As soon as we arrived via the Bruny Island Ferry, it was obvious our trip across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in southern Tassie was bound to involve food and dining. We had to travel a mere 100 metres after disembarking at Roberts Point for a chance to purchase fresh cherries.
Adventure Bay Road: Food and Dining
Now we did see quite a few Bruny Island highlights thanks to our gracious hosts; the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, for one. But we’re not ashamed to admit our all-too-brief visit did include quite a lot of food and dining, much of it located very conveniently on Adventure Bay Road.
Anelda Lotter warned us in her article that a day trip to Bruny was ill-advised, so we did stay for a couple of nights. We’re still to visit Gabrielle and Michael Morgan in Dennes Point at their adopted Tasmanian town, and share a coffee at Jetty Cafe. And rest assured, we do realise there’s still more to cover. We will just have to return again. Not for the food and dining alone; but that certainly offers additional incentive!
For the purposes of keeping this article concise, we’ll limit the mentions to three food and dining experiences this time around. We were told by our knowledgeable hosts that Bruny Island Providore is popular with all their guests. It’s a boutique chocolate factory outlet of sorts, found at 53 Adventure Bay Road. Shelves lining the gift shop are filled with fudge, truffles and chocolates produced on-site.
Bruny Island Providore also stock a range of small toys, so the place is a wonderland for kids. They’re open every day and offer tastings to visitors. Before entering the gift shop, Tasmanian tourists have the opportunity to stick their head through a hole and miraculously morph into a penguin! Very cute, and visitors go on to share the advertising of the business with their holiday snaps. Clever… we like it.
Bruny Island Providore to Hothouse Cafe
We also liked Hothouse Cafe at 46 Adventure Bay Road, across the road from Bruny Island Providore. Lunch at the cafe is served in… well, a hothouse! A great sheltered spot, with nice water views over The Neck, towards Storm Bay and the Tasman Peninsula. We were blessed with a lovely warm day, and the place was very busy with people dining both inside the hothouse and outside on the terrace.
Patrons consisted of families like us; and what appeared to be couples on holiday in Tasmania. The choice of food at Hothouse Cafe was perfect for our needs: a good selection of casual meals with reasonable prices. Without doubt the best selection around our table was the house specialty platter. With a glass of wine or two, we could’ve spent the entire day just gazing out to sea.
Food and Dining:Bruny Island Berry Farm
The third and final of our food and dining establishments for the purposes of this article: the Bruny Island Berry Farm. And guess what, it’s also on Adventure Bay Road. At 550 Adventure Bay Road it’s closer to the small Bruny Island town of Adventure Bay and opposite a stunning beach; good for a long walk to earn a treat.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can indulge in a selection of light meals and berry treats over the summer months. The Bruny Island Berry Farm is closed over winter… there’s no berries then! We enjoyed hot coffee in the sun, but they also have indoor dining for less-than-perfect days. The kids chose chocolate ice-cream and raspberry sorbet, and then played totem tennis on the lawn. Bliss.
So, we’ve acknowledged there’s lots to cover on Bruny Island. We’ve presented three Adventure Bay Road food and dining places, and no doubt there’s more we’ve missed. But never fear, we’ll visit again. If you have your own experience to share, we’d love to hear. Readers and business owners are always welcome to contact Think Tasmania.