Bruny Island Tasmania
Itineraries, Accommodation and Tours for Bruny Island, Tasmania
Bruny Island is a long and thin island, stretching north to south down the southeast coast of Tasmania, forming the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, a naturally protected waterway. Reached only by ferry, Bruny Island is only 30 minutes drive from Hobart, but is a world unto itself.
Abel Tasman sailed past Bruny Island when he discovered Tasmania in 1642, but the first Europeans to come ashore arrived 131 years later in 1773, when Tobias Furneaux landed at Adventure Bay. Captain Cook arrived four years later and carved "Cook 1777" in a tree that survived until being destroyed by a bushfire in 1905. This historic graffiti is remembered today by a plaque at Adventure Bay. In 1788 and 1792, Captain William Bligh (of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame) visited and planted apple trees, the descendants of which are said to be those you can see around Adventure Bay.
Born on Bruny Island, Truganini is widely believed to be the last of the full blood Tasmanian Aboriginals. Details on the history of Bruny Island and its native peoples can be found at the Bruny Island Bligh Museum at Adventure Bay.
If visiting Bruny Island as a self drive, head south form Hobart to Kettering, then take the Ferry to Bruny Island.
Have a look at our Bruny Island Day Drive from Hobart for a full directions on how to take a Day Drive to Bruny Island from Hobart.
Destinations in Tasmania