Welcome to Bruny Island Tasmania
Bruny Island lies at the south eastern tip of Tasmania and is connected bey a short ferry crossing from Kettering, south of Hobart. To see the island properly will take you longer than you think! Stay awhile and relax. You deserve it! For information about Hobart, click here
consists of two islands, very different in character, which are joined by a narrow isthmus, “The Neck“. North Bruny has a drier climate and is well suited to sheep farming whilst South Bruny is more mountainous and has large areas of rain forest in addition to sandy heathlands. Both islands have spectacular scenery with wonderful, deserted beaches and abundant wildlife.
The island is fast becoming a Mecca for visitors, particularly from interstate and overseas, and has become a holiday escape for the people of Hobart, which lies about 1 hour away by road and the ferry, ‘Mirambeena’, from Kettering on the A6 from Hobart.
The population remains steady at approx. 600 residents although there is a large shack-owner population visiting the island on a regular basis.
Bruny Island is well known for its Fairy Penguins, that appear each evening at the beach area known as The Neck. A warden supervises the area during the summer months and plenty of “interpretative” information is available. An evening visit to see the Penguins is well worth the effort.
In recent years the island has become well known for its quality of ‘home grown’ and locally produced food and drink. Shellfish and fish in general, have always been on the menu and one business, ‘Get Shucked‘ has specialised in high quality shellfish. Their centre has a fully licensed oyster bar offering a wide range of oyster dishes, beer, wine, sparkling wines and ciders. The Island also now has its own winery, ‘Bruny Island Premium Wines‘ a small family owned and operated vineyard on picturesque South Bruny.
Fruit growing has become a speciality of the island, with high quality. Cherries are being exported to as far away as Japan, where their high quality is highly valued. Also, in Adventure bay is another berry farm which is open to th public and has picnic area and cafe. With all the high quality fruit and produce, it is not surprising that there is a Cheese factory, again, open to the public with a very nice café. Finally, Hiba, is an award winning family operated business producing artisan chocolate products, including fudges, truffles and chocolate sauces-on site at Hiba. As featured on “Mercurio’s Menu” and “Food Safari”.Available at Salamanca Market, Female Factory Historic Site and fine food retailers.
Amongst the attractions of the island is one particularly exciting one. Sailing from Adventure Bay are Bruny Island Cruises. Their fast yellow craft are specially designed for the waters off the East coast of Bruny Island. They cruise beneath the dramatic cliffs of the island, some of which are the highest in Australia. They venture into sea caves and approach the ‘Breathing Rock’, a water spout. One of the most breathtaking parts of the trip is when they motor, at speed through a sea stack, called ‘the Monument’ and the island. The cruise is not just about speed and dramatic scenery, its also about looking for wildlife, including seals, whales and dolphins as well as Abertros and other sea birds. This trip has a real ‘Wow’ factor.
Bruny Island has always been an important stopping off place for mariners, attracted by fresh water and a place to dry out and repair their vessels. Captain Bligh of the Mutiny on the Bounty fame, Captain Cook, the famous explorer and many other mariners visited Adventure Bay. A museum dedicated to Bligh and a notice board dedicated to Cook are present in Adventure Bay.
Explore and visit our treasures as did the explorers of old. Romance, wildlife, history, beaches, Bruny has it all in abundance!
The Island has all types of Accommodation catering for Travelers, Holiday Makers and those looking for a ‘special place’ for a honeymoon, anniversary occasion.
Enjoy this ‘Lonely planet’ view of Bruny Island