Bruny Island can be accessed by regular ferry service from Kettering in the Huon Valley/Channel region. Kettering is a comfortable 45 minute drive south of Hobart on the southern outlet via Kingston. To make the journey a bit more interesting, we usually travel along the coast road through Sandy Bay and Taroona where you may wish to visit to the Shot Tower.
Bruny Island Ferry: Kettering
Before you commence your journey, check out the Bruny Island Ferry departure times so that you don’t have to wait too long.
The ferry boat is a drive-on/drive-off style and the cost for a return trip is between $28 and $42 (at the time of writing) depending on the season and length of the vehicle. The good ship Mirambeena sails at a steady pace for twenty minutes before docking at Roberts Point south of Barnes Bay right at the start of the Bruny Island main road. The crossing can be a bit blowy but I don’t think you need to take tablets for sea sickness.
Isthmus: Memorial to Truganini
Now for those of you that don’t know what an isthmus is, I can tell you! It is a narrow strip of land between two seas. Bruny is almost like two islands (north and south) joined by an isthmus just wide enough for the road. With the sea either side, it makes for a very different drive. Halfway across the isthmus is a lookout and a memorial to Truganini, an aboriginal born on the island and married at the island’s mission in 1829.
Lookout for Bruny Island Residents
Before we went, I read there are more snakes on Bruny Island than anywhere else in Tasmania. This didn’t stop us from staying a few days and we’re glad we did as there’s so much to see and do. The coastal views are breathtaking, especially at Kelly’s Lookout.
We stayed in a small house in Lunawanna (South Bruny). It was fairly close to the Cape Bruny lighthouse where we spent time walking the surrounds. For those interested in history, you can visit the location of Captain James Cook’s 1777 landing at Adventure Bay.
Bruny Island Foodie Paradise
For the foodie, Bruny Island is paradise. I am told the Bruny Island Smokehouse (BISH) is a must. We chose a cheese platter and fresh baked bread from Nick Haddow’s cheese factory but you may choose to source freshly caught fish or oysters. The Hotel at Alonnah serves hearty pub food and you can sit outside drinking a cleansing ale right beside the sea.