Bruny Island Cruises

Adventure Bay - Bruny Island
Self drive to Adventure Bay and join our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. See towering sea cliffs, explore caves and sea stacks. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds.

Set Sail with Bruny Island Cruises and experience the scenic beauty of Tasmania’s rugged coastline, where every turn reveals a new marvel of nature. From the towering sea cliffs to encounters with a wide range of marine wildlife, you can see it all on the Bruny Island Cruise.

Bout cruise near southern Bruny IslandWhat You Will Experience

Sightseeing on the Bruny Island Cruise, you are set to witness the beauty of Tasmania’s southern coastline. The tour takes you along some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, where the sheer magnitude of nature’s craftsmanship is on full display. These towering formations, sculpted by the relentless forces of wind and water, stand as silent sentinels over the ocean.

As the cruise navigates through the pristine waters, you’ll enjoy the sight of deep sea caves and unique rock formations. The ‘Breathing Rock’ and the narrow passage by ‘The Monument’ are just a few of the geological wonders that make this trip the Best Tourist Attraction near by.

The marine life in these waters is as diverse as it is abundant. The cruise offers passengers a chance to spot a variety of sea birds, each with their own unique patterns and behaviors. The waters around Bruny Island are a haven for seals, often seen lounging on rocks or playfully swimming in the surf. Dolphins are a common sight, their graceful arcs through the water a spectacle to see. During certain seasons, you may even witness migrating whales, a truly humbling experience that connects you to the vastness of the ocean.

Throughout the cruise, the interaction between land, sea, and wildlife creates a symphony of natural experiences. It’s a journey that not only showcases the beauty of Bruny Island but also reminds us of the intricate and delicate balance of our natural world.
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General Information

Cruise Duration: The Bruny Island Cruise is a 3-hour journey, offering an immersive experience into the heart of Tasmania’s natural beauty.

Departure Point: The cruise departs daily from Adventure Bay on Bruny Island. Guests have the option to drive to Adventure Bay or utilize our convenient bus service from Kettering or Hobart.

Cruise Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM Cruise (1 December to 28 April): Check-in by 9:30 AM; cruise from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • 11:00 AM Cruise (All Year): Check-in by 10:30 AM; cruise from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
  • 1:30 PM Cruise (1 December to 28 April): Check-in by 1:00 PM; cruise from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

Getting There: From Hobart, it’s a 45-minute drive south to the Bruny Island Ferry Terminal in Kettering. The ferry crossing takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Once on Bruny Island, it’s a 40-minute drive to our visitor centre at Adventure Bay.

Food and Beverages: While food is not included in the tour price, guests are welcome to bring their own. Alternatively, morning tea and lunch can be purchased from our Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant.

Dress Code: We recommend dressing warmly for the cruise. Jackets, scarves, beanies, and gloves are advisable, especially in cooler months.

Health and Safety: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we prioritize the health and safety of our guests. We offer full refunds for cancellations due to illness or travel restrictions related to the pandemic.

Accessibility: We strive to make our cruises accessible to everyone. For specific accessibility information, please refer to our Accessibility Guide.

Tour Options: Bus pickup and sightseeing from Kettering & and a full-day bus tour from Hobart are available options that include this boat cruise. View Tour Types

Essential Things to Know Before Your Bruny Island Cruise

Booking in Advance is Crucial: Due to the popularity and bookings and guides being limited, we strongly recommend booking your tickets well in advance. This ensures you secure your preferred date and time for the cruise. Tours operate daily except on Christmas Day.

Dress Appropriately: Weather can be unpredictable in the Tasman Sea. Dress in layers, and bring a waterproof jacket. Even in warmer months, the sea breeze can be cool, especially when the boat is in motion.

Motion Sickness Precautions: People prone to motion sickness, consider taking preventative measures. The waters can sometimes be choppy, so it’s best to be prepared.

Arrival Time: Arrive at the departure point at least 30 minutes before your scheduled cruise time. This allows for a smooth check-in process and ensures the boats depart on time.

Ferry to Bruny Island: If you’re coming from the mainland, remember to factor in the ferry ride to Bruny Island. Check the ferry schedule in advance and plan to arrive at the terminal early to avoid missing your connection.

