Bruny Island

Nature lovers and foodies heaven

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Bligh Museum
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse - Bruny Island Safaris offer sightseeing and gourmet food tours and bushwalks

Adventure Bay, Bruny Island - Tasmania, Australia
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Albino Bennetts Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)

Southern Lights over Bruny Island
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Tasmanian Seafood Seduction - Gourmet seafood cruise from Hobart to Bruny Island
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Bruny Island Traveller - Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
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Neck Beach
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Bruny Island, Tasmania

Home to breathtaking and diverse landscapes, stunning wildlife, an array of foods to delight the palate and delicious single malts to soothe the soul, Bruny Island is sure to become a repeat destination for your Australian adventures.

Bruny Island, accessed only by ferry off the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Australia, is an adventure in contrast with the state’s open pastures in the north and rainforests in the south. Joined by a narrow isthmus–a term usually exclusive to geography classes–appropriately known as “The Neck”, Bruny Island is Tasmania’s premier island destination, known for its breathtaking views. North Bruny is defined by open pastures and light bushland, while the south is home to the national park and large rainforest areas. Once lit by Australia’s second-oldest lighthouse, a new modern light shines to lead you back to a place that always feels like home.

Getting there

Bring your car with you on The Bruny Island Ferry, The Mirambeena, departing daily from Kettering, a 30-minute drive from Hobart.

History

Neck Beach, Bruny Island, Tasmania, AustraliaIn spite of visits by British explorers dating back to 1773, Bruny Island is named after Bruni d’Entrecasteaux, a French explorer. The spelling was changed from Bruni to Bruny in 1918. James Cook stayed there for two days in 1777, just long enough to carve his initials in a tree, commemorated by a plaque today. Originally inhabited exclusively by Aborigines, a large community continues to exist. Bruny was originally known as Lunawanna-alonnah, and small settlements are known by their original names today. The island has been used for timber, apple orchards, sheep and cattle grazing since the 1830s. Image thanks to: Julia Smith.

Get Ready to Indulge

Bruny Island is sure to please your appetite for food and variety. Whether you’d like to celebrate a special occasion on a private retreat overlooking the sea and the mountains, prefer to rough it on a private eco-camping ground, or commune with nature in a wildlife reserve, prepare for personal bliss.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse - Bruny Island Safaris, Tasmania, AustraliaYou’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to tour the island–almost 100 kilometers long–to experience the dramatically changing landscapes from the highest tip in the north to the Cape Bruny lighthouse in the south. Keep your phone handy for panoramic photos of the Bruny Island coastline and the Tasman Sea from “The Neck”. Tall forests, beaches, farmlands and open bays fulfill all of your Eco desires. Refresh your senses with the smell of eucalyptus and take in the wild coastlines from one of the world’s best eco-cruises from Adventure Bay. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for some of the most exclusive bird watching in the world. Was that a Forty-spotted Pardalote? It sure was!

Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, you may satiate your grumbling belly with fresh berries, handmade cheese, fresh oysters, single malts and more. For the undeniable foodie in you, there are multi-day luxury guided tours with food, wine, and, of course, extraordinary views. Is your hunger for adventure stirring yet? Image thanks to:Tourism Tasmania & Craig Parsey.

Things to do

There’s so much to do, see, eat and enjoy in Bruny. We can’t tell you everything, but here’s a little of what you’ll find on this incredible and singular journey to an island that will surprise you and leave you yearning for more.

Make your way to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse for a guided tour by people who grew up on the rugged coast and can reveal secrets of the convict-built sight dating back to 1836. You’ll enjoy a 25-minute tour and climb the spiral staircase to the lighthouse balcony for iconic views of the Tasman Sea, South East Cape and Whale Head as your guides share first-hand accounts of stories about the last light keepers of Australia. We can’t promise the whales will reveal themselves, but it’s certainly worth a shot.

The Bruny Island Cruises have been named among the Top 100 Trips of the World by New York’s Travel & Leisure Magazine. Explore the coastline in custom-built boats and see seals, dolphins, penguins, white wallabies and more. Also, winner of Australia’s Best Tourist Attraction in 2012, 2014 and 2015, the highly trained, mostly local guides will ensure that your incredible encounters with wildlife are breathtaking. It’s your call, but it may be time for a new camera, because your mobile phone captures may not do this scene justice.

