Bruny Island, just a short drive and a brief ferry trip south from Hobart, feels much more distant in both place and time. This makes for a relaxing adventure, but there is no need to go hungry as you travel around this bountiful island. Artisanal food producers offer a movable feast while there are also plenty of spots to sit and enjoy a casual meal or a la carte service.
The Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Company is at Great Bay, 15 minutes south from the ferry terminal. Nick Haddow learned his craft in the cheese-making areas of Europe, the US and UK. However he does not seek to emulate the cheeses of those areas, preferring to make cheeses that are unique and connected to the environment in which they are made, in a traditional manner. In 2016, a boutique brewery was added and now produces a selection of ales, stouts and IPAs, each ideal to match with one of their cheeses.
Bruny Island Smokehouse Head “Smoker” Tony McLaine sources fresh local product and hot smokes the produce in a neat functional smoker at Dennes Point on North Bruny. The smoked salmon is particularly highly praised.
Get Shucked Oysters at Great Bay grow Pacific oysters in the cool, clear waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, harvesting fresh every day to be served in their licensed oyster bar or to sell at their drive-through outlet, packed ready to take away with you.
Bruny Island Premium Wines at Lunawanna is Australia’s southernmost vineyard, where Richard and Bernice Woolley grow chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and Riesling varieties, all of which are available for tastings at their cellar door. Better still, take a seat in their bar and grill overlooking the vineyard and enjoy their wines along with an extensive menu featuring Bruny Island produce. They also offer accommodation so there’s no need to designate a driver.
Strawberries and a variety of other soft summer berries are grown on the 12 hectare Bruny Island Berry Farm at Adventure Bay. The property has been a farm owned by the same family since settlement in 1880, now operating as a ‘pick your own’ berry farm. The farm also produces delicious sweet treats and preserves available at its onsite shop and café, which is open daily in the summer season, but check at other times.
Bruny Island Honey collect from about 400 hives on the Island. The hives are moved according to the season and nectar flows from species including Prickly Box in the North of the Island, Manuka around the Neck area and Leatherwood from Mount Mangana. At their Great Bay outlet visitors can enjoy free tastings, see live beehives and purchase honey treats and Manuka skincare products.
The Bruny Island Chocolate Company sells its tempting chocolate and fudge treats in a colourful roadside shop at Adventure Bay.
Bruny Island Cider is made from bio-dynamic apples grown in Australia’s southern-most orchard. fermented and aged for 12 months in barrel. It’s available exclusively at Hotel Bruny at Alonnah, an ideal accompaniment to their bistro menu.
Allow a little extra time as you head back towards the ferry to call in at the Tasmanian House of Whisky, a specialised tasting bar offering around 80 varieties of Tasmanian single malt whiskies and nearly 60 Tassie gins.
A la carte
The Bruny Island Seafood Restaurant is a new offering on the island located at the Adventure Bay base of Bruny Island Cruises. The contemporary dining space includes indoor and outdoor seating with gorgeous views of Adventure Bay, offering freshly-caught local and Tasmanian seafood.
On the go
Bruny has a number of cafes and casual eateries dotted around the island. Bruny Island Gateway at the Bruny Island Ferry Terminal, 79 Ferry Road Kettering is the place to fuel up as you wait for the ferry. Forestvale Design Centre Gallery and Café at Alonnah offers light lunches from local produce, its own vegetable garden and blueberries and fruit from its orchard to complement its Tasmanian art and craft. Penguin and Pardalote at Adventure Bay gives a nod to Bruny Island’s French connections with sweet and savoury crepes, a full beer and wine list and cheese and charcuterie boards to be enjoyed on the beach front. The Bruny Island Café offers all-day breakfast on the southern side of the island. Others include Hothouse Café at Adventure Bay and Jetty Café at Dennes Point.
For accommodation tips, see Where to Stay.
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Words: Andrew Ross