Tasmania’s naturally beautiful and wildly rugged Bruny Island sits off the south-eastern coast and is the perfect location for a side trip for Hobart visitors who appreciate the great outdoors. Besides enjoying adventures in the wilderness, you can also delight in its stunning beaches and indulge in local gourmet food and wine.
Bruny Island is, in fact, two islands joined by a slender isthmus known as ‘the Neck’. Just some of the experiences to be enjoyed on this sparsely populated gem nestled on the Tasman Sea include trekking one of the many scenic bush walk trails or swimming and surfing at your choice of stunning (and secluded) beaches.
Wildlife lovers will also delight in the charming array of animal species that call the island home. These include gorgeous white wallabies, fairy penguins, fur seals, spotted quolls and a variety of bird species to name a few.
There’s a range of aquatic adventures to be lapped up off the island’s spectacular coast as well – from scuba diving with leafy sea dragons to all-inclusive fishing charters and exciting boat cruise tours that will see you journeying into deep sea caves and spotting marine life such as dolphins, seals and even whales (if you visit at the right time of year).
Back on dry land you can join a fairy penguin watching tour, go berry picking (not available during winter months), visit the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse and sample the sumptuous selection of local food and drink specialities, including fresh oysters, cheeses, wines and single malt whisky.
Because the island stretches almost 100 kilometres long, it’s a good idea to take your time and spend at least a few days there. Cosy self-contained cottages, beachfront retreats, caravan parks and camping options are available.
Bruny Island is accessed by car ferry from Kettering, just a 30–40 minute drive south of Hobart. Taking your own car or hiring one in Hobart is essential, as public transport is not available on this peaceful island.