Weekend Adventure: 7 Things to Do on Bruny Island

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Bruny Island is the perfect place for a special weekend away. Discover a range of amazing experiences, admire the stunning scenery, and indulge in gourmet island bounty. You could easily stay for longer, or even combine your Bruny trip with a bigger Southern Trove adventure through the Channel, Huon Valley, and Far South of Tasmania.

To get to Bruny Island, catch the ferry across from Kettering (a 35 minute drive south from Hobart). We’ve put together a few tips to help you make the most of your time on the island.

1. Admire the views at The Neck

The scenic isthmus of land connecting north and south—known as ‘The Neck’—is a must do when visiting Bruny. Climb the stairs to the top and take in the panoramic views from Truganini Lookout. It is important to stick to the pathways, as little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters nest in the dunes.

2. Enjoy a scenic flight

Island Scenic Flights can take you up in a Cessna 182 and show you the world Bruny (shining, shimmering, splendid). You might be going up but your jaw will be dropping down. From the air, soak up spectacular views of the island, including The Neck, Adventure Bay, the east coast of South Bruny, the Friars (home to many seals), Cloudy Bay, Cape Bruny and the historic lighthouse, and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel.

3. Get out on the water

The water is a fantastic way to view the rugged coastal scenery. At Adventure Bay, jump aboard Bruny Island Cruises and enjoy all the excitement of their three hour eco-cruise. Keep an eye out for majestic sea birds, dolphins playing chasings with the boat, noisy groups of layabout seals, migrating whales (in season), and other sea life. (Rest assured, this is a much happier experience than watching David Attenborough’s heart-wrenching ‘Our Planet’ on Netflix.)

In addition to their fantastic Bruny cruise, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offer a range of tours around southern Tasmania. Options include the Bruny Island Traveller, Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, Iron Pot Cruises, Tasman Island Cruises, and the cruise at the start of the Three Capes Track.

Another special way to explore the scenic waterways around Bruny Island is to charter a sail with SailTas. Join the skipper in a unique sailing experience on board their luxurious yacht. Feel the wind in your hair as you explore the crystal clear waterways and secluded bays around the island.

4. Eat & drink

Bruny is one bountiful island, with gourmet produce galore. Pick up some artisan goods and find a secluded spot for a picnic, or dine in and enjoy the full service. A few of our picks include: Bruny Island Premium Wines, Bar & Grill, Hotel Bruny, the Bruny Island Honey Company, the Bruny Island House of Whisky, and Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co.

5. Tour a historic lighthouse

A tour of the Cape Bruny Lighthouse with Bruny Island Safaris is an unforgettable experience (yes, we’re going round the twist). The lighthouse was first lit in 1838 and guided countless souls to safety until it retired in 1996, when a solar powered light nearby took up the noble cause. Today, this historic treasure oozes 19th century charm. A guided tour, with fascinating tales about the history and keepers of the past, is as close as you’ll come to hearing the walls talk.

As well as dedicated lighthouse tours, Bruny Island Safaris offer a range of experiences, including: the full day Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour; the two-day Bruny Island Overnight Explorer; and the Bruny Island Nature & Bushwalking Tour.

6. Explore the South Bruny National Park

The South Bruny National Park is ripe for adventure, with rugged coastal scenery, epic sea cliffs, secluded beaches, enchanting forest, a delightful array of bird species and wildlife, and even a historic lighthouse. Don’t forget your Parks Pass.

There are many fantastic walks within the park, including: the Grass Point (1.5 hrs / 4 km return) and Fluted Cape track (2.5 hrs / 5.4 km circuit) from Adventure Bay; the East Cloudy Head Track (4 hrs / 12 km return) from Cloudy Bay Beach; and the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit (5 hrs / 17.5 km). Keep an eye out for wildlife, including the special white wallaby.

7. Have fun at the beach

One of the perks of island life is being spoilt for choice with beautiful beaches. Sheltered options good for families include Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach in the south, and Killora Beach and Nebraska Beach in the north. Surfers will have a ball at Cloudy Bay, as well as at Mabel Bay opposite. For a little bit of romance, whisk your beloved away to Sunset Bay at Alonnah (yes, at sunset!). For some adventure, head along the Cape Queen Elizabeth track and find the rocky archway in the sand on Miles Beach.


Stay

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats offer a range of beautiful accommodation options, perfect for those seeking a peaceful getaway amidst the island’s wilderness. They are passionate about the preservation and celebration of Bruny’s natural beauty, rich cultural landscape, and wildlife. Choose from Bruny Island Lodge, Cloudy Bay Beach House, Cloudy Bay Villa, Cloudy Bay Lagoon Estate, Cloudy Bay Cabin, Saintys Creek Cottage, Taylors Bay Cottage, and Ventnor Guest House.

Other accommodation on Bruny Island includes: Hotel BrunyBruny Island Explorers Cottages, and Captain Cook Holiday Park. Camping is also available at The Neck Game Reserve and Cloudy Bay.


For regional self-drive itinerary suggestions, see Journeys.

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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Header image:
The Neck | @stevarladventures/Instagram

Words:
Isabel Galloway

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