Just under an hour from Hobart by car and 15 minutes on a local ferry from Kettering lies a wild, ravishingly beautiful island national park which has Tasmania’s southern most accommodation (other than camping). In fact it is two national parks – North Bruny and South Bruny – joined by The Neck, a narrow isthmus. Bruny is a surfer’s haunt, with Cloudy Bay (look south to the Antarctic) and Adventure Bay both prime surfing spots. It is also a natural larder with an excellent winery, Bruny Island Wines, with cellar door and café, a fantastic cheesery, the Bruny Island Cheese Company, an oyster farm and restaurant, Get Shucked, a tiny Olive Farm, a berry farm and smoke house. The Bruny Island Hotel serves excellent pub food. So one thing is for sure – visitors to Bruny Island never go hungry! Accommodation is simple but plentiful although advance booking is essential especially in peak season and over weekends when mainland Tasmanians flock here from Hobart.
Bruny Island is most famous for its birdlife. All 12 endemics inhabit the islands and Australia’s top birder and leading conservationist, Tonia Cochran, runs her guided birding company from her 500 acre property on South Bruny, Inala (‘peaceful place’) Bruny is also home to the White Wallabies, which, though wild, enjoy a predator-free existence and are almost tame enough to touch. The Bruny Island Cruises depart from Bruny Island and take vistors on epic sea adventures out to the Great Southern Ocean along the highest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, towering at over 300 metres. Expect whales from May to November, and year round you will see dolphin, muttonbirds (shearwaters), albatross, and Australia’s largest fur seal colonies.
A new three day gourmet walking tour, the Bruny Island Long Weekend, has recently started and ties all the very best of Bruny up into three days of deliciousness run by one of Tasmania’s most talented young guides. There are few better ways to spend a long weekend, especially when you can brag about going to the southernmost place in the world for it!