Join Brooke Saward as she discovers a cornucopia of oysters, berries and cheeses on Bruny – the little island in the south of Tasmania.
Tasmania is full of iconic locations to visit but one could say they don’t come as classic and iconic as Bruny – the little island in the south of Tasmania. Despite being small in size, Bruny Island is packed with great places to eat, a number of iconic things to see, and with a frequent ferry service it is easy to visit from mainland Tasmania. So if you’re headed to Bruny Island here is where to eat, play and stay on the island!
Checking In: Where to Stay on Bruny Island
While the island is small and choices are limited, the good news is that everything is within reach in Tasmania so accommodation offerings extend beyond the island itself!
Many visitors choose to visit Bruny Island in a day visit, staying at the ferry dock town – Kettering – or driving down for a day trip from Hobart. Whilst travel time from Hobart is only 30 minutes driving to Kettering, with the ferry an additional 30 minutes, for a more laidback experience in the region (and a chance to explore the Huon Valley nearby), I would suggest booking 2-3 nights accommodation in the area.
My personal recommendation would be The Cove Kettering, a boutique B&B style accommodation run by a lovely older couple who enjoy hosting visitors in their beautiful part of the world. The Cove offers a five-star experience for a much lower price tag, topped off with a daily cooked breakfast before you head off adventuring.
Alternatively if you wish to stay on the island itself, your options include camping, Hotel Bruny, and a number of small business operators and vacation rentals.
Eats & Drinks
Once on the island, you’ll need the entire day to eat and drink your way from north to south, as well as squeezing in time for sightseeing and a hike or two to walk off your indulgences!
Bruny Island Cheese Company
One of the most popular pit stops on the island is the Bruny Island Cheese Company who specialise in indulgent cheese platters and wood fired pizzas. If you’re not stopping for lunch, at least drop in for some cheese tasting and a takeaway treat or two!
As the name suggests, Get Shucked are famous for their fresh oysters on offer at their small but inviting café. This is a great lunch option, especially for seafood fans.
Bruny Island Berry Farm
So long as you visit in season, the Bruny Island Berry Farm is a great place to stop by in the warmer months to either pick your own berries or indulge in a sugary treat before you take off on more adventures around the island.
Hotel Bruny Bistro
Don’t let the low key name fool you – the Hotel Bruny Bistro serves up impressive plates any time of day, with fresh local seafood being a heavy feature on the menu. This is a great place to come in larger groups as you’ll undoubtedly find something to suit everyone with the menu that is simple but full of variety.
Although one of the most low key places to eat on the island, the Penguin Café at Adventure Bay offers some really great breakfast/brunch plates at reasonable prices, as well as some quick and easy pastries to indulge in at any time of day. The location and service are great and if you’re after something simple and quick, you can’t really beat it!
Fun things to do in the area
While you can take in much of Bruny Island in a day, an early arrival will ensure you see all of the hot spots and have time to stop in at a few eateries, as despite its’ size Bruny has a lot to offer!
Bruny’s landmark viewpoint is an absolute must see for visitors to the island. The car park is small and often overflows, but if you can score a park then be sure to make your way up the large staircase for an incredible view of Adventure Bay.
Cape Queen Elizabeth Walk
By far my favourite experience on Bruny Island was to embark on a light trek through the wilderness and on to the coastline via the Cape Queen Elizabeth Walk. Once there we enjoyed a private beach to ourselves, found the natural archway – Mars Bluff – and slowly made our way back to the car park in an all-round trip of two hours.
Another staple ‘must-do’ on Bruny Island is to make your way down to Cape Bruny and see the famous lighthouse – surrounded by spectacular coastal views.
Bruny Island Cruises
An alternative way to see the island from a different viewpoint is to join one of the daily Bruny Island Cruises. This is a great way to see the island from the water, while enjoying a comprehensive guide of the island’s history, as well as the natural geography and wildlife viewing.