Bruny Island

Things to do on Bruny Island

If you are looking for things to do outside Hobart for a day or for a few days why not head to Bruny Island. For a small island, with only 600 residents, it is impressive offering the visitor excellent local cuisine, history, scenic landscapes, the best oysters in Tasmania, wine and more. There are so many things to do on Bruny Island you may want to factor in staying a night or two.

Two Tree Point – Resolution Creek on Bruny Island

Where is Bruny Island Located

Bruny Island Tasmania is an island of 89,000 acres and 362 sq km located on the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. The two islands – North and South Bruny Island span 100 km in length. The three major towns are Alonnah, Lunawanna and Adventure Bay.

Frequently Asked Questions on visiting Bruny Island

How much does the Bruny Island Ferry cost?

Bruny Island Car Ferry

Currently, there are two fares available – light fares and standard fares.  Light fares are available for travel before 7.30 am Monday to Sunday and from 5 pm to 7 pm Saturday to Thursday.

You can check the latest fares and availability here

Do you need to make reservations in advance for the Bruny Island Ferry?

You do not need to book for a journey on the Bruny Island Ferry. If you are travelling in peak holiday times we do recommend booking in advance so that you don’t miss out, it is a popular destination for visitors to Tasmania and locals returning to the mainland for produce or visiting family and friends.

Good To Know: The last ferry departs Bruny island at 7 pm.

When is the best time to visit Bruny Island?

September to February are the peak times to visit Bruny Island.

Bruny Island weather – the weather is warmer during these months of September to February.

Other times are peak holidays such as Easter, School Holidays and Christmas time.

How much time do you need on Bruny Island?

We did a day trip but you could easily spend a night or two and see more of the island.

How do you spend a day on Bruny Island?

Enjoy natural oysters from Get Shucked
  • Eating oysters from Get Shucked
  • Tasting cheese from the Bruny Island Cheese Shop
  • Trying craft beer from the Bruny Island Cheese Shop
  • Tasting honey at Bruny Island Honey
  • See Australian Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins. The Bruny Island penguins can be found at The Neck and the best time to see them is at dusk when they emerge from their burrows to feed
  • Search for the white wallaby in the Mount Mangana rainforest
  • Explore The Neck Lookout and Wildlife Reserve
  • Visit the Truganini Lookout for stunning views
  • Visit the Cape Bruny Lighthouse Station and Museum
  • Visit the Houndstooth Whiskey Distillery
  • Visit the Bruny Island Chocolate Company for a tasting of chocolate and fudge
  • Eat at the Bruny Island Seafood Restaurant
  • Eat at the Bruny Island Hotel
  • Try Bruny Island Premium Wines
  • Drink Bruny Island Cider at the Bruny Island Hotel
  • Take a Bruny Island Boat Cruise
  •  Enjoy the incredible scenary

What do you wear on Bruny Island?

Ensure that you take with you a rain jacket, wear layered clothes and good walking shoes. In winter pack a beanie and gloves.

We would also recommend sunscreen and insect repellent.

Are the roads sealed on Bruny Island?

South Bruny has several unsealed roads.

How many petrol stations are there on Bruny Island?

Adventure Bay has the only petrol station on the island.  Petrol is more expensive than on the mainland. 

Good to Know: We would recommend filling up on the mainland before travelling on the Ferry.

Are there many hikes on Bruny Island?

There are many Bruny Island walks available:

  • Fluted Cape Hike – one of Tasmania’s 60 short walks – 4 km allow 2.5 hours
  • Mavista Nature Walk – 1.4 km allow 40 minutes
  • Allonnah  Sheepwash Bay Track – 3 km allow 1 hour
  • Labillardiere Peninsula Track is made up of 2 circuits 1) Luggaboine Circuit 4 km 1.5 hours and the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit 15 km 5 hours
  • Cape Queen Elizabeth Track – 12 km allow 3 hours
  • East Cloudy Head Track – 12 km allow 4 hours

What are the best family beaches?

The best family beaches are Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach on South Bruny Island and on North Bruny Island Killora Beach and Nebraska Beach.

Adventure Bay Beach

Can you surf on Bruny Island?

Yes at Mabel Bay and Cloudy Bay.