Wildlife lovers

The Black-faced Cormorant awaits you along with the world’s largest population of the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, and up to a third of the world’s population of the Swift Parrot. Bruny isn’t classified by BirdLife International as an “Important Bird Area” for nothing! If you weren’t an ornithologist before, you just may be by the time you leave Bruny.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the smallest penguins Little penguins (Eudyptula minor), Tasmania, Australia in the world, 40 cm in height and weighing in at just a kilogram, with peek viewing from September to February. Be sure to wear dark clothing, as the little fairies are wary. A wildlife guide will be happy to assist you into this world of flightless birds.

Bruny Island also has a thriving population of white wallabies, a rare mutation of the Bennett’s wallaby that results in white fur and pink eyes, nose and claws. With no predators of concern on the island, they populate freely. The albino animals live on the south side of Adventure Bay and are most active at dusk and dawn. An early viewing will feel a bit like Neverland as you watch this unique creature in its natural habitat. Image thanks to: Chi Kueng Renault Wong.

Foodies Heaven

Manuka honey–one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world–is known for its healing powers. Tasmanian honey, straight from the hive, is highly prized amongst connoisseurs, regulars and newcomers alike. With about 400 hives on Bruny Island, be sure to put this sweet take-home delight on your to-buy list.

Bruny Island Premium Wines, Tasmania, AustraliaEnjoy the fruits of 2,500 Pinot Noir and 1,500 Chardonnay vines planted in 1997 which which were extended to 6,000 to satiate your taste buds. Tasmania’s autumn days are perfect for slow fruit ripening conditions for premium cool-climate wines. Bruny Island premium wine tastings and sales are available seven days per week. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

After working with cheese enthusiasts around the world, Bruny Island cheese makers settled on the island to make the cheeses you’ll love to eat. With training in France, Italy, Spain and the UK, they believe in old-school cheese making from the days before the advent of modern cheese technology, with a focus on flavour. The island cheeses are made with the ethical treatment of animals in mind to produce the best environmentally sustainable and tasting cheeses in Bruny.

There are so many ways to immerse in the magical beauty of Bruny Island.

There are island cruises, safaris, nature tours and scenic flights to get your best social media photos. If you’re the brainier type, discover the history of the island that predates the mid-1600’s, before it opened up to European settlement when the timber industry took off in the 1800’s at the Bligh Museum at Adventure Bay.

If you’re an art lover, we welcome you to the art gallery at Dennes Point, featuring the work of local artisans, a unique and imaginative reflection of the environment and culture of the extraordinary and enchanting Bruny Island.

Accomodation on Bruny Island

Stay in a beachside spa apartment, a historic cottage, a farmhouse or a sanctuary retreat on Adventure Bay. There are tree houses, church houses, campgrounds and island retreats. Bruny Island is a retreat that will satisfy almost any palate and a destination adored by all who have the opportunity to live, momentarily, in its magic.

Map of Bruny Island

Australia Holiday Getaway on Bruny Island, Tasmania
Bruny Island - South East
Alonnah, Family Friendly, Large Garden, Bbq, Games Room, Kayaks, Pet Friendly
Alonnah - South East
43 Degrees Bruny Island
Adventure Bay - South
Omaroo Cottage Alonnah Bruny Island
Alonnah - South
Sanctuary Bruny Island
Adventure Bay - South
Mays Creek Cottage
Lunawanna - South
Bruny Island Varuna
Simpsons Bay - South
Bruny Spa Retreat
Adventure Bay - South
Cloudy Bay Villa
South Bruny - South
2 day tour – Two of Tasmania’s best
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Day Tour
Bruny Island
Private Bruny Island Indulgence Day Trip from Hobart
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Cruises Afternoon Cruise (2.5hrs)
Adventure Bay - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise
Adventure Bay - Bruny Island
Cape Bruny Lighthouse Sunset Tour
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Iconic Bruny Islands Lighthouse Tour
Bruny Island
Overnight Charter
Hobart - Derwent River
Two days on Bruny Island with personalised guiding
Bruny Island
Bruny Island Food & Mt Wellington Tour
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Light House Tour
Bruny Island
The Bruny Island Long Weekend
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Bruny Island 3 Day Walk
Bruny Island
Southern Exposure – EPIC Tasmanian Adventures
Hobart
Bruny Island Traveller – Seven-Course Gourmet Day Tour
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart
Hobart - Bruny Island
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
Bruny Island Cruise
Bruny Island Safaris – Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour
Bruny Island
Private Bruny Island Food and Wine Day Tour
Bruny Island
Bruny Island Private Scenic Tour – includes helicopter flight and lunch
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Day Sail Adventure – Bruny Island
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What to do

Bruny Island

Bruny Island Private Scenic Tour - includes helicopter flight and lunch

Bruny Island

Sitting just off mainland Tasmania, Bruny Island is a peaceful oasis where time seems to stand still. Home to relatively untouched rugged landscapes, beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and an abundance of local wildlife, this day tour is sure to impress.

