A food lover's guide to Bruny Island, Tasmania

Just an hour from Hobart, Bruny Island is abundant in natural beauty, incredible wildlife and delicious food, making it perfect for a winter minibreak.

While many tourists visit the island for a day-trip, it's much better to stay the night and wake up in the tranquil surrounds of this unique and beautiful island.

We think you should stay on the island for as long as possible, but if you're short on time, this itinerary will give you a great taste of what the island has to offer in less than 36 hours.

A word of advice, Bruny Island is a culinary treasure chest, so the only pre-requisite is to go hungry.

9:00 AM: Ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island

Drive your car onto the ferry - you'll need it once you get to the other side. The ferry is a very scenic 20-minute journey and the perfect introduction to the quiet life on Bruny.


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10:00 AM: Oysters at Get Shucked

If you don't like oysters, why are you even in Tasmania? It's never too early in the morning for these beauties, and you'll taste the best oysters of your life at Get Shucked. Get a dozen for now and be sure to pick up more for later from their drive-through - BYO esky.

If you arrive at a more wine-appropriate hour, Get Shucked also serves an amazing range of Tassie wines, beers and ciders, carefully selected to complement the briny, oyster tones.

11:30 AM: Cheese and beer at Bruny Island Cheese Co.

With your amuse-bouche sorted, you'll want to move onto Bruny Island Cheese Co. to sample their cheese and beer. The cheese is made on the island using traditional methods and sustainably-farmed cow's milk and their beers are brewed in slow batches by hand.

Order a sharing plate and once you're done, pick up a loaf of their bread, a few of your favourite cheeses and a jar of pickles to take away - you'll need these later.

12:30 PM: Sample local honey at Bruny Island Honey Pot

Stop in at the Bruny Island Honey Pot, where you'll find Prickly Box honey, Manuka honey, Bush honey and Leatherwood honey, all made from the island's own bees.

1:30 PM: Lunch and wine tasting at Bruny Island Premium Wines

We hope you've left room for your main course at Bruny Island Premium Wines: Australia’s most southerly vineyard. The small family-owned and operated vineyard is located on South Bruny Island and serves up delicious local produce in their bar and grill, which opens daily from 11am-5pm. 

Try the salmon burger - straight from the clear waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel - or some Bruny Island wallaby and stay for a long lunch.

Don't leave without tasting their wines, which include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir, and take a few bottles home with you.

4:00 PM: Sunset at The Neck

Head back north to Bruny Island Neck: The isthmus connecting the north and south islands.

The boardwalk and viewing platforms offer incredible vantage points to watch the sun setting slowly over the sea, which happens at about 4:30 PM in mid-winter.

The views are spectacular regardless of the time of day, but you're more likely to get lucky and spot a penguin or muttonbird if you're there during dusk.


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Stay: Cloudy Bay Beach House

Cloudy Bay Beach House on South Bruny Island is a modern, award-winning and secluded oasis set right on the beach.

There's not much around this part of the island, leaving you with nothing left to do but light a fire, pull the Bruny Island oysters out of the esky and pour yourself a glass of local wine.

In the fully-equipped kitchen, cook up some gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, using the bread, cheese and pickles you bought earlier.

9:00 AM: Take a walk along Cloudy Bay Beach

You're likely feeling very well-rested after your sleep on Bruny Island, so rug up in your winter woollies and take a two-hour return walk along Cloudy Bay Beach to soak up the immense natural beauty and wildlife in this picture-perfect paradise.

11:45 AM: Explore Cape Bruny Lighthouse

No trip to Bruny Island is complete without passing by Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The historic 1836 lighthouse towers 114m over dramatic clifftops and coves, which form the rugged Tasmanian coastline of Cape Bruny.

There are regular guided tours of the lighthouse to help you discover the fascinating history of this important landmark, all set in front of panoramic views over the cliffs and sea.


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2:00 PM: Whisky tasting at Bruny Island House of Whisky

Your island adventure has nearly come to an end, but fortunately, the Bruny Island House of Whisky is just a moment away from the ferry terminal.

Order a flight of their whiskies, including the Tasmanian-made Trapper's Hut, while you wait, plus a side of their homemade garlic and rosemary bread if you're feeling peckish: It's to-die-for.

4:00 PM: Ferry to Kettering

By now, you're likely trying to find an excuse to stay on this beautiful little island, and we wholeheartedly encourage staying another night or two.

But if you do have somewhere else to be, hop on the ferry back to the mainland and see what else Tasmania has to offer.

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