How To Get To Bruny Island

There are three options when visiting Bruny Island.

You can take a tour to Bruny Island like we did if you are short of time on your vacation.

The best thing about our Bruny Island tour is the inclusions. We left Hobart early, made the 8.30 ferry, enjoyed a picnic of oysters, cheese and freshly made bread. Also included was a private tour of the Bruny Island Lighthouse with a guide. We had our table reserved in advance at the popular Bruny Island Hotel and enjoyed visiting the Bruny Island Fudge Company, Bruny Island Honey, Truganni Lookout, Bruny Island Distillery all guided by a local who told interesting stories and historical facts.

  • take your own car on the ferry to Bruny Island
  • rent a car from Launceston or Hobart – check the latest deals here

You will need to check with the car hire company whether they allow their cars to be taken across by ferry to Bruny Island over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Directions from Hobart to Bruny Island:

Take the A6 highway out of the city to Kingston where you take the B68 exit for Channel Highway. On arrival in Kettering turn left on Ferry Road and head to the terminal.

Bruny Island Ferry

The ferry to Bruny Island leaves from Kettering on the mainland, 32 km from Hobart. The journey from Hobart to Bruny Island Ferry Terminal in Kettering takes around 45 minutes.

Bruny Island Sealink Ferry

Bruny Island ferry time – the journey takes 20 minutes.

Bruny Island Ferries leaves every 30 minutes from Kettering to Bruny Island in either direction. Sealink now operates the service 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can purchase the ticket on arrival. Tickets are open return and valid any day. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to sailing. Passengers travel free of charge. 

Cash is the preferred payment method but EFTPOS paywave and paypass are available.

Whilst waiting at the Ferry terminal we can recommend coffee and freshly baked muffins from the Bruny Island Gateway Cafe at 76 Ferry Road Kettering.

Tasmanian National Parks Pass

For some areas of Bruny Island, you will require to purchase a Tasmanian National Parks Pass. Full details here.

Bruny Island accommodation

Self-catering is the preferred option for accommodation on Bruny Island.

Good to know: You will find some restaurants may only open Friday and Saturday nights during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Good to know: There are general stores in Adventure Bay, Alonnah and Oyster Cove. If you are in need of a pharmacy, the post office or the police you will need to go to Alonnah.

For the latest accommodation deals on Booking.com click here


Some of the most popular accommodations on Bruny Island are:

Adventure Bay Retreat – 33 acres nestled between the forest and the sea.

Address: 49 Hayes Road Adventure Bay

The Adventure Bay resort offers a range of accommodations:

  • 3 Bedroom lodge that sleeps 8
  • 1 seperate cottage with spa for 2 people – Adults only
  • 1 superior villa that contains 1 double bed and 1 single bed
  • 3 bedroom house that sleeps 6 adults only

43 Degrees – 1 Lumeah Road Adventure Bay

“… providing our guests with an understanding of environmentally sustainable architecture and what it can achieve within our pristine island environment.”

Accommodation on offer are spa suites suitable for 2 persons and studio spa apartments suitable for 2 persons all fully self-contained. There are BBQ facilites in a beautiful garden setting. Award-winning accommodation with recommendations to book in advance.

Cloudy Beach Beach House – 927 Cloudy Bay Road South Bruny

Set in sand dunes with a private beach access Cloudy Bay Beach is located on 30 acres of coastal land. The 3 bedroom beach house has accommodation suitable for 6 people and is fully self-contained.

Latest guest review:

Cloudy Bay Beach House is a beautiful place to stay on Bruny Island. It has the most amazing views and is tucked away in a very private location. It is a very easy house to relax in and it caters well for a number of people. We had 3 couples staying for 3 nights and it was perfect even with some bad weather – there were games etc provided and it was nice to stay at the house and enjoy the stormy conditions tucked up in the warm living area. The house provides all that you need for your stay. It is around a 20-30 minute drive from the hotel/vineyard/ Adventure Bay. It is nice to be able to visit those areas easily and quickly but at the same time come back to the very private Cloudy Bay. Communications with the manager and access to the property was easy. There was definitely no problems with the organisation of our stay. We will definitely go back !”

Hotel Bruny – 3959 Bruny Island Main Road Alonnah

There is a range of accommodation from Bruny Island Escapes and Hotel Bruny around the island. There are cabins, studios and villas available to suit all travellers and budgets.