Food and Drink: While food is not included in the tour price, you can bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Alternatively, food can be purchased at local restaurants and cafes.

  • Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant – Indoor & outdoor seating serving local produce and fresh Tasmanian seafood. Located at tour departure.
  • Mari Bruny Cafe – Delicious gourmet food. Indoor and outdoor seating at a lovely waterfront restaurant. 5 minute drive from Bruny Island Cruises.
  • Bruny Island Chocolate Co – Serves delicious treats. 15 minute drive from Bruny Island Cruises.
  • Bruny Island – Features locally produced cheeses, beers, & bread. 25 minute drive from Bruny Island Cruises.

Camera and Binoculars: Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the stunning scenery and wildlife. Binoculars can also enhance your experience, especially for bird watching and spotting distant wildlife.

Respect Wildlife: While encountering wildlife is a highlight of the cruise, it’s important to observe them respectfully and quietly to avoid disturbance.

Safety Briefing: Pay attention to the safety briefing provided by the crew before departure. Safety on board our ship is paramount, and understanding the procedures ensures a secure and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Bruny Island Cruise Options & Add-Ons

Bruny Island Cruise Only

Bruny Island Cruise With Kettering Bus Pickup and Tour

The tour includes the 3 Hour Cruise, ferry crossing and some sightseeing on Bruny Island as we travel to Adventure Bay.

  • 8.30am Meet the bus at our Kettering Meeting Point
  • 8.45am Bus departs, ferry crossing to Bruny Island
  • 10.30am Arrive at Bruny Island Cruises Booking Centre in AdventureBay
  • 11.00am Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise departs (details below)
  • 2.00pm Cruise concludes
  • 3.15pm Bus departs, sightseeing
  • 5.00pm Arrive back at Kettering

Bruny Island Cruise With Hobart Pickup and Full Day Tour

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on Bruny Island, including return guided bus tour, morning tea, lunch and our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise.

  • 07:30am – Check in at the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre
  • 09:00am – Ferry crossing
  • 10.30am – Morning Tea at Adventure Bay
  • 11:00am – 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise (details below)
  • 02:00pm – Cruise concludes, Lunch
  • 03:15pm – Bus departs, sightseeing
  • 04:30pm – Ferry crossing
  • 05:30pm – Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off


Frequently Asked Questions:

Are raincoats provided for Bruny Island Cruises?

Yes, raincoats are provided on Bruny Island Cruises. Given the unpredictable

nature of Tasmanian weather, it’s important for guests to stay dry and comfortable during the cruise. These raincoats are suitable for the conditions you might encounter at sea. However, guests are also encouraged to dress appropriately and bring their own waterproof gear if they prefer.

Are there toilets on Bruny Island Cruises?

Yes, toilets are available on the boats. The facilities are designed

to be comfortable and convenient for guests during the 3-hour cruise. It’s always a good idea to use the facilities at the visitor center before boarding, but rest assured that you will have access to toilets on board if needed.

Can I bring my own food and drinks on the cruise?

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic

beverages on the cruise. While food is not included in the tour price, it’s important for guests to stay hydrated and energized, especially considering the duration of the cruise. Remember to bring snacks or a light meal, especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

Is the cruise suitable for children?

Yes, the Bruny Island Cruise is a family-friendly activity.

Children of all ages are welcome and tend to find the experience both educational and exciting. However, it’s important for parents to supervise their children at all times to ensure their safety and enjoyment throughout the journey.

What wildlife might I see on the cruise?

You may see a diverse range of marine wildlife, including seals,

dolphins, and various seabirds. During certain seasons, you might also spot migrating whales. The exact wildlife sightings can vary depending on the time of year and day-to-day conditions.

What else is there to do in the area?

There are numerous other tours, sightseeing, hiking, restaurant and

general exploration on and around Bruny Island. concierge specializes in assisting people with creating the perfect holiday on Tasmania.

From AU$175 per Guest
  • Highlights
  • 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise
  • Activity Duration
  • 3 hours
  • Activity Location
  • Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, TAS
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