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Visiting Bruny Island Hobart

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Bruny Island

Take A Bruny Island Tour For Your Best Experience

Take A Bruny Island Tour For Your Best Experience

1. Cape Burny Lighthouse

1. Cape Burny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the most popular thing to do at Bruny Island. It is the only Southern Tasmanian lighthouse open for inspection. When doing your Burny Island Tour at the Cape Burny Lighthouse, do not miss to climb the original wrought iron spiral staircase to the tower balcony and take in the sweeping southern views to the wild Tasman Sea, South East Cape, Whale Head and the small islands dotting the coastline. Experience the vastness and wonderful photo opportunities at every point of the compass - with albatross, gannets and many other pelagic seabirds gliding over the relentless ocean swells. You can even observe migrating whales, short tailed shearwaters and wedge Tailed Eagles swooping close to the tower.

2. South Bruny National Park

2. South Bruny National Park

One of the best things to do at Bruny Island is to visit its national park, which is located in the south of the island. Here, you can spend the morning collecting shells along the beach's shore or taking a leisurely dip in one of the park's sheltered swim areas (a local favorite is near Jetty Beach). Experienced surfers love the serious waves that break at Cloudy Bay, where rustic campsites are almost always available for a small fee. Not just that, birders and botanists will love exploring the lush rainforest just beyond the sand, where dozens of plants and bird species indigenous to Tanzania thrive. You can also explore the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point or wander to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the second oldest of its kind in the country. Day - trippers and less experienced hikers can wander along shorter trails, like the memorable trek to Grass Point or Fluted Cape.More challenging routes, like the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit or East Cloudy Head trail are best left to fit visitors planning to spend at least a night.

3.  Bruny Island Cheese Company

3. Bruny Island Cheese Company

Another top things to do at Bruny Island is to visit the cheese company. Bruny Island Cheese Co. was started by Nick Haddow, after he spent 10 years working with specialist cheese makers in many different countries around the world. The cheeses Bruny Island Cheese Co. makes are very much the product of Nick's travels and training throughout the great cheese producing regions of France, Italy, Spain and the UK. They are the cheeses he loves to make and eat.

4.  Bruny Island Berry Farm

4. Bruny Island Berry Farm

Bruny Island Berry Farm is located on breathtaking Bruny Island south of Hobart. Enjoy delicious berries, either freshly picked or pick your own. Escape, relax and enjoy the picturesque landscape and stunning beachfront location. Savour the yummy berry ice creams as you wander along the tranquil creek banks or browse in our shop for assorted berry jams, sweets and berry-themed gifts. You can also bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic or barbecue amidst the native bush and learn about the farm's history and diverse wildlife. This is a must thing to do at Bruny Island, do not miss it!

5.  Adventure Bay

5. Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay is a large eastern-facing bay on South Bruny. Adventure Bay is one of the main townships of Bruny Island tour. It is approximately 35 minutes drive from Roberts Point. Adventure Bay is the base of a number of the island's main walks and a variety of tourist attractions. The Adventure Bay Beach is a popular spot for swimming as it is one of the more sheltered beaches on the island. The area is also of cultural and historical significance with a decorated history. Adventure Bay was named after Captain Tobias Furneaux's ship 'The Adventure' in 1773. The area was visited by Furneaux and also Captains Cook, Bligh, D'Entrecasteaux and Tobin in the 1700 s.

6.  Bruny Island Wildlife

6. Bruny Island Wildlife

Don't miss the opportunities to see the wildlife on Bruny Island tour. Wildlife-spotting opportunities abound on Bruny Island, whether you embark on a wilderness cruise, hike through the South Bruny National Park, or take in the views from Bruny Island Neck. Rare animal sightings include white wallabies, forty-spotted pardalotes, and great white sharks, while more common finds are New Zealand fur seals and southern elephant seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, penguins, and humpback whales. This is undoubtedly one of the best things to do at Bruny Island.

Bruny Island Hobart Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

There is no admission to do Bruny Island tour. You can enter the island for free. However, you need to pay for the ferry and the activities on the island.

How To Get Around?

Bruny Island is approximately 100 km from one end to the other. The main road stretches the length of the island (Bruny Island Main Road), with branch roads to towns, beaches and attractions. Expect to take around 45 minutes to drive between the ferry and Adventure Bay or Allonah at the north of the South Island. Then another half an hour or so from there down to Cape Bruny. The common ways to explore are by private car or by tour.There is no scheduled public transport on the island.There are no facilities provided on the narrow shoulders for cyclists.Please note that there is no public transport on the island.

What Should I Wear?

We suggest wearing warm, comfortable clothing. It's a good idea to bring a jacket and don't forget your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities. If you plan to swim, bring your swimsuit, towels, and change of clothes. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes for the hiking.

Bruny Island Hobart Facts

Best Time to Visit

The most popular time to do Bruny Island tour is summer, when weather is warmer and all the island's attractions are open. Tours, ferries, and accommodations can be more expensive at this time, however, especially over summer holidays (December to January), and advance bookings are advised. A winter visit can save money, and you'll get many of the natural wonders to yourself, but check ahead that accommodations and attractions are open.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You won't need a guide to explore Bruny Island. You can enjoy the things to do at Bruny Island by yourself, which could be more exciting.

How To Get There?

The easiest way to go to Bruny Island is by booking a tour from Hobart. Another way to visit Bruny Island is by vehicle ferry. The Bruny Island Ferry, The Mirambeena, departs from Kettering, 40 minutes drive south of Hobart. The Bruny Island Ferry crossing takes 20 minutes and offers excellent views of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel from the upper deck. You can also take your vehicle on the ferry but there is an extra fee for that. Please note that the ferry's schedules and prices are varry depending on the weather and season. You should check Bruny Island's official website to check the schedule before you visit.

Additional Info

Cell phone coverage can vary throughout Bruny Island, and free Wi-Fi is only available at some hotels and guesthouses. Tasmania's notoriously changeable weather means it's best to always have a raincoat or umbrella handy, even in summer. Some boat cruises, accommodation options, and ferries are wheelchair accessible, but check in advance to avoid disappointment. The advisory speed limit drops to 45 km/h on many parts of the main road between dusk and dawn - due to the danger of hitting wildlife. Insurance on many rental cars does not cover damage done to their cars hitting wildlife between dusk and dawn.