This full day tour includes a private tour, flight and lunch. You will be picked up at your hotel and drive to Kettering where you will catch a ferry across to Bruny island, from there you will travel to Adventure Bay stopping along the way to take a stroll through the South Bruny National Park, home to the famous Fluted Cape and much of the local wildlife, including curious White Wallabies and stopping for lunch.

After lunch you will return to Hobart on your scenic flight. Taking off, you will have the chance to see Bruny Island from the air and get a glimpse of Storm Bay and Tasman Island, before flying up the Derwent River. See the Tasman Bridge and city sites before landing at Cambridge airport. From here you will be returned to your Hobart accommodation by private transfer.

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Day Tour - Flight and lunch

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Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Cruise with Kettering Bus Pickup

Leave your car at Kettering and catch our daily tour bus, which joins up with the 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. You will cruise in the distinctive yellow boats, exploring some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, enter deep sea caves and join in the search for abundant sea and coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.

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

Itinerary

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 Cruise departs

2.00pm Cruise concludes

3.15pm Bus departs, sightseeing

5.00pm Arrive back at Kettering

The bus departs at 8.45am from the Oyster Cove Marina in Kettering, where there is ample free parking available.

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Day Sail Adventure - Bruny Island

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Enjoy sailing aboard a beautiful 32ft Tasmanian timber Lyle Hess design, Bristol Channel Cutter around North Bruny Island. Experience the beauty of the historic D’ Entretcasteaux channel. Learn to sail, or sit back and relax on deck or in the comfortable saloon. See the marine and bird life and magical scenery.
A personalised experience is assured with a maximum of 4 passengers  (or parties of up to 6) on the unique Ubique. Your day will include a sumptuous lunch, featuring seasonal local products, with hot and cold drinks and a glass of Tasmanian wine or beer.

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Sailing Lunch Tour

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Bruny Island Safaris - Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour

Bruny Island

The best way to experience our wonderful island.  Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with our sightseeing and food tour. Taste local fresh
produce; everything from oysters to cider, chocolate, fudge and artisan cheeses. You’ll get to spot wildlife in their habitat, walk the beaches, taste the cheese picnic style on our pristine beaches, smell the rainforests, climb The Neck Lookout and tour the iconic Cape Bruny lighthouse, perched above the craggy Tasmanian coastlines. Photo opps at every turn!

 

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Bruny Island Traveller - Seven-Course Gourmet Day Tour

Hobart - Bruny Island

You’ll visit the home of Bruny Island’s cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky to savour their produce and hear the stories behind the harvest.This is more than a tasting tour – at every stop we sit back, relax and enjoy a fully inclusive experience.

Throughout the day you’ll see incredible scenery.  At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves.  Take a stroll and leave your footprints in the sand of a deserted beach. The light bush of the northern island gives way to the dense rainforest of the south – this pristine wilderness is home to diverse wildlife including rare white wallabies.

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1 Day Tour

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Bruny Island 3 Day Walk

Bruny Island

Join us for a Life’s an Adventure’s 3 day Bruny Island walking experience. Bruny Island is an untouched wonder situated just off the southern-east coast of Tasmania. The island contains an appealing mix of towering dolerite cliffs, long sandy beaches, rich heathlands and eucalypt forests.

On our 3 day walking experience you will explore the natural delights of the island’s diverse landscapes and wildlife as well as tasting the tantalising local produce food which will undoubtedly leave you wanting more, including extravagant cheese, fresh oysters and mellow wine.

 

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The Bruny Island Long Weekend

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The Bruny Island Long Weekend is a 3-day luxury guided food, wine and walking tour.

Guests are treated to coastal walks, produce direct from the source, luxury camping and exquisite meals. Tours operate between October and April.   This tour includes three amazing days to explore Bruny Island, two nights twin/double share accommodation in a luxury tent with a king-size bed, journey to and from Hobart to Bruny Island by private boat, spectacular coastal walks, all food and drinks, expert, qualified guides and all national parks passes.

