Bruny Island Long Weekend’s glamping experience, Bruny Island, TAS © Tourism Tasmania

Guide to Bruny Island

Bruny Island Cheese Co. © Andrew Wilson, Tourism Tasmania

Dine on fabulous food and wine

Bruny Island has a thriving culture of home-grown food and wine. Visit Bruny Island Cheese Co. to sample traditional European cow's and goat's milk cheeses. Call into Australia’s southernmost vineyard, Bruny Island Premium Wines, for a glass of Pinot Noir with lunch. Or make yourself a picnic at Bruny Island Berry Farm, at Adventure Bay on South Bruny Island. Here you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, enjoy berry-flavoured ice-cream and take home a souvenir pot of berry jam. If you want to try a bit of everything, join a sightseeing and gourmet food tour. Bruny Island Traveller offers a six-course, full-day island tour, while Bruny Island Safaris offers a mix of nature, heritage and food.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse, South Bruny National Park, Bruny Island, TAS © Tourism Tasmania, Rob Burnett

Discover a fascinating history

Learn about the Aboriginal people, sailors, whalers and explorers who played a major role in Bruny Island's history at The Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration. Hear the story of the island's namesake, Captain Joseph Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, as well as the history of South Pacific exploration. Built in 1954 from thousands of convict-made bricks, the museum features documents, paintings and artefacts from explorers including Captain William Bligh, Captain James Cook and Matthew Flinders. Next, visit Cape Bruny Lighthouse in the island's south. The lighthouse is open to the public, with tours leading visitors up the spiral staircase to the balcony. It is easily reached along the one road leading into South Bruny National Park.

The Neck, Bruny Island, TAS © Aude Mayans

Explore on foot

The most photographed view of Bruny Island is from a lookout above The Neck, the strip of sand that links north and south. The 360-degree views from Truganini Lookout are unrivalled on the island, and it's a quick ascent up a timber staircase to reach it. Hiking trails are plentiful across Bruny and it is easy to explore them independently. However, if you prefer to have a guide, short walks are included in general island tours. If you are happy to go it alone, check out the great full-day Labillardiere Peninsula Walk in South Bruny National Park. It's a moderate trek that takes you through coastal heathland and dry sclerophyll forests.

Bruny Island Cruises, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys,  South Bruny National Park, Bruny Island, TAS © Tourism Tasmania, Joe Shemesh

Mix with the locals

Get up close to the island's wildlife on an eco cruise or guided nature tour. Award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys runs three-hour wilderness cruises that venture close to Bruny Island's rugged coastline and into deep sea caves as you search for Australian fur seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. Watch little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters return to their burrows from the ocean after dusk on an evening tour with Inala Nature Tours. Other fauna you can expect to see while visiting includes Bennetts wallabies, pademelons, echidnas and wombats. Don't forget to keep your eyes on the ocean for a wealth of marine life.

Bruny Island Long Weekend, Bruny Island, TAS © Tourism Tasmania, Bruny Island Long Weekend

Walk the island

Take a multi-day guided walk around Bruny Island hosted by an experienced guide from the Bruny Island Long Weekend tour company. Over three days you'll spot wildlife, sample local produce and sleep in luxury tented accommodation after exploring the island on foot. This all-inclusive guided experience is a great way to sample the best of Bruny's offerings in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, TAS © Tourism Tasmania, Rob Burnett

Stay the night

After a long day exploring the island you can retire to a bed and breakfast, an intimate cottage, a solar-powered apartment or a rainforest lodge. Soak in the views of Cloudy Bay and the Southern Ocean from a wood-fired hot tub on your private deck at Hundred Acre Hideaway, a luxurious, solar-powered option at Lunawanna. Or perhaps you would prefer a taste of country life at Parnella Adventure Bay, a secluded two-bedroom cottage a short stroll to Adventure Bay Beach. If you have simpler tastes, check out Captain Cook Holiday Park, with direct access to Adventure Bay Beach. There you have a choice between self-contained family cabins, one-bedroom villas and camping or caravan sites.

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