Planning a trip to Bruny Island

Why Bruny Island ?

Bruny Island is one of the most beautiful and pristine locations in Australia. It has been blessed with an abundance of unique wildlife such as the White Wallaby and provides a haven and sanctuary to a number of endangered species including the stunning Swift Parrot and Forty-Spotted Pardalote.

If you have a taste for the freshest of oysters, incredible cheese and sweet tangy berries then you will not be disappointed. These are all the better when matched with premium wines from the family owned vineyard or something from the House of Whisky.

For those who are adventurous, boat tours, bushwalking, surfing, kayaking and fishing opportunities are in abundance.

Make sure you bring your camera, book a multi-day trip and make the most of an incredible place.

Itinerary Options

  • We recommend that you spend at least 2-3 days and if you can a week will give you time to unwind and appreciate how special Bruny Island really is. We would love to have you stay at any one of our special properties as listed here.

  • Food, food and more food. A pristine environment combined with entrepreneurial passion for food has resulted in some of the finest wine, cheese and oysters anywhere. Make sure you visit Get Shucked Oysters, The Bruny Island Cheese Company and Bruny Island Premium Wines.

  • Exploring and immersing yourself in nature. Bushwalking around South Bruny National Park and Lighthouse, surfing at Cloudy Bay and the numerous fishing locations are all highlights detailed in our Activities section.

  • Discover for yourself the history of Bruny Island at the History Room in the old Court House next door to Alonnah Post Office and adjacent to the Police Station. Learn about the history of the old explorers at the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration in Adventure Bay.

Things to consider before you set off

  • You'll need to take a car on the ferry to Bruny Island. It is over 60km from the ferry terminal to the Bruny Island Lighthouse in South Bruny. There is no public transport or taxi service on the Island.

  • Allow extra time during summer months and busy holidays for the ferry queues both on and off the island. The ferry runs daily 365 days a year. No bookings are taken and all tickets are open return tickets. Our ferry page has timetable, fare and other ferry details.

  • There is only 1 petrol station on the Island. It is located at the Adventure Bay General Store which is open 7.15am - 7pm daily.

  • Bruny Island does not have large shopping centres or 24/7 fast food venues. Life runs at a quieter pace. Locals do some of their shopping at Kingston on the way to Bruny Island from Hobart. It has the major supermarkets and a liquor store.

  • Groceries can be bought from the Adventure Bay, Alonnah and Oyster Cove general stores.

  • There is a pharmacy, post office and Police Station at Alonnah. In an emergency dial 000 for assistance. Be alert to bushfire danger, know your bushfire plan and monitor alerts on the Tasmania Fire service website.

  • If considering cycling around Bruny Island please consider that many of the road users are tourists. The southern roads are largely unsealed, at times dusty behind vehicles and the road shoulder may be quite narrow.

  • Mobile phone coverage is variable across the island. Telstra currently provides the best coverage.

Packing suggestions

  • Camera and charger, even if its just your mobile phone. Make sure it is fully charged each day for the fantastic photos you will be taking.

  • A range of clothing options. Bathers for when the sun comes out and you visit the incredible beaches and crystal clear waters of Adventure and Cloudy Bay. At night and on the more temperate days have a fleece and rain proof jacket on hand. Thongs for the beach, boots for hiking and uggies for relaxing around the fire.

  • Pack your hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and any medical supplies you may require. It's a good idea to have a small medical kit in your car for any bumps and bruises.