Bruny Island is a special place. A premier Island destination in Tasmania. A place to really relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautifully peaceful surrounds.
Bruny Island is approximately 100 kilometres in length and lies off the Tasmanian coast south of Hobart. It consists of two islands. The islands are joined by The Neck, an isthmus of land and an important habitat for Bruny's native wildlife, including a penguin rookery and surf beach.
North Bruny Island is drier and more suited to livestock farming whereas South Bruny Island is more mountainous and has rainforests and areas of heathland, which form most of South Bruny National Park.
The whole island is breathtaking. From wild seascapes, deserted beaches, sweeping surf, rainforests, native wildlife to tall forests and farmlands, Bruny Island is a very diverse and scenically beautiful place.
There are many beach and coastal walks, excellent fishing and rare birdlife and wild flowers to see. There are white wallabies, black cockatoos, seals, dolphins, parrots, sea eagles and more to see on Bruny Island.
Bruny Island has a permanent population of approximately 620 people.
Bruny Island is home to some beautiful local produce and premium quality wines. The produce ranges from fudge, chocolate, truffles and berries to cheese, fresh oysters, cherries, smoked products and more.
THE STORY OF BRUNY ISLAND
In 1773 Tobias Furneaux, who was exploring the coastline with Captain James Cook anchored his vessel named the Adventure off the Islands coast. Four years later on the 26 January 1777, Cook sailed the Revolution and Discovery into Adventure Bay and stayed for two days. His contact with the Aboriginals who lived on the island was amicable.
In 1778 Captain Bligh anchored the Bounty in Adventure Bay and planted some seeds. It is claimed that Bligh was responsible for Tasmanias apple industry. He returned in 1792.
Bruny Island and the waterway between the Island and mainland Tasmania, however, is named for the French Explorer, Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, who first explored the area in 1792.
LINKS TO BRUNY ISLAND FOOD AND WINE
Bruny Island Berry Farm for berries, delicious icecream, jams, pancakes and more.
Bruny Island Cheese Company offers hand made cheese, cafe, sales and tastings, artisan products and more.
Bruny Island Premium Wines is Australia's most southern vineyard. Award winning wines, cellar door sales and tastings.
Bruny Island Smokehouse offers premium smoked produce, tastings and sales.
Get Shucked Oyster Farm offers fresh oyster sales from the farm.
Hotel Bruny offers a bistro style restaurant for lunch and dinner. It also includes a bottle shop and serves local produce wherever possible.
Hothouse Cafe offers alfresco dining, fine wine and great coffee.
Jetty Cafe offers good food with an emphasis on local produce. Located at Dennes Point, North Bruny Island.
The perfect base to explore this beautiful island is Sunset Bay Escape, true luxury Bruny Island accommodation.