Bruny Island is the perfect getaway. Get your golden ticket to board the ferry at Kettering, then enjoy exploring this nature lover’s utopia. There’s an abundance of delightful things to do on this mesmerising island – here are our four picks of Bruny’s jewels.
Seek thrills on an adventure cruise
Regular adventure cruises are waiting to whisk you around Bruny Island’s nooks and crevices. As you jet across the turquoise water, a playful pod of dolphins might just chase you, delighting in racing the boat. Have a laugh with the noisy fur seals and keep an eye out for rare sea birds soaring overhead. If you are really lucky, you might just see a whale during migration season!
For more info, see: Bruny Island Cruises
Eat and drink your way through the island’s bounty
On Bruny, the food is fresh and local. Eat your way through the island’s spectacular produce, with local eateries and establishments offering a range of scrumptious goodies. Wrap your mouth around delicious chocolate, cheese and fresh oysters, accompanied by fine wine and whisky. Indulge in fresh berries and ice cream at Bruny Island Berry Farm. Really pamper yourself with a Bruny Island Traveller six-course gourmet day tour! Undo the top button of your pants and squeeze in another bite or six.
Revel in nature and history in the South Bruny National Park
With lush rainforest inland and stunning scenery along the coast, South Bruny National Park is paradise for nature lovers. Gaze in awe at the towering cliffs, spot mutton bird rookeries, check out gardens of kelp seaweed, and beach-comb along the long, sandy beaches. Cool off with a dip at Adventure Bay or Jetty Beach, or catch some waves at Cloudy Bay if you’re an experienced surfer.
There are a range of walks, from the short stroll to the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point to the more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit. See if you can identify some of the plant species unique to Tasmania. Stroll to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, which is especially mesmerising bathed in golds and pastels at sunrise or sunset. This historic treasure was first lit in 1838 and guided vessels safely past the rugged island until 1996, when it was replaced by a solar powered light nearby.
Climb the Neck Lookout and watch the resident penguins return
North and South Bruny are joined by a narrow isthmus of land known as The Neck. Climb the steep steps to the lookout at the top and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views! Stroll along the boardwalks and viewing platforms of the Neck Game Reserve and observe short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins returning to their burrows in the sand dunes at dusk (best viewed from September to February).
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Words: Isabel Galloway