Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Bruny IslandCatch the ferry to a wilderness wonderland...Bruny Island is home to some of Tasmania's best food producers, showcasing a variety of artisan cheese, oysters, seafood, fudge, wine, and spirits.
Wild seascapes, towering dolerite sea cliffs, wonderful coastal walks, abundant birdlife and a historic lighthouse are all features of Bruny Island. The Island has a population of around 500 people and is home to artisanal producers specializing in oysters, cheese and chocolate. Access to the island is a 20-minute crossing by vehicular ferry from Kettering, a 35-minute drive south of Hobart. Bruny Island appears to be two separate islands but they're joined at the Neck - the isthmus connecting North and South Bruny Island. Walks on 'Bruny' include the coastal track to Penguin Island and Fluted Cape from Adventure Bay, beach walks on Cloudy Bay or the full-day circuit of the Labillardiere Peninsula. A highlight is South Bruny National Park, with towering cliffs, coastal heathland, underwater gardens of kelp seaweed and amazing bush walks. Look out for Bennetts wallabies, pademelons, echidna and wombats. And from November to April each year, short-tailed shearwaters arrive to mate and breed along the shore before heading out on their long journey to the northern hemisphere. For those interested in Australia's colonial heritage, the lighthouse at Cape Bruny was built between 1836 and 1838 with convict labour. The Bruny Island Ferry Service runs seven days a week and you can check the timetable at (03) 6273 6725.
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Tour the Bruny Island Lighthouse
Experience the raw beauty of Bruny Island's coastline and enlightening historic tour of the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, with mesmerizing views from the Lighthouse balcony and surrounding jagged sea cliffs of Southern Tasmania. The drive into the South Bruny National park departing from Hobart and crossing to the island by ferry is an experience on its own with many wonderful lookouts along the way. Enter the lighthouse with your expert tour guide and climb the spiral stairs to the Prism room and hear stories of an era long forgotten by many. The photo opportunities from the balcony are plentiful, making this a must-do on Bruny Island. The superbly engineered lighthouse prisms remain in working order and are unique to see close up. Learn about this early iconic navigational landmark, how it was built by convicts, and how life was for a lighthouse keeper in this far south corner of our world. The Lighthouse is on the Southern tip of the island and it takes about a one-hour drive from the ferry terminal and about a 45-minute drive from Adventure Bay.
Indulge at Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Bruny Island Cheese Co. is an artisan cheesemaker in southern Tasmania, founded by Nick Haddow. Our cheeses are all made and matured using traditional techniques and are some of the finest artisan cheeses made in Australia. The cheeses Bruny Island Cheese Co. makes are very much the product of Nick's travels and training throughout the great cheese producing regions of France, Italy, Spain and the UK. They are the cheeses he loves to make and eat. Nick and his team are inspired by the artisan cheeses from their travels but they do not seek to copy them. Instead, they make cheeses that are connected to their environment... cheeses with a distinctly Tasmanian character. Our Cellar Door on Bruny Island is open 7 days a week from 9:30 am until 5 pm. We are about 15 minutes drive from the ferry, on the main road heading to Adventure Bay. Look out for our sign on the left-hand side as you enter Great Bay. Come in and taste our beers and cheese, watch us make cheese and have a chat with the cheesemakers and brewer. We also have a store in Hobart open Monday - Saturday 10 am until 5 pm
Enjoy a cold brew at Bruny Island Beer Co.
Bruny Island Beer Co. started with a conversation between a cheesemaker and a brewer. Nick Haddow, founder of Bruny Island Cheese Co., and Evan Hunter, formerly of Tasmanian stalwarts Seven Sheds, Moo Brew and Lark Distillery, designed the brewery around a shared enthusiasm for fermentation and regionally distinctive, artisan produce. The brewery was built behind the cheesery in Great Bay, Bruny Island, and our first beer was released in February 2016. The unique brewhouse has been built to Evan's specifications using recycled dairy equipment sourced from local farms. While we maximize the quality and consistency of our products with a mix of old and modern technology, we practice a simple approach to brewing - one that harks back to older methods of making and maturing beer. We brew slow beer in small batches, and lift, tip, and stir everything by hand, knowing that quality is only attainable through determination and hard work.
Enjoy an oyster at Get Shucked
Get Shucked is a locally owned and operated business located on Bruny Island, Tasmania. In 2004 the farm was purchased as a barely going concern and hence Get Shucked was created. Now established as a well-known tourism business offering a unique brand promoting the nutritional and health benefits of our pure Tasmanian produce and the pleasurable experience derived by eating oysters.
Take in the views of Bruny Island Neck
Bruny Island Neck is an isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island in southern Tasmania and offers stunning 360-degree views. Just 40 kilometres from Hobart, Bruny is Tasmania's fourth-largest island. The Neck is an important habitat for Bruny Island's native wildlife. Boardwalks and viewing platforms let you observe short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins (also known as fairy penguins). You'll see these remarkable birds returning to their burrows in the dunes at dusk - little penguins making their way up the beach in tight groups and the shearwaters gliding in from the sea. The best viewing period is during the warmer months of September to February. There's also a campground just 20 meters from the beach with car parking, picnic facilities, and toilets. Access to the island is by passenger-vehicle ferry from Kettering.
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