Take the Bruny Island Ferry from the seaside town of Kettering (35 minutes south of Hobart) to North Bruny Island. The ferry trip takes about 15 minutes and costs $30 return per car.
Once landed on North Bruny follow the convoy of hire cars, motorhomes and campervans heading southward along Bruny Island Main Road: destination Adventure Bay; a picturesque 40-kilometre drive.
Around the halfway mark make sure you stop at the Penguin Rookery and Lookout on the left hand side of the strip that connects the North and South Islands. Make sure you go all the way to the top of the stairs. There is a magnificent view of Adventure Bay to the east and Isthmus Bay to the west.
Arrive at Adventure Bay. For couples, I can suggest a stay at the 43 Degrees Studio Spa Apartments; named after the bay’s latitude of 43 degrees south. There are three detached Studio Spa Apartments in a lush landscaped setting just a short stroll from the beach. The apartments have each been designed to achieve a 6 star energy rating and the timber used in the construction is either recycled or plantation sourced. There are tea and coffee making facilities with complimentary plunger coffee, a toaster, a bar fridge, crockery, cooking utensils, an outdoor deck with barbeque and an alfresco setting for two from where you should be able to spot plenty of wildlife. If you prefer to stay indoors there is a complimentary bottle of Tasmanian red wine, excellent heating and the bed had a cosy electric blanket. The apartments face the street so you will need to draw the blinds at night for privacy Also, the bathroom is large but fairly dark. There is a handheld shower over the spa bath, which can be awkward to use as it is low on the wall and impossible to stand beneath. Maybe stick to the spa bath!
43 Degrees also has larger Self-Contained Apartments further around Adventure Bay. There is also a good camping / caravan park near the island’s General Store where you can pick up some simple supplies. For other accommodation options on Bruny look here: http://www.brunyislandaccommodation.com.au
What to eat? If you have not brought supplies you can’t go past Hotel Bruny for dinner. If you’re driving there at dusk and after be careful of the wallabies that like to get caught in your headlights!
The hotel looks simple from the exterior but what lies beneath is an inspiring menu that pays homage to Tasmanian produce. In all my Tassie travels and – perhaps in all of my life – I have not eaten better oysters. Freshly shucked; their plump creaminess was buoyed by remnants of salty seawater, all washed down with a pre-dinner sip of local sparkling. Heaven. We also had the beer battered version – light and crispy and a real treat.
For mains we enjoyed Bruny Island salmon and a Tassie steak served with Huon mushroom sauce. The service was warm and welcoming and the view spectacular. We were there on a Sunday night and the restaurant was pretty busy so I would recommend booking. A good tip is to arrive early and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at sunset. The Bruny Hotel also has accommodation if you prefer to stay on the western side of the southern island and avoid the drive to dinner.
After a good night’s sleep listening to the waves break gently over Adventure Bay beach take a sunrise walk. You’ll probably see more wallabies than people!
Peter from 43 Degrees will discretely deliver a breakfast basket to your door. We were treated to warm, fresh ciabatta and croissants with a selection of condiments and a few slices of homemade macadamia nut bar. There aren’t other breakfast options in the Bay so the delivery was very welcome.
Checkout from your accommodation and head north to the Bruny Island Berry Farm where you can purchase some local foodie goods, have a morning tea treat and pick your own berries including raspberries, blueberries and boysenberries.
A further 5 minutes up the road you can call into the Bruny Island Providore to satisfy any sweet tooth with some local fudge, truffles and chocolate.
Don’t miss the Bruny Island Cheese Co. for a tasting. It’s another 15 minutes in the car. The washed rind 1792 is a favourite! You can also taste local beer and cider and, if time is on your side, you can sit down for a cheese platter or coffee and cake. Make sure you grab some freshly baked sourdough still warm from the wood fired oven to take away with you. There is also a great selection of other foodie goodies available in the cellar door shop.
Back in the car and two minutes up the road, visit Get Shucked and take away some oysters from the Drive Through. They are the Pacific variety; raised until 60mm in size in the pristine waters of the d’Entrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island’s west coast and the mainland.
Last stop is the Tasmanian House of Whisky to sample a dram or two of Tasmania’s well known and lesser-known varieties and take home some products from BISH – the Bruny Island Smokehouse.
Join the queue at the Ferry Terminal and stretch your legs with a coffee from the friendly and quirky Ferry Terminal Kiosk while watching the Mirambeena come in to land.
Drive a few hundred metres up the road to the Oyster Cove Inn – a gorgeous looking whitewashed pub dating back to the 1890s with a large outdoor deck where you can lap up the sunshine while enjoying a drink or counter meal overlooking quirky garden sculptures and the marina.
Stay as long as you like, as the drive back to Hobart is an easy 30 minutes. Better still, maybe stay the night….