Bruny Island is not only a place of natural beauty, it is also a foodie haven and when visiting the small island, you might be surprised by the abundance of incredible local produce on offer.
Located a 30-minute drive from Hobart and a short ferry ride, Bruny Island might be close to the city but a visit here and you will feel miles from anywhere.
Bruny Island Cheese
Tassie cheese? Yes, please! A visit to Bruny Island Cheese is a must when experiencing the island. Crafted by local farmer Nick Haddow using traditional techniques, Bruny Island cheese’s selection changes seasonally and are regarded as being some of the finest artisan cheeses in Australia. The onsite restaurant offers delicious cheese plates along with locally made beers in a beautiful native setting. Top tip: try the baked cheese!
Get Shucked Oysters
Nothing says Tasmania like some freshly shucked oysters. Drop in to Get Shucked Oysters, find a spot in the sun and enjoy some delicious oysters and a glass of Tassie sparkling wine. Alternatively, pick up some takeaway oysters from the drive-through station and enjoy a gourmet picnic on the beach.
Bruny Island Honey
Drop by The Bruny Island Honey Company on the island and pick up tasty Tasmanian honey. Open 7 days, the honey varieties include Fennel Honey, Forest, Bruny Island Bush, Leatherwood, Manuka, and plenty more!
Nothing beats freshly baked sourdough and cakes and the Bruny Baker does it oh-so-well. Not only are their homemade baked goods delicious, they also serve them out of a very cool vintage fridge on the side of the road. The fridge can be found on the corner of Sheepwash Road and Main Road, Bruny Island.
Bruny Island Chocolate
Drop by the cute little Bruny Island Chocolate shop and indulge in some chocolate treats. Located at Adventure Bay, the chocolate shop is the perfect place to pick up some treats for your adventures around the island.
The shop is open from 10 am – 4 pm daily at 55 Adventure Bay Rd.
Bruny Island House of Whisky
The Bruny Island House of Whisky is the perfect place for whisky lovers to taste some of Tasmania’s finest. Drop-in and explore the wide range of spirits and be guided by the knowledgeable staff.
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Located on the south of the island, Bruny Island Premium Wines is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy lunch in the on-site restaurant which features a wide range of local producers and sip their delicious Tasmanian wines. The cellar door and restaurant is open from 11 am for lunch, 7 days, and Saturday nights from 6 pm.
Cafes and Restaurants
Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant
Enjoy delicious seafood while overlooking the stunning Adventure Bay at Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant. Featuring Tasmanian market fish, homemade soups, and baguettes packed with fresh ingredients, the restaurant is the perfect place to refuel after cruising around the Bruny coastline. The restaurant served meals between 11 am and 3 pm daily.
Hotel Bruny is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and a drink when visiting Bruny. Serving up fresh tassie seafood along with the pub classics, the hotel’s relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make it a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. Find a spot in the sun on the deck in the warmer months or sip warm cider by the fire in winter.
The Bruny Hotel can be found in Alonnah and is open 7 days from midday.
Bruny Island Wild
Located at the picturesque Dennes Point at the far north of the island, Bruny Island Wild is a beautiful cafe overlooking the D’entrecasteaux Channel and mountains beyond. Dishing up breakfasts of fresh, local produce, you’ll also find a delicious range of wood-fired pizzas to enjoy. Bookings for the cafe are essential.
Bruny Island Safaris
Take the hassle out of your visit to Bruny Island and let Bruny Island Safaris guide you on your culinary journey. Not only will you taste the best of what Bruny has to offer, you will also discover the island’s beautiful natural attractions and explore the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The sightseeing tour includes morning tea, lunch, tastings and picks guests up from Hobart daily.
Bruny Island Traveller
Taste your way around the island with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ Bruny Island Traveller tour. The tour includes walks in the Bruny wilderness (keep an eye out for the famous white wallaby!), an exclusive tasting at Bruny Island Cheese, lunch at the Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant followed by tastings and ice cream from Bruny Island Honey. You’ll also get a chance to pick up some fresh Tassie oysters for the journey home. The tour includes pick up and drop off from Hobart.
Eat the Wild
Dine on fresh seafood by the shore, seared kangaroo in the bush and an oyster sucking masterclass on the beach with Eat the Wild’s curated food and beverage journey. Cruise around in comfort in Eat the Wild’s van (that also features a custom designed kitchen at the rear) and uncover all of Bruny Island’s local hotspots. Pick up is available in and around Hobart.
Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures
Hit the water and experience Bruny Island from a different perspective. Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures offers half day cruises from Hobart to Bruny Island where you will feast on the freshest seafood, straight from the ocean! Taste abalone, Tasmanian rock lobster, oysters and sea urchins that are caught in front of you and cooked onboard. Talk about fresh!
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
Jump aboard Pennicott’s little yellow boat and explore the waters off Bruny Island with the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction cruise. Visit a salmon farm, enjoy freshly shucked oysters and rock lobster and watch your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin. Enjoy a feast onboard the boat, complemented with Tasmanian wine, beer and cider while you enjoy the pristine scenery of the region. Tours run daily from September – June and via private charter in July and August.
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