Hotel Bruny is one of the top places to eat on the island. You do need to make a reservation in advance.

For full details on available accommodation click here.

Camping on Bruny Island

There are 4 campsites available on Bruny Island:

Camping at Bruny Island at Lighthouse Road Cape Bruny

Cloudy Bay Camp Ground 2 sites available Pines on Cloudy Bay Road and Cloudy Bay Corner Beach

Jetty Beach

The Neck Campground

Caravan parks on Bruny island

Captain Cook Holiday Park at 786 Adventure Bay Road Adventure Bay

Captain Cook Holiday Park offers sites for your own caravan plus one bedroom villas and 2 bedroom cabins. BBQ facilities and a childrens playground is available. Seaviews are available from all villas, the park is located on the beachfront in Adventure Bay.

Where to Eat on Bruny Island

Bruny Island Restaurants

Wondering where to eat on Bruny Island?

Good to know: Some restaurants only open on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call the venue before heading out and during the busy summer period you will need to make reservations.

The most popular restaurants on Bruny Island are:

Hotel Bruny Bistro located at 3959 Main Road Alonnah. You will need to make a reservation during the summer months. The food is excellent. Try the local Bruny Island Cider.

Get Shucked Oyster Bar Restaurant located at 1735/1751 Bruny Island Main Rd, North Bruny

Bruny Island Cheese Company

Bruny Island Cheese Company located at 1807 Bruny Island Main Road Great Bay. Not only do they produce the best of local cheeses they offer an excellent range of craft beers, wines and cheese platters to enjoy with your beverage of choice.

Bruny Island Premium Wines located at 4391 Bruny Island Main Road Lunawanna. For a range of premium wines look no further than Bruny Island Premium Wines.  The Wine Bar & Grill serves all-day lunch in a relaxed alfresco dining area amongst the vines, featuring an extensive Bruny Island produce menu.

Bruny Island Cafes

Penguin & Pardalote Coffee House located at 710 Adventure Bay Road Adventure Bay. For great coffee, light breakfast items, beer, wine, oysters and crepes! Locally sourced produce, with an awesome view.

Bruny Island Cafe located at 3349 Bruny Island Main Road. For breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Bruny Island Food Producers:

Bruny Island has some of the best local food producers:

Get Shucked Oysters – 1735 Bruny Island Main Road Great Bay. You can eat in or takeaway. Why not enjoy a local brew with your oysters that come natural or cooked. Bread and chips are also available.

Bruny Island Cheese Shop – 1807 Bruny Island Main Road Great Bay. We visited the Bruny Island Cheese Shop first thing on arrival on our day tour, where we tasted 3 of their cheeses and freshly baked sourdough baguettes on a picnic at Two Tree Point. The picnic also included oysters from Get Shucked.

Bruny Island Beer Company – 1807 Bruny Island Main Road Great Bay. At the end of our day tour we had some time before we needed to be at the Ferry Terminal and enjoyed a paddle of their craft beers.

Enjoy a paddle of craft beer at the Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Company

Bruny Island Honey – 2184 Bruny Island Main Road Great Bay. Enjoy tasting the many varieties of locally produced honey. The shop has a range of products made from honey including yummy honey ice cream, face creams, hand lotions, lip balm and more. There are books and a range of gifts available.

Houndstooth Whiskey Distillery at 55 Adventure Bay Road Adventure Bay (part of the Bruny Island Chocolate Company). When you visit the Bruny Island Chocolate Company you can purchase their distilled whiskey, which apparently so a local told us, is a very smooth drop.

Bruny Island Chocolate Company – 55 Adventure Bay Road Adventure Bay. The best fudge we have tasted, so be sure to sample their different types. Their fudge is made from a special recipe so it is not as sugary as other fudge we have tasted around the world.

A selection of chocolate from the Bruny Island Chocolate Company

Bruny Island Premium Wines – 4391 Bruny Island Main Road Lunawanna

Bruny Island Cider – can be purchased at the Hotel Bruny at 3959 Bruny Island Main Road Alonnah. We highly recommend that you purchase a bottle or two of their cider to enjoy with lunch at the Hotel Bruny.

