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Nature lovers, discover the tonic of wilderness on beautiful Bruny Island. Immerse yourself in nature, take in scenic views of the coast and the bush, spot a delightful array of wildlife, and develop your photography skills.

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats offer a beautiful range of accommodation, with holiday homes suitable for large groups or intimate getaways. They also offer all-inclusive adventure and photography packages, for the ultimate island escape.

How to get to Bruny Island

The ferry to Bruny Island departs from the small seaside town of Kettering, a 35-minute drive south from Hobart. Ferries run regularly throughout the daytime (see the timetable) and it’s only a 20-minute crossing. It can get very busy during peak travel periods, so be sure to allow plenty of time.

Tip: As you travel to your accommodation, stop along the way and pick up gourmet island produce to feast upon at your digs.

Accommodation options

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats have nine accommodation options to choose from (book via their website). There is something for everyone, from group and family getaways, to romantic retreats.

  • Bruny Island Lodge: A rustic timber chalet on the hill above Oyster Cove on Mickey’s Bay (up to 24 people).
  • Cloudy Bay Cabin: A welcoming little timber cottage surrounded by the South Bruny National Park (up to 6 people).
  • Cloudy Bay Beach House: A modern, sophisticated beach house in a breath-taking location (up to 6 people).
  • Cloudy Bay Villa: A two-storey house on a gentle rise over Whalebone Point with amazing views (up to 10 people).
  • Cloudy Bay Lagoon Estate: A wonderfully appointed architecturally designed home sitting at the edge of Cloudy Bay Lagoon (up to 12 people).
  • Saintys Creek Cottage: A secluded cottage in the bush, a short walk from tranquil Saintys Creek (up to 4 people).
  • Taylors Bay Cottage: A fisherman’s cottage with a unique design on the shores of Little Taylors Bay (up to 4 people).
  • Ventor Guest House: A property blending old world charm and modern convenience on Little Taylors Bay (up to 10 people).
  • Pier House: A beautiful self-contained 2-bedroom cottage (6 king single beds/ 3 king size beds).

Photography workshops

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats offer all-inclusive adventure packages, combining photography, exploring, locally sourced food and drink, transport, and premium accommodation. Your hosts will show you their favourite shoot locations, including secret spots on private reserves.

Choose from the following Bruny Island Photography Tours:

  • Bruny Island Landscape Tour
  • Bruny Island Astro Tour
  • Bruny Island Aurora Tour
  • Bruny Island Stop-down Tour.

Some guests in the past have been lucky enough to spot bioluminescence (or sea sparkle), an Aurora Australis, rare bird life (twitchers rejoice as Bruny is home to abundant birdlife, including all 12 species endemic to Tasmania), albino wallabies and whales!

More than just a stay

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats offer so much more than a getaway. Their overriding motivation is to preserve the environment whilst providing visitors with unforgettable experiences.  Each of the unique properties are furnished to make you feel completely at home, so you are ready to get out and explore Bruny and discover its magical secrets.

The owner and property managers recognise that Bruny is more than just a beautiful island – it is also a beautiful community, so they support local businesses by buying locally and supporting local services wherever possible. Your stay helps them protect what is special about Bruny by promoting cultural awareness and respect as part of the experience with your stay. So if you’re looking for a stay with a difference, knowing you’re putting something back into the community and making it better than when you arrived, this is the place for you.

Things to do nearby

Bruny Island is a microcosm of Tasmania’s best.

  • Go for a long walk along the beach at windswept Cloudy Bay (and check out the loo with a view).
  • Surf the waves at Cloudy Bay Beach.
  • Go stargazing or aurora chasing.
  • Drive to the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse (c. 1838) and take a sunset tour.
  • Head out to eat at Bruny Island Premium Wines or Hotel Bruny.
  • Explore the walking tracks within the South Bruny National Park and beyond.
  • Go bird-watching and try and spot Tasmania’s 12 endemic birds (they are all found on Bruny Island).
  • Look for wildlife, including Bruny Island’s famous white wallabies (they are often spotted around Adventure Bay).
  • Take an exhilarating eco-cruise from Adventure Bay with Bruny Island Cruises.
  • Climb the stairs at The Neck and check out the panoramic views.
  • Go penguin watching at dusk at The Neck . To protect the wildlife, please follow the penguin watching guidelines and PWS Ranger instructions at all times.

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We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.


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Cloudy Bay Beach House | Supplied by Bruny Island Coastal Retreats


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