Bruny Island is a treasure trove of natural beauty, delectable food and drink, unique wildlife, and captivating history. Joining a tour is a great way to see the island, with knowledgable local guides revealing Bruny’s famous sights and hidden gems. All the planning is done for you, so book a spot, show up and enjoy yourself! Here are three options for touring Bruny.
1. Bruny Island Cruises
Hop aboard Pennicott’s iconic yellow boat, pop on a very fashionable red coat, and prepare to have your mind blown on this three hour exploration of South Bruny’s rugged coastline. This award-winning wilderness cruise zips along at a fun speed, flirting with deep sea caves, towering crags, and giant sea cliffs.
Highlights include listening to the ‘Breathing Rock’, passing through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’, and being gobsmacked at the power of nature where the Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean.
The highly trained interpretive guides offer a wealth of knowledge. You’ll have a blast searching for coastal wildlife, including seals, dolphins, migrating whales (in season), and sea birds.
2. Bruny Island Traveller
If you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, the Bruny Island Traveller day tour is for you. Wear stretchy pants – every course on the menu is a stop on your adventure, exploring the island’s spectacular landscapes and gourmet produce. Visit the home of Bruny Island’s famous cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky. Sit back, savour the flavour, and discover the stories behind the harvest.
Throughout the day, you’ll see Bruny’s incredible scenery, including The Neck. If you’re lucky, you might spot a rare white wallaby (and a diverse range of other wildlife) in the island’s pristine wilderness.
3. Bruny Island Safaris
Bruny Island Safaris sightseeing, food and lighthouse tour departs from Hobart, and offers a captivating mix of scrumptious eats, epic scenery, and fascinating history. The tour of historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse (c. 1838), perched high upon the wild sea cliffs of South Bruny, is a real highlight. Another high point is climbing the steps to the Neck Lookout for the panoramic views at the top.
Lunch is phenomenal – island bounty you’ll have the pleasure of tasting includes: fish, lamb, oysters, cider, chocolate, fudge, honey, and artisan cheeses. You’ll also have the chance to search for the famous white wallaby in its natural habitat.
Stay for longer
There’s so much to taste, see and do on the island, you could easily stay a few days or longer. The multi-award winning Bruny Island Escapes offers a range of accommodation options right across the island, including cottages, villas, and studios. Check in via Hotel Bruny at Alonnah (you may as well grab a bite to eat while you’re there – our tip is the seafood platter).
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