The island is home to a myriad of wildlife, including fairy penguins, fur seals, and wallabies. The perfect destination for a romantic getaway, I celebrated an anniversary with a sun-soaked trip, appreciating the finest food, wine, and nature that Tasmania has to offer.
The sun bright overhead, we left home, and headed for the Bruny Island Ferry.
The Bruny Island Ferry Mirambeena departs from Kettering, 35 minutes drive south of Hobart. It is capable of carrying both passengers and vehicles, and makes multiple trips per day. The ferry timetable can be found here .
While there is no need to book your passage, it is recommended you arrive at least 15 minutes early to departure, particularly during peak season.
The trip on the ferry takes around 15 minutes. Once the vessel has departed, you can get out of your car, stretch your legs, and let the salty air whip past you, as you look over the sparkling water.
Dolphin sightings are not uncommon, so keep your camera handy. Tassie locals are renowned for being friendly, and the people we met were no exception, with many heading to the island, their cars laden down with fishing rods and picnic baskets. I found myself smitten with a tiny Chihuahua poking its head out of an adjacent car window, and made myself a friend for life.
Top tip: bring cash to pay for your ferry ticket, as the ticket terminal does not have eftpos facilities.
Disembarking from the ferry, we set off along the winding road to our first destination: Bruny Island Cheese. One of the finest artisan cheese producers in Tasmania, the company actively pursues achieving integrity, authenticity, and flavour in their products.
The company is easy to find, located a mere 15 minutes’ drive from the ferry, on the main road leading to Adventure Bay. Strolling down the gravel pathway, we found ourselves immersed in an authentic bushy hideaway. Native plants and trees enveloped the large wooden building, which smelled deliciously of cheese, wood fired bread, and treated pine.
Stomach’s rumbling, we inspected the menu. The friendly staff chattered to us over the coffee machine, ‘cheese makes me happy’ emblazoned across their uniforms. I chose a wood fired ham and cheese toastie, which arrived with a delicious apple and cinnamon chutney.
The company are happy to alter their breakfast menu if you have specific dietary requirements. Unable to eat wheat, they created my partner a delicious meal, including duck eggs, green beans, bacon, and soft, creamy o.d.o. cheese. O.d.o. simply stands for ‘’one day old’’ cheese. Marinated in olive oil with fresh garlic and herbs, it boasts a strong, lactic flavour.
We ate breakfast outside on raised wooden platforms, surrounded by eucalyptus trees and native plants. Birds swooped gleefully overhead, adding to the tranquillity. Stretching out our legs in the dappled sunshine, and sipping green tea, we truly experienced a Tasmanian treasure.
Top tip: If you’re fond of firmer cheese, try Tom. Fast maturing, with a grey rind developed over five months of ageing, Tom boasts a delicious freshness and rich flavour.
Bruny Island’s artisan cheeses can also be purchased from their Salamanca stall, or drop by their Cellar Door in the Salamanca Arts Centre.
We left the Cheese Co. with our bags bulging full of treats, and our heads full of memories, on to our next destination: the ‘Neck’.
Image provided by Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Driving towards the Truganini Lookout, we pulled over to watch an echidna snuffle its way across the road, prickles glinting in the sunlight. The roads on Bruny islands are enveloped by bushland, allowing native animals to thrive. Wherever you look, there are evident signs of the early settlers, adding to the rustic feel of the island.
The ‘Neck’ is a narrow isthmus, which joins the two parts of the island. It is home to the Truganini lookout, a timber stepped boardwalk which showcases spectacular 360° views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Adventure Bay. The Truganini lookout features a memorial to the indigenous Nuenonne people, who lived there prior to the European settlement of Bruny Island.
Image provided by Tourism Tasmania and Paul Male
Viewing platforms are scattered across the boardwalk, allowing you to view the wildlife. If you view at dusk, you can watch fairy penguins return from the water, and nestle in to their burrows concealed in the sand dunes.
We were lucky enough to see one tiny penguin, who had evidently opted for a sleep-in, cosy in its sandy nest.
Windswept and happy, we set off in search of lunch.
As we left Adventure Bay, and headed towards Lunawanna, we drove into a dense rainforest. Spidery gums enveloped us, their limbs looping upwards into a leafy canopy. The road is gravel, and lacking in maintenance, so take it slowly, and watch out for potholes.
We arrived at Bruny Island Premium Wine Bar and Grill, to find the vineyard closed for a wedding.
Spring lambs roamed around the adjacent paddock, as the couple said their I-do’s surrounded by loved ones. A beautiful sight, and one reaffirming that Bruny Island is the perfect location for romantics.
Still seeking food, we changed course to Hotel Bruny, a quintessential beachfront hotel with fantastic service. The menu offered a range of fresh seafood, including premium oysters, provided by Get Shucked. Despite the venue being packed, our meals arrived in under 5 minutes. Sipping chilled mango and raspberry cider, we enjoyed an enormous grilled seafood platter, which was very reasonable in price. The bar staff were happy to chat, and keen to hear about our travels, while offering advice on where to explore next.
Top tip: Hobart’s Cascade Craft Beers are available on tap.
New friends made, we headed to our final destination for the day: Get Shucked Oyster farm.
We met Joe, the friendly owner of Get Shucked Oysters briefly over breakfast, and promised to drop by his farm. It did not disappoint.
The Get Shucked oyster bar is fully licensed, and offers a range of freshly shucked oyster dishes, beer, wine, and ciders.
Overlooking the beach, we sat in a beautiful outdoor setting, as we watched our oysters being harvested, sorted, and shucked.
Having never eaten an oyster before, I was very apprehensive about what to expect. Joe was happy to make recommendations, and encourage me to try the exotic seafood, offering a trio of dressings: wasabi sour cream, a tomato vinegrette, and a tangy asian fusion.
The oysters were delicious- creamy, and tasting faintly of the sea. I was hooked.
We left with a dozen, keen to prolong the experience for as long as possible.
As we discovered, it is impossible to see and taste everything Bruny Island has to offer in one day. If you’re touring Tasmania, set aside at least three days to fully experience the island.
Bruny Island Cruises are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife the island has to offer. Cruise around the picturesque Adventure Bay, and get up close with the wildlife. Find out more information here.
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