Bruny Island and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel
This itinerary goes southeast from Hobart and will feature an unusual, scenic part of Tasmania. An island off the coast of an island – how different is that?!
Just 30 minutes drive southeast of Hobart, the fact that Bruny Island can only be reached by car ferry (or on a tour) makes it less frequently visited than a lot of other parts of Tasmania.
A visit to Bruny Island is a rare treat, and if you have the time in your Tasmanian itinerary to include it, you will have been over the road less traveled.
Bruny Island is very historic, and was one of the first parts of Tasmania to be explored by early seafarers. The Dutch were the first to arrive in 1642 when Abel Tasman sailed into Adventure Bay.
Captain William Bligh, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, also visited Bruny Island in 1788 and 1792. Bligh’s crew planted some apple trees where they landed at Adventure Bay, and the descendants of these trees are said to be there today.
Aboriginal tribes lived on the Island and across the Channel – their name for the Island was Alonnah Lunawanna.
The Aboriginal name lives on – two of the towns on Bruny Island are named Alonnah and Lunawanna.
Keep your eyes open for a delicious surprise around many corners….