The Bruny Island tourist brochure tells you not to try and see all of Bruny in a day. You might be surprised to learn Bruny Island is nearly 100 kilometres long! If however you only have one day available in your touring schedule, this article will help you by pointing out a few must-see things on this beautiful island.
Beautiful Bruny Island
by Anelda Lötter
Bruny Island has so much to offer visitors. If you are after fresh air, beautiful rural scenes and a nice drive, you must take the ferry and cross over to this island. The ferry terminal is in Kettering and will take you over to Bruny Island within 15 minutes (to Roberts Point Ferry Terminal). You can take your car on the ferry for just $30.
Once on the island you can head north to Dennes Point and view Iron Pot (a very small island). Iron Pot has a lighthouse which was the first lighthouse built in Tasmania. It is the second oldest lighthouse built in Australia; it is the oldest original tower in Australia. It was also the first to utilise a locally made optic, and was the first Australian lighthouse to use solar power. Along the way to Dennes Point you will see beautiful picturesque scenes.
Driving from the North to the South of the island will take you over The Neck. The Neck is an isthmus of land connecting North and South Bruny Island. The Neck is an important habitat for Bruny’s native wildlife, and here you’ll find the Neck Game Reserve. Boardwalks and viewing platforms enable you to observe short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins (also known as fairy penguins).
Timber stairs (238) lead from the dunes to the Neck lookout (Penguin Rookery and Lookout), offering stunning 360 degree views over stunning Tasmanian beaches and beyond.
Food to Die For on Bruny
Bruny Island offers some exotic treats for food lovers (like me!). Do visit The Bruny Island Cheese Co. to taste some fine artisan cheese. These unique cheeses are truly a product of their environment. They say that age is of no importance, unless you are a cheese! Cheese maker, Nick Haddow, believes passionately in the old way of making and maturing cheese. For Nick the making cheese is a pursuit of integrity, authenticity and flavour.
A cheese platter may include the following cheeses: Tom, Raw Milk C2, Saint, 1792, Oen, O.D.O and Otto.
Another must visit for the foodie is Bruny Island Providore where you will find beautiful fudge and truffles. The Original Tasmanian Fudge Company is a boutique family-run business based at Hiba, a picturesque property on Bruny Island. The handmade fudge and other sweet products will be sure to satisfy the most discerning connoisseur. Their product is their passion and I (a true sucker for something sweet) can truly recommend a visit and a free tasting of some fudge.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse
The first recorded European history is in 1642 when Abel Tasman attempted to land in Adventure Bay (then nameless) but stormy seas prevented him. Over a hundred years later Tobias Furneaux came in his ship Adventure and gave the Bay its name. James Cook and William Bligh followed in turn, seeking fresh water, fuel, new lands to chart, and a respite from months at sea.
In 1792, Bruni D’Entrecasteaux by an error of navigation entered the channel and discovered Bruny to be an Island. Today the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island bear his name. The tower, designed by John Lee Archer, was built by convict labour. It was the third tower to be built in Tasmania after Iron Pot and the first Low Head Tower (replaced in 1888).
Bruny Island is truly a must see for all visitors to Tasmania and the Hobart surrounds. I saw all of the above in a one-day visit to Bruny, but this island captured my heart and I will definitely return for a longer stay in the near future.
Anelda Lötter has her own photography business: Anelda Lötter Photography. She moved from her native South Africa to make her home in Hobart. Once a lawyer, Anelda is passionate about capturing special memories for people and promises good, friendly service. Follow Anelda Lötter Photography on Facebook or phone 0459 192 091 to find out more about her business.
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