Bruny Island Smokehouse – 259 Lennon Road Bruny Island North Bruny

Bruny Island Berry Farm – 550 Adventure Bar Road Adventure Bay

Bruny Island Tripadvisor

Read what other travellers have to say about their time on Bruny Island here.

What To Do on Bruny Island

What are the top things to do on Bruny Island?

Bruny Island Cruises

Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise (from Hobart)for 3 hours where you can spot dolphins playing and humpback whales on their yearly migration. The cruise also includes a visit to the fur seal colony at The Friars and the famous “Breathing Rocks”.

The full day tour includes morning tea and lunch. Departure is at 7.30 am from Franklin Wharf at the Hobart Waterfront Book Centre returning around 5.30 pm.

For the latest availability and booking click here

Options to join the cruise from:

Adventure Bay

Kettering (where the ferry departs from on the mainland)

Bruny Island Tours

Bruny Island Tours from Hobart. You can enjoy the Bruny Island Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour with lunch included. We took this tour operated by Bruny Island Safaris. You can read our review here.

Bruny Island Lighthouse

A fun day of dining on Bruny Island oysters, cheeses, honey, chocolate, lunch at the Hotel Bruny with visits to the Lighthouse, The Neck, Adventure Bay and more. You may even be lucky enough to see the rare white wallaby.

We can highly recommend the tour from Hobart.

For more information and booking your place on the tour: You can book the tour here.

Check out our Youtube Video of our Bruny Lighthouse Tour, Sightseeing and Gourmet Food here

Bruny Island Full-Day Tour Including 6 Course Lunch

Depart Hobart for a full 9 hour day of gourmet food tasting and sightseeing. After lunch enjoy a scenic beach walk, HIBA garden tour, Bligh Museum and a visit to Bruny Island Honey. Lunch includes two glasses of wine, beer, cider or soft drinks. Search for the white wallaby and enjoy a walk through the Mavista rainforest.

For more information and booking your place on the tour: You can book your tour here.

Bruny Island Attractions

The Neck/Truganini lookout

It is worth the 279 wooden steps climb to the top of the Neck for stunning 360 degrees over North and South Bruny Island and the isthmus that joins the two. Once on the lookout you will find a monument that has been dedicated to the aboriginal woman Truganini who worked tirelessly in Tasmania uniting the aboriginal communities. Her father was the chief of the Nuenonne tribe.

The Neck

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Another opportunity for 360 degrees views of Bruny Island. The heritage-listed lighthouse dates back to 1836 and stands 114 metres tall. It is the only lighthouse in Tasmania that is open for tours. It is well worth doing the tour. If you are worried about the steps, don’t, the walk up to the lighthouse is more strenuous than the tour inside to the top of the lighthouse.

There is a small museum near the carpark at Cape Bruny Lighthouse which is worth a visit.

30 Minute Tour AUD10.00 per person

Sunset Tour approximate duration 1 hour AUD70.00 per person

Book here in advance for Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours

Search for the White Wallaby at Adventure Bay

The Bennett’s Wallaby (also known as the White Wallaby) can only be found on Bruny Island and nowhere else in the world.

The Bennetts Wallaby

Visit Two Tree Point at Resolution Creek

This pretty spot in Adventure Bay is named for the two trees that stand at the point where Resolution Creek meets the ocean. Explores Captain Furneaux in 1773, Captain James Cook in 1777 and Captain Bligh in 1788 stopped here for fresh water supplies during their voyages.

Good to know: a good spot for a picnic

Bligh Museum of Pacific exploration

Address: 856 Adventure Bay Road South Bruny

A privately-owned museum built by convict bricks. The museum contains documents, paintings and maps from the early explorers of Tasmania.

Entrance Fee: AUD4.00 adults and AUD2.00 children

Flight Deals to Hobart

For the latest flight deals to Hobart compare prices on Skyscanner first. You will then be directed to the airline’s website for booking where there are no charges involved.

 

Wifi Coverage on Bruny Island

Telstra is the better option for coverage, most other providers you may be able to get 3G or 4G.

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Conclusion

Bruny Island is a special destination in Tasmania and one that we hope you will have time to visit and enjoy. Bruny Island is perfect for a day trip or to spend a few nights with family and friends.

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