking and beef production.

Retail Escape

  • Bruny Island Chocolate Company for some sweet indulgence located at 55 Adventure Bay Rd, Adventure Bay has a store and cafe open daily.
  • Pop into The Bruny Island House of Whisky on northern Bruny. It’s home of the “SPELLBOUND” spirits label. They offer premium Tasmanian single malt whiskies and extremely rare Gin releases. Bookings must be made for tastings, for groups greater than 6 visitors.
  • Stock up on gourmet goodies at Bruny Island Providore at 53 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay.

TIPS:

  • Adventure Bay is the main shopping spot with a small convenience store at the local petrol station at Dennes Point. We suggest guests stock up at Margate (for fruit & vegg) on the mainland catching the ferry. Optionally stock up at Kingston (outermost suburb from Hobart) at the bigger supermarkets when travelling from Melbourne or Hobart, order online, click and collect. Local providores for specialist gourmet foods and wines are available.
  • Take clothing to cater for all weather including protective clothing, and appropriate walking and hiking shoes, depending on your plans.
  • Hats and sunscreen is needed no matter the weather.
  • A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania’s national parks. Visit Tasmanian Park Passes
  • It’s recommended to fill your car up with fuel before you arrive on Bruny Island. The only fuel available on the island is at Adventure Bay General Store.
  • There is no ATM on the island and it is recommended to carry some cash.

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