Part of the appeal of Bruny Island Coastal Retreat’s accommodation is its seclusion. Each property is located on large bush or coastal blocks, providing privacy, silence and serenity. This seclusion at the southern end of south Bruny means that each property is located more than 30 minutes’ drive from the nearest store, so it is recommended visitors bring their own provisions to make the most of the beautiful setting.
The drive from Hobart to the Bruny Island Ferry at Kettering takes visitors past some excellent produce outlets. In particular, the butcher at Snug (Snug Butcher, 2203 Channel Hwy, Snug TAS 7054; Phone: (03) 6267 9127) where meat can be pre-ordered and rib-eye steaks are a specialty; and the Oyster Cove Store (2701 Channel Hwy, Oyster Cove TAS 7150; Phone: (03) 6267 4340) offers a great range of locally sourced cheese, meat, seafood, bread and drinks.
Once on the island and travelling south towards Bruny Island Coastal Retreat accommodation, there is a string of excellent food and drink producers that are highly recommended to visitors wanting to enjoy the best quality local provisions.
The first is the Bruny Island House of Whisky, winner of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association 2015 Best Specialty Bar in Tasmania, providing a huge range of Tasmanian and imported whiskies, as well as smoked meats and fish. (House of Whisky, 360 Lennon Road, Bruny Island, Tasmania 7150; Phone: (03) 6260 6344; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tasmanianhouseofwhisky.com.au ).
Further south on the main road you come to Get Shucked (1650 Bruny Island Main Road, Great Bay, Tasmania 7150; Phone: 0428 606 250; email@example.com; www.getshucked.com.au), an oyster farm and oyster bar that is home to the freshest oysters anywhere – they are literally grown across the road and harvested daily.
Next is Bruny Island Cheese, an artisan cheese maker offering, amongst other things, its own raw milk cheeses, sourdough bread and beer (1807 Main Road, Great Bay, Tasmania 7150; Phone: (03) 6260 6353; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.brunyislandcheese.com.au ).
Further south, past The Neck and the township of Alonnah, is Bruny’s winery: Bruny Island Premium Wines (4391 Main Road, Lunawanna, Tasmania 7150; Mobile: 0409 973 033; email@example.com; www.brunyislandwine.com ), home to premium wines and cider from Australia’s southern-most vineyard. It offers an extensive lunchtime dining menu showcasing exquisite Bruny Island produce.
Milk, bread, chocolate and other essential provisions – like made-to-order bread rolls or excellent hamburgers – can be picked up at the Alonnah General Store (3 William Carte Drive, Alonnah; Phone: 03 6293 1029) or the Adventure Bay General Store (710 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay; Phone: (03) 6293 1119).
Across the road from the water at Alonnah is the Bruny Hotel (3959 Main Road, Alonnah, Tasmania 7150; Phone: (03) 6293 1148 ; Mobile: 0427 931 271 ; ) – a good location to enjoy a quiet beer or two or a nice dinner overlooking the water. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, visitors are welcome to take part in a truly Bruny experience: the weekly meat raffle, Friday nights at 6pm.
Other essential services include:
Bruny D'Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre
Ferry Road, Kettering - at the ferry terminal
Bruny Island visitor information
Phone: 03 6267 4494
Bruny Island Cafe
3349 Bruny Island Main Rd, South Bruny TAS 7150
Phone: 0427 931 271
Bruny Island Ferry Company
Departure from Ferry Road, Kettering - bookings not required
Phone: 03 6272 3277
Bruny Island Online Access Centre
School Road, Alonnah
Phone: 03 6293 2036 / Fax: 03 6293 2046
Bruny Towing and Mechanical
Adventure Bay - RACT Agent and Towing
Phone: 03 6293 1108
9.5GVM Tow Truck - Insured/Warranted Mechanical Work
RACT: 131 111
Parks and Wildlife Services Tasmania
South Bruny National Park
Phone: 03 6293 1419
Main Road, Alonnah
Phone: 03 6293 2090
Bruny Island Community Health Centre
16 School Road, Alonnah
Phone: 03 6293 1143
Bruny Island Community Library
School Road, Alonnah
Phone: 03 6293 2038
Open 1pm to 4pm Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday