Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Bruny IslandHome to some of Tasmania's best producers, this food mecca is a haven of artisanal cheese, freshly shucked oysters and seafood, homemade fudge, chocolate, wine, and spirits. You won't leave hungry!
Nestled off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island is a picturesque island that offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, gourmet food, and history. The island's rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and tranquil forests make it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails wind through lush forests, while stunning cliff-top views await those who venture to the island's southern tip. The nearby waters are teeming with marine life, and visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, and kayaking adventures. Bruny Island is also a food lover's paradise, with its fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, and locally sourced ingredients. Visitors can indulge in a variety of culinary experiences, including oyster tastings, cheese making workshops, and farm-to-table dining experiences. The island is also home to a number of vineyards and cellar doors, where visitors can sample some of Tasmania's finest wines. In addition to its natural beauty and culinary delights, Bruny Island is steeped in history. The island's Indigenous history dates back thousands of years, and visitors can learn about the island's Aboriginal heritage through cultural tours and experiences. The island was also an important location during the early days of European settlement, and visitors can explore historic landmarks and buildings that date back to the 1800s. Despite its small size, Bruny Island has an abundance of accommodation options, from quaint cottages to luxury lodges. The best way to explore the island is to jump aboard a tour as they offer visitors a chance to discover hidden gems and learn about the island's history and culture from knowledgeable locals. A unique and unforgettable travel destination that should be on every traveller's bucket list, a visit to Bruny Island is a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature and the simple pleasures of life.
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Bruny Island Lighthouse
Built in 1838, the historic Bruny Island Lighthouse stands as a testament to Tasmania's rich maritime history, having guided countless ships through the treacherous waters of the Southern Ocean for over a century. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the surrounding coastline, with miles of rugged cliffs, sweeping bays, and turquoise waters stretching out before you. The lighthouse museum also offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the lighthouse keepers who once called this remote outpost home. The Lighthouse is on the Southern tip of the island about an hours drive from the ferry terminal and a 45-minute drive from Adventure Bay.
Bruny Island Cheese Co.
From the moment we stepped inside, you're greeted by the mouthwatering aroma of artisanal cheeses being crafted by skilled cheesemakers. The cheeses themselves are nothing short of amazing - creamy, tangy, bold, and earthy - each with its own unique character. What really sets this local business apart though is its location. The place sports the most incredible views back along the coast. You'll be totally blown away, it’s gorgeous.
Enjoy a cold brew at Bruny Island Beer Co.
The craft beer here is nothing short of an artisan product and the brewery is well worth any curious traveler’s visit. Using seasonal, locally grown ingredients encompassing the unique tastes of Tasmania, it produces a range of unique and delicious brews. Our picks were the crisp and refreshing Hefeweizen, and a rather delicious full-bodied Black Forest Stout. Keeping to their dairy roots (they also own Bruny Island Cheese) a collection of decommissioned milk vats were repurposed into a brewhouse, located behind the cheesery. All beers are made with traditional beer making techniques and free of preservatives. You'll love curling up in the cozy taproom, looking out over the surrounding wilderness. The atmosphere is relaxed, warm and incredibly welcoming. And with a rotating selection of seasonal brews, there's always something new to try.
Enjoy an oyster at Get Shucked
There’s nothing better than a fresh oyster straight from the sea, and this farm’s prized oysters are famous for their exceptional flavour and freshness. While you can indulge at the farm’s cafe, we recommend jumping aboard a guided tour of the oyster beds located in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. This intimate experience gives an insider's look at the farm's operations, while offering the chance to sample the freshest oyster you’ll ever taste! We found the tour fascinating as you follow the life cycle of these delicious ocean gems, from cultivation to harvest. And there's no better way to appreciate the hard work that goes into producing such a delicacy than by tasting it for yourself. And why hold back at one? We indulged in several!
Bruny Island Neck
Whether you're seeking adventure or tranquility, The Neck is a must-visit on the island. This natural wonder is famed for its sweeping panoramic views, where rugged cliffs meet turquoise waters of the Tasman Sea on one side, and tranquil bays on the other. We followed the steps to Trukanini Lookout to take in the unforgettable views of the surrounding landscape, and observe the fascinating natural phenomenon of penguin migration. If you have time, we recommend packing a picnic, going for a swim or even throwing out a line - the fishing is great!
Bruny Island Wines
Visit this family-run vineyard set on a gentle sloping site with a sunny northerly aspect. Bruny Island Wines produces premium quality, cool climate wines, made from grapes that are grown, harvested and crafted to reflect the region's unique terroir. Their wines have won over 40 medals both here and abroad, with varieties such as chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, among their offering. With a family first approach to business, winemaker Bernice has passed her knowledge onto her son Joseph. It also extends to other elements of the business with Bernice’s mother Ruth Dillon, contributing the oil paintings for the labels, while the graphic design is the work of Bernice’s cousin Kylie. Other family members assist in the vineyard, restaurant and at cellar door.
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