Introducing Bruny Island
Bruny Island, named after French explorer Bruny D’Entrecasteaux, is almost two islands, joined by a narrow, sandy isthmus called The Neck. Renowned for its wildlife (fairy penguins, echidnas, mutton birds), it’s a windswept, sparsely populated retreat, blown-over by ocean rains in the south, dry and beachy in the north. For info, visit www.brunyisland.net.
Too many visitors try unsuccessfully to cram their Bruny experience into one day, but you really need two or three to explore the island’s coastal enclaves, swimming and surf beaches, forests and walking tracks within South Bruny National Park.
Tourism is key to the island’s economy, though as yet there are no large resorts – just self-contained cottages and guesthouses. A car or bicycle is essential for getting around. Supplies are available at the well-stocked Adventure Bay general store and small shops at Alonnah and Lunawanna. There are no shops in the northern part of the island. Many island roads are unsealed – not all car rental companies are cool with this concept.
The curiosity-arousing Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration (
From October to April, Bruny Island Cruises (
Travellers without wheels could try Bruny Island Charters’ Bruny Island Bus Service ($45;