A microcosm of Tasmania
There is good reason locals flock to Bruny Island- so why not head where the locals holiday. A short 20-minute ferry ride off the southeast corner of Tasmania, Bruny is best described as a compact version of Tassie’s finest. On the edge of the grand Southern Ocean you’ll find freshly shucked oysters, Australia’s southern-most vineyard, wild seascapes, award-winning cheeses, towering dolerite sea cliffs and empty surf beaches.
Hop on the ferry at Kettering, a 40 minute drive south of Hobart, bound for an island about the size of Singapore with a population of around 650 happy locals. White wallabies, fur seals, little penguins, pademelons, echidnas and endemic bird species also call Bruny home.
There’s plenty of stories from the past, ranging from Aboriginal inhabitants who referred to the island as Alonnah Lunawanna to the arrival of Europeans at Adventure Bay. Tobias Furneaux was the first recorded European to make land in 1773, followed by James Cook, Matthew Flinders, and William Bligh, however the island is named after French explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux.
About 100 kilometres metres in length, Bruny is made up of a north and south island, separated by an area known as “The Neck”. At this narrow isthmus, head up the steps of Truganini Lookout to get your bearings. The drier northern island is home to the township of Dennes Point and has sweeping, open pastures. South Bruny is far more rugged. Here, you’ll find large tracts of rainforest, Cape Bruny Lighthouse and South Bruny National Park; well worth lacing up your boots and exploring.