Welcome to Bruny Island
Bruny Island is almost two islands, joined by a narrow, 5km-long sandy isthmus called the Neck. Renowned for wildlife (little penguins, echidnas, mutton birds), it’s a windswept, sparsely populated isle, blown by ocean rains in the south, and dry and beachy in the north. Access is via a short car-ferry chug from Kettering.Bruny’s coastal scenery is magical. There are countless swimming and surf beaches, plus good... Read More
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Bruny Island Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour from Hobart
Your tour begins with pickup from your Hobart hotel and a scenic drive to the pretty coastal town of Kettering, where your Bruny Island ferry departs.Enjoy the 15-minute cruise over to Bruny Island, then travel by air-conditioned minivan to the narrow neck of land connecting the north and south parts of the island, passing oyster farms and grazing properties en route. Your island tour begins with views from Adventure Bay lookout and the Hummock lookout, a significant indigenous site that's home to Truganini Memorial. Next enjoy the views and feel of the white sand beaches with free time to walk along the beach or take a swim in the ocean.Continue to Adventure Bay and Resolution Creek named after Captain Cooks ship and stop for morning tea (at own expense) at the Bruny Island Berry Farm ( closed during the winter months). Locally grown berry fruits are available in all kinds of ways here, including ice cream, pancakes, scones with jam and cream, strawberry and chocolate fondue, and berry cakes.Your tour continues over the Mount Mangana Trail and through ancient rainforests with Tree Ferns standing 16-foot (5 meters) high on the way to Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The lighthouse is Australia's last vantage point to spot migrating humpback and southern right whales, and an important navigational landmark for ships at sea. The coastal views are amongst the best in Tasmania with rugged dolerite coastlines looming eerily over the Tasman Sea.Feeling hungry by now, stop at Hotel Bruny for a wonderful lunch featuring local Tasmanian produce, including locally caught fish, and Tasmanian beef and lamb.The afternoon is all about nature and more food, with stops at the Bruny Island Cheese Company to taste delicious artisan cheeses, fresh oysters at Get Shucked can be purchased, and Bruny Island Smokehouse factory outlet visit (Fri to Sun). Walk off your indulgent lunch and tastings on a short stroll along the coast and through Bruny Island’s pristine bushland, keeping an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, wildflowers and the island's unique birdlife.Later in the afternoon, enjoy the round-trip ferry to Kettering and stop off for a chocolate-making presentation and tasting at Nutpatch Nougat Chocolates before returning to Hobart.
Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
Enjoy a full-day Tasmanian tour like no other as you explore the rugged coastline of Bruny Island, off the southeast coast of Tasmania. Sit back and admire the stunning scenery as you travel approximately 45-minutes by coach from Hobart; your driver will provide commentary and highlight the points of interest along the way. Once you reach the coast, it’s a short hop across the water by ferry to Adventure Bay, where you will have a delicious morning tea with freshly baked muffins hot out of the oven.Then get set for an exhilarating adventure as you board the boat for a 3-hour wilderness cruise. The custom-built boat is perfect for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife, and the covered open-air seating gives you access to great views and a connection with the environment.Feel your adrenaline pumping as the boat races between the sheer cliff faces, and then drift up close to the amazing ‘Breathing Rock’ and see the point where the treacherous Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean. There are plenty of opportunities to encounter the region’s remarkable wildlife -- keep a look out for sea eagles soaring high, pods of dolphins surfing alongside the boat and colonies of fur seals. You may even see a great white shark!After an amazing tour on the water, return to Adventure Bay and warm up with lunch of hot homemade soup and a gourmet roll before boarding the coach for the return trip to Hobart.
Bruny Island 7-Course Gourmet Day Trip from Hobart
After hotel pickup in Hobart by air-conditioned 18-passenger bus, head to Kettering for the 15-minute ferry crossing to Bruny Island. Listen to your guide, a knowledgeable local who is highly trained in the island's wildlife, vegetation and other characteristics, tell you about what to expect during your culinary adventure. Upon arrival, your tour starts with a short drive to your first destination, Bruny Island Cheese Company. Sit down as a group and enjoy a private meet-and-greet with the head cheese maker to learn how they craft their artisan cheeses from sustainably farmed cow's and goat's milk. See the cheese maturing room, share platters of cheeses and taste hand-crafted ale. Next up, visit Get Shucked Oysters and enjoy half a dozen oysters per person, freshly shucked by your server, who shares with you the harvesting story. Feel free to snap photos from your vantage point overlooking the waters where the oysters are farmed. Then continue to Bruny Island Berry Farm for a stroll through the berry fields, pluck sweet, juicy berries straight from the patch (in season) and enjoy a berry inspired morning tea and hot tea or coffee.Refreshed and relaxed, work off some of your food by taking a short walk along a spectacular white-sand beach, and stop at Two Tree Point, the heritage-listed site where Captain Cook replenished water supplies for his ship Endeavor. Nearby, enter an ancient reserve, and look for rare white wallabies, who have few predators on the island and have increased their numbers. You may also spot echidnas and some of the 12 species of endemic birds. Hop back on your bus to visit Bruny Island Premium Wines for lunch accompanied by a wine of your choice. See the vineyards, sip the fruits of the vine and feast on a seasonal meal that features local products. Be sure to save room for handmade chocolate treats at your next destination, Bruny Island Chocolate Company.Stop at the Neck, a strip of land connecting the island’s northern and southern sections. Here you can along the deserted beach, dip your feet in the water, see the Truganini Memorial and enjoy sweeping views from the lookout. Conclude your food journey with a glass of award-winning Tasmanian whiskey from the Bruny Island House of Whisky before returning to your Hotel in Hobart.