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Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise

Adventure Bay - Bruny Island

Join Robert Pennicott’s team on an unforgettable 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. Experience Bruny Island’s rugged coastline aboard a custom-built yellow boat. Explore some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, enter deep sea caves and join in the search for abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.  Awarded Australia’s Best Tourist Attraction 2012,2014 and 2015.

 

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Day Sail Adventure - Bruny Island - self catered

A days sailing on the waterways around North Bruny Island, Tasmania aboard a classic 32ft timber yacht. Passengers provide own lunch and we will provide hot and cold drinks and morning snack.

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Private Bruny Island Food and Wine Day Tour

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Get Shucked Oyster Farm, Bruny Island Cheese Co, Bruny Island Chocolate Co, Hotel Bruny, Bruny Island Honey, Truganini Steps, House of Whisky

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Private Bruny Island Food and Wine Day Tour from Hobart 2 - 3 Passengers

Get Shucked Oyster Farm, Bruny Island Cheese Co, Bruny Island Chocolate Co, Hotel Bruny, Bruny Island Honey, Truganini Steps, House of Whisky

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Private Bruny Island Nature Day Tour from Hobart 2 - 3 Passengers

Lighthouse on Cape Bruny, Truganini Lookout, Mavista Nature Walk, Lunch at Premium Wines, Adventure Bay

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Private Bruny Island Nature Day Tour from Hobart 4 - 7 Passengers

Lighthouse on Cape Bruny, Truganini Lookout, Mavista Nature Walk, Lunch at Premium Wines, Adventure Bay

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Cruise Ship Shore Excursion - Bruny Island Tour 9am - 6pm

Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour. Meet the islands finest food producers, see the amazing coastlines and National Park. Includes lunch, all food tastings, park entry & CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE TOUR.

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Cruise Ship Shore Excursion 2 - Bruny Island Tour 7am - 5.30pm

Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour. Meet the islands finest food producers, see the amazing coastlines and National Park. Includes lunch, all food tastings, white wallaby in the wild, park entry & CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE TOUR.

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Where to Stay

Bruny Island

Te Kuiti Bruny Island Cottage

Alonnah - South

Situated near the beach in Alonnah, this vacation home is in the same region as Bay of Islands, Bruny Island Ferry Terminal, and Esperance Bay Park. Regional attractions also include Kents Beach and Port Esperance.
This vacation home features a library, a garden, and barbecue grills. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.
Limited housekeeping is available.

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Bruny Spa Retreat

Adventure Bay - South

Situated near the beach in Adventure Bay, this vacation home is close to Bay of Islands. Area attractions also include Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration and Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.
This vacation home features concierge services, laundry facilities, and tour/ticket assistance. Free continental breakfast and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a garden, barbecue grills, and a picnic area are onsite.
The vacation home has 2 bedrooms and offers an iPod dock and a DVD player. A kitchen comes with a refrigerator and an oven, and guests will also find upscale touches like a fireplace and a jetted tub. Limited housekeeping is available.

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Mandala Bruny Island

Alonnah - South

Located in the heart of Alonnah, this vacation home is within 15 km of Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve, and Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Bay of Islands and Bruny Island Ferry Terminal are also within 40 km.
Laundry facilities, an arcade/game room, and express check-in are available at this vacation home. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include barbecue grills.
The vacation home has 4 bedrooms and offers free WiFi and a DVD player. Guests can enjoy a fireplace, and other amenities include a kitchen with a refrigerator and an oven. Weekly housekeeping is available.

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Manfield Seaside Bruny Island

Alonnah - South

Situated near the beach in Alonnah, this vacation home is in the same region as Bay of Islands, Esperance Bay Park, and Kents Beach. Regional attractions also include Port Esperance and St. Imre Vineyard.
Along with a garden, this vacation home has barbecue grills and free self parking.
Housekeeping is available once per stay.

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43 Degrees Bruny Island

Adventure Bay - South

Situated near the beach in Adventure Bay, this cabin is in the same area as Bay of Islands, Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration and Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve. Area attractions also include Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

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Bruny Island Varuna

Simpsons Bay - South

Situated in Simpsons Bay, this cottage is in the same region as Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve, and Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

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Bruny Island Escapes and Hotel Bruny

Alonnah - South

These apartments are located throughout the area in Alonnah.

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Sanctuary Bruny Island

Adventure Bay - South

This beachfront cabin is located in Adventure Bay, where area attractions include Bay of Islands.

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Omaroo Cottage Alonnah Bruny Island

Alonnah - South

Situated in Alonnah, this vacation home is in the same area as Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve, and Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

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