Bruny Island has long been a destination for those wanting to enjoy its spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife from the Northern beachside village of Dennes Point to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse on South Bruny. It is now as well known for its gourmet produce and award winning Eco Boat Cruises. For those who make the 15 minute crossing from Kettering a myriad of attractions await.
The Island is approximately 70km long and is made up of North Bruny and South Bruny with the isthmus ( commonly called the neck ) bridging them. The North of Bruny has some beautiful beaches and pastoral land while the South is home to the National Park, stunning coastlines and rainforests.
At the isthmus you can climb up to Truganini Lookout and be inspired by the panorama. The Neck is also home to the Penguin rookery and migrating Shearwater and Sea Eagles can also be sighted. There are many species of birds on Bruny Island that attract visitors from all over the world. All 12 species that are endemic to Tasmania are found on Bruny!
Migrating whales and pods of dolphins are now a common sight in the waters surrounding the Island particularly Adventure Bay and the area has now officially been listed in the whale watching guide.
There is wildlife everywhere you go and what better way to view it than enjoying one of the many walks the island is well known for from the family friendly Grass Point track to the more challenging Slide Track. Or you can simply kick your shoes off and feel the warm sand beneath your feet as you tackle the many kilometres of pristine beach on offer.
The culture and history of Bruny Island is a very important part of its fabric and is celebrated in its Museum, History Centre and Quarantine Station. The colourful history of the Island is available in the many books and publications available at these centres. The local art and craft galleries are a showcase of the diversity of the Island incorporating its past with its present and future.
Fresh produce and innovative ways of preparing and presenting it has become an attraction in its own right. Smoked produce, succulent oysters, award winning cheese, wine, chocolates and farm fresh berries are amongst the many culinary delights on offer. You can choose to do a road trip by car or bike around the Island and spend at least a couple of days sampling the local produce whilst enjoying the local vista.
If you prefer to catch your own dinner there are charter boats that will take you out to dive and/or fish and you may head home with a feast of crayfish, flathead, trumpeter and abalone.
To truly appreciate the attractions of Bruny Island you need to plan a visit of at least a few days because once you arrive you will realise your stay wont be long enough.
Stay and explore!