Mount Wellington Tour from Hobart
Crowned by alpine vegetation, dusted by snow in winter, Mt. Wellington enables you to glimpse the unfolding panorama of river, fields and the aquatic setting of Hobart town. On a clear day from the summit, there are spectacular views over the City of Hobart, down to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, as you take in the views you will understand why this imposing mountain is close to the heart of the people of Hobart. Highlights: St David's ParkBattery Point - charming houses, boutique shops and pubsArthur's CircusAnglesea Barracks - Australia's oldest Army facilitySouth Hobart - fine examples of early Hobart homesCascade Valley - home of Cascade Brewery and GardensPretty mountain town of FerntreePass through various eco systems as you ascend the mountainMassive rock formation of the Organ PipesMt. Wellington Summit - a harsh rocky alpine environment affording unsurpassed views on a clear dayWitness the panoramic spectacle of Hobart, its surrounding suburbs, towns and vast waterwaysVisit remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prisonMacquarie StreetClick on "View Additional Info" for hotel pickup list
Mt Wellington Tour and MONA Admission
Start the day with a morning tour to the summit of Mount Wellington, capped with snow in winter and topped with alpine vegetation year-round. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, taking in the city of Hobart and meandering the Derwent River, all the way to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island on a clear day.Your Mount Wellington tour also takes you to some of Hobart’s most popular sights, including St David's Park, the charming houses of Battery Point and Arthur's Circus, the historic Anglesea Barracks and Female Factory prison, the lovely homes of south Hobart and the Cascade Valley’s brewery and gardens.Arrive at MONA by coach transfer admire the cutting-edge complex of modern buildings on your approach to the museum's entrance, then lose yourself in Australia’s largest privately funded gallery of ancient and modern artworks, collected and exhibited by Tasmanian-born entrepreneur David Walsh.From mixed-media installations to 3D sculptures and Neolithic artifacts, be enthralled, inspired and sometimes confronted by this collection exploring the inner recesses of the human experience and psyche.While viewing the collections, you can learn more about the exhibits via a hand-held touch-screen device, and interact by recording your own impressions and responses.The collection is vast, so relax while you’re at MONA by visiting the museum’s restaurant, cafe or wine bar, with its cellar door highlighting the region's local wines (own expense).Leaving MONA, take a scenic ferry ride along the Derwent River back to Hobart.
Fresh from the Ocean: Tasmanian Seafood Gourmet Lunch Cruise
Meet your two expert guides and travel companions at Franklin Wharf on Hobart’s historic waterfront. After a brief introduction and safety talk, step aboard the custom-built boat, equipped with a spacious enclosed cabin, comfortable leather seats, and large windows for excellent viewing. Leave the city behind for a trip along the waterways of Hobart. Admire spectacular scenery as you glide down the Derwent River into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel around Bruny Island. Throughout the day, your guide shares extensive knowledge of the region, informed by years of experience in and around these waters. Your first destination is a salmon farm where thousands of salmon are raised in large pens along the coast. There is an opportunity to taste the salmon, prepared on board three ways ultra-fresh sashimi-style, hot smoked and cold smoked. Continue on to an oyster farm where you will help your guide haul up a net of oysters. Slurp the succulent, salty oysters straight from the shell. Cruise to a secluded bay where your boat drops anchor, take a look around at the pristine surroundings; enjoy the clear blue water, clean air, deserted beaches and beautiful bays. Here, your guide will jump into the water to hunt for ocean gems; abalone and sea urchins. If it seems like something you could do, think again: Licenses are required to catch these critters, and this tour is one of the only ways you'll get to see firsthand how it's done. Back on board the boat watch as your guide prepares the ocean bounty that you have gathered. Try rock lobster prepared two ways, cooked and sashimi style, along with delicious seafood dishes cooked up on the spot. The meal is accompanied by a gourmet spread of fresh local breads, salads and artisan cheeses, and matched with premium wines, boutique beer, ciders and locally-made organic juices.