Bruny Island, Tasmania, travel guide and things to do: Nine must-do highlights


In the city, you might get drive-through fast food, or alcohol, even coffee. Here on Bruny Island, you get a drive-through window for oysters – Get Shucked Oysters is on the main road, and it's a dozen minutes from the ferry terminal to get however many dozen you want, shucked or not according to your preference. They're fresh from the adjacent lease and taste like the clear waters they came from. If you'd prefer to eat on site, there's a fully-licenced oyster bar and a menu of natural or cooked oysters. See


Bruny Island Cheese Company is an artisan cheese maker in southern Tasmania, owned and operated by Nick Haddow. Our cheeses are all made and matured using traditional techniques and are some of the finest artisan cheeses made in Australia. tra20-brunyguide
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Bruny Island Cheese Company is an artisan cheese maker in southern Tasmania. Photo: adam gibson

Leading the pack of Bruny's boutique producers, Bruny Island Cheese Co is a cheese-lovers fantasy, with a display and selection of the most remarkable fresh and aged cheese. This is also an excellent lunch spot, with tables spread like little islands through the nearby bush and a menu of pizzas and more. They're also brewers, so a cheese and beer match is on the cards if that's to your liking. The Cheese Co is a 15-minute drive from the Ferry terminal and a few minutes from Get Shucked oysters. See


Just about any drive on the Island is packed with scenery, but, like Tasmania itself, Bruny is bigger than you think – it's an hour's drive from the ferry terminal all the way south to the lighthouse at Cape Bruny. But that drive in its entirety, or maybe just from Alonnah to the Cape, is a rich scenic package through farmland and forests until you approach the Cape, where the sea runs wild and the cliffs reach high. See


Bruny Island Neck is an isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island. tra20-brunyguide
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Bruny Island Neck is an isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island. Photo: Jason Charles Hill

The Neck is the length of sand that stretches like a piece of dough between North and South Bruny. It's actually an unusual geological feature called a tombolo peninsula, an isthmus made pretty much of beach (although this one also has a road). Tasmania has more than its fair share, with five tombolos, including at Maria Island and Freycinet. The lookout here, just before you cross the neck heading south, looks out over the sea and is the spot to see fairy penguins at dusk. There's also a camping ground nearby. See


​Bruny is geared for camping, for locals with shacks and for travellers in pods, lodges and Airbnbs. For the latter, look at Bruny Boathouse in Alonnah. It has quite the set-up and quite the view out its big folding glass doors, looking west over Satellite Island and D'Entrecasteaux Channel and all the way to the Hartz Mountains in the great beyond. The Hotel Bruny is a 10-minute walk along the beach and despite its humble exterior makes some very good meals for eat-in or take away. See


Quirky museums are always worth a stop and stare. At Adventure Bay, the sea-borne explorers get the attention in the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, a museum established to explore and explain the many landings at Adventure Bay, from Abel Tasman in 1642 to Tobias Furneaux in 1773, James Cook and William Bligh in 1777 (for the first of four landings for Bligh), Nicolas Baudin in 1802 and many others. All going well, the museum opens from 10am to 4pm daily, except Christmas Day and Good Friday. See


A few kilometres before you reach Alonnah, there's a rustic sign in the trees advising of "wood oven bread ahead" and there it is, an old Kelvinator fridge on a gravel-road turnoff with the produce of #thebrunybaker waiting within. The shelves are stacked with fresh sourdough loaves and what would once have been the little freezer compartment might hold some Anzac or brownie slice. It costs $7.50 for a loaf and $2.50 for a piece of slice. Pop your $10 in the honesty box at the bottom of the fridge and be on your way. On Instagram, look for @thebrunybaker



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See seals and dolphins along the coast of South Bruny.

Looking at the island from the sea, the cliffs soar, the blowhole breathes, the kelp sweeps this way and that. You'll see seals and dolphins, and, with some luck, some whales breaching and feeding on their steady migration north or south. Bruny Island Cruises run a three-hour cruise out of Adventure Bay and along the coast of South Bruny. It's all done in a comfortable and capable open boat with expert and informative crew. See


The base for the cruises is a visitor centre at Adventure Bay, which has a shop specialising in the work of local artisans, booking desk for the cruises and – best of all – an expansive deck looking out over the water. There's also a restaurant specialising in seafood, matched with wine from Bruny Island and other parts of Tasmania. The menu has fancy filled rolls, fresh salads and classics such as and fish and chips; all-up, it's a good option to rest and reflect on the cruise. See


This is an island rich in produce – bread, cheese, spreads and sauces, oysters, beer, whiskey, honey and chocolate among them. If they're on your list, then get them here. Otherwise, bring your own; range is limited at the island stores and they charge island prices. See

Jim Darby was a guest of Bruny Boathouse and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.