Bruny Island is an Tasmanian holiday paradise. Located just a 20 minute ferry ride from the town of Kettering (a beautiful 75 minute drive south of Hobart) in South East Tasmania, this beautiful little island is approximately 100km in length and technically is actually two land masses. North and South Bruny are joined by a long, narrow sandy isthmus known locally as “The Neck”. We recently sent @tassiegrammer over to uncover some of the islands activities, locations and accommodation venues.
Here are a few of the wonderful things Jason got up to while on Bruny Island. Of course this is by no means a comprehensive list of things to do, but will get you started when you are planning your next Bruny Island adventure.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
No Bruny Island adventure is complete without a trip with the multi award winning and world conquering Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. The Bruny Island Cruise tour departs daily at 11am from the southern end of Adventure Bay, and a second daily tour operates from the 15th Dec – 15th April at 2pm. The journey takes you along some some of the the tallest dolerite sea cliffs in the world as you head south from Adventure Bay along the stunning Bruny Island coastline. You will witness and pass by the stunning ruggedness of landmarks such as “The Monument”, experience sea caves up close and personal and journey into the great Southern Ocean on your way to “The Friars”, a group of islands that are home to an Australian Fur Seal colony. You are almost guaranteed to see other marine life such as dolphins, albatross, short tailed shearwaters and if you are very lucky, whales as they are migrating further south to Antartica.
For more information please visit the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys website.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys – Australian Fur Seal – © @tassiegrammer on Instagram
Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours
Tours to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse are operated by Bruny Island Safaris. The lighthouse towers 114m high and was built in 1836. It is the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in Australia and the views from the top of the beautiful wrought iron stairs will have you looking in all directions at the stunning coastal views. Bruny Island Safaris have two different lighthouse tours, one during the day which operates from 10am – 3pm daily, and a sunset lighthouse tour operating on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Nights beginning approximately 1 hour before the official sunset time. Bruny Island Safaris co-owner Craig Parsey´s family were one of the last few true Lighthouse Keepers to operate the lighthouse and his insights into the incredible history of this remote location are told from personal experience.
For more information please visit the Bruny Island Safaris website.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse Sunset – © @tassiegrammer on Instagram
Island Scenic Flights
What better way is there to see any vast, scenic location than by air? Island Scenic Flights departs North Bruny Island on 35 minute flights above the incredibly scenic sea cliffs, the very southern point of Bruny Island and “The Friars”, Cape Bruny Lighthouse, above the D’Entrecastreaux Channel and Satellite Island, and of course the amazing isthmus connecting North and South Bruny Island together. On a clear day you can see far into the Southern Ocean and across to the beautiful Hartz Mountains and other areas in Southern Tasmania. Your experienced pilot Peter will provide you a very knowledgable history of the region while he guides you in his Cessna light aircraft. Ensure you take a good camera with you as the views are simply stunning in every direction you look.
For more information please visit the Island Scenic Flights website.
Island Scenic Flights – Bruny Island Neck – © @tassiegrammer on Instagram
43 Degrees Bruny Island – Adventure Bay
Adventure Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island is the perfect place to stay during any Bruny Island adventure. After departing the ferry, take the main road south for approximately a 35 minute drive south and directly across the main jetty, or at the north end of Adventure Bay you will find the beautiful 43 Degrees Bruny Island accommodation properties. In all there are 7 individual building with choices of waterfront or beachside boutique accommodation. Each apartment will sleep four adults and have beautifully appointed rooms and amenities. Adventure Bay is the ideal launch point for any of the local tours and walks and the just a short 10 minute walk from any of the apartments there is the local supermarket, cafe tennis courts and multiple walking tracks.
For more information please visit the 43 Degrees Bruny Island website.
43 Degrees Bruny Island – © @tassiegrammer on Instagram
Curlew Villa – Bruny Island Escapes
Curlew Villa is one of the newest accommodation options on Bruny Island and is located at Alonnah and overlooks the very scenic D’Entrecastreaux Channel. The beautifully appointed villa has two bedrooms, each with it’s own bathroom, a huge balcony and a large kitchen and open planning living space. Curlew Villa is the perfect option for either a family or one or two couples and is located a 5 minute drive away from the very popular Hotel Bruny. Kick back and relax with your feet up after spending your days exploring in the Nordic reclining chairs and enjoy a very comfortable night sleep in the five star bedding. You will feel right at home in this beautiful accommodation property.
For more information please visit the Bruny Island Escapes website.
43 Degrees Bruny Island – © @tassiegrammer on Instagram
Bruny Island House of Whisky
The Bruny Island House of Whisky is either the first stop or last stop from the ferry on the typical Bruny Island adventure. The Bruny Island House of Whisky was previously known as the Bruny Island Smokehouse, but a shift in focus of the business saw the owners focussing on promoting the ever growing Tasmanian Whisky industry. For those that do not have time to visit each and every distillery throughout the state, you will be able to sample whisky from each local distiller and purchase many rare and award winning single malts all in the one place. While you are there, try the whisky tasting flights or the wonderful platters and sample some of the smoked locally sourced goodies which are still produced by the business owners. We challenge you to not want to take home a bottle or two from the wonderful collection available.
For more information please visit the Bruny Island House of Whisky website.
Bruny Island House of Whisky – © @tassiegrammer on Instagram