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Bruny Island

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Jules Lund's latest journey started out by boat and ended up at a remarkable destination. As he said, he was going to an island off an island off an island.

Bruny Island is an hour from Hobart and the 72km dot of land, around the size of Singapore, is home to just 650 lucky people. It's made up of north and south islands, united by an isthmus known as "The Neck". There isn't a lot on the island and that's the way the locals like it. Accommodation is all self-contained. It's a BYO destination. There are very few shops, but you can buy oysters, wine, cheese and fudge from local producers.

Visit the south end of Bruny where Tasmania's first apple tree grew and see white Bennett's wallabies, unique to the area. They aren't albino and are called a painted wallaby. They have no natural predators on the island and with no need to camouflage themselves, they have de-evolved.

Get Shucked Oyster Farm

Located in Great Bay on the north of the island, Get Shucked is owned and operated by Joe Bennett. Their mobile van is open every day during summer and on Mondays and Thursdays in winter. Their freshly shucked oysters are grown on underwater beds in the pristine waters of the D'Entrecasteaux and are sought by restaurants in Tasmania, Sydney and Melbourne. If you love oysters you're bound to return for a dozen or so every day.

Bruny Island Weekender

The owners of this wow-factor accommodation have been holidaying in South Bruny for years. They built a funky new shack suitable for four in north Bruny a year ago and it's fantastic.

There are two pavilions, joined by a private covered deck with barbecue. The front pavilion has two bedrooms with panel heaters and sharing an ensuite. There's a bathtub on wheels so it can be moved around. The other pavilion houses a stainless steel kitchen, dining facilities, leather lounges, television and artworks by Tasmania artists.

You won't be bothered by telephones, computers or the Internet. Instead, relax at Nebraska Beach which is a couple of minutes walk away.

Hothouse Café

This charming cafe is within a nursery greenhouse, complete with sand floors and garden furniture. It's surrounded by a working vegetable garden and is a pleasure to visit any day, but particularly on a cold one!

It's owned and operated by Fiona and Michael Morrison and they open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and with make up a picnic or dinner hamper on request. Fiona uses fresh ingredients from her own and other local gardens and her herb damper is an absolute must.

Hiba Gardens

Ten hectares of majestic English parkland gardens feature rhododendron walks, perennial borders, lake and follies descending to Bligh's Rocks and a secluded beach on Adventure Bay.

It's also home to Bruny Chocolate and Fudge Factory where the most delicious fudge, truffles and other chocolate products are created. You'll see other fine Tasmanian gourmet products and gifts.

The Bruny Island Pie Parlour and Gallery

This was just the place for Jules: he enjoyed a fresh scallop pie with a cream base. How good does that sound? Popular with locals and visitors, demand has meant the range of pies has expanded, and apart from the usuals they have rabbit and leek, lamb, bacon and egg, smoked salmon, venison, emu and camel pies. They also bake plain, garlic, sundried tomato and chilli sausage rolls. For something sweet Bruny apple and blackberry pies are hard to beat.

Owner Jenny Henderson also runs the local General Store and Café. She stocks a large selection of grocery items, ice, bait, petrol and serves Cloudy Bay oysters and fish and chips to eat in or take away.

Cloudy Bay Beach

Cloudy Bay Beach is a popular surfing spot within the South Bruny National Park. There's an excellent camping spot and you can go four-wheel driving along the beach. The waves crash in from the Southern Ocean and it's all pretty dramatic.

It was the perfect spot for Jules to enjoy some of the island food he'd picked up along the way.


Bruny Island, an hour from Hobart in Tasmania.


Bruny Island Ferry Service starts at 6.35am from Bruny to Kettering and 7am the other way. The trip takes 15 minutes and the fare is $28 return. Bicycles cost $3, motor bikes $5 and fares for vehicles and trailers vary. Check their website for details.

Bruny Island Fudge is open every day between 10am and 4pm.

Hertz has car rental starting at $47 a day.

Virgin Blue has flights to Hobart.

One-way fares from:

  • Melbourne $75
  • Sydney $99
  • Adelaide $149
  • Canberra $169
  • Brisbane $179
  • Perth $299
  • Darwin $329

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.

Prices correct at April 15, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Hertz Car Rental

The Bruny Island Weekender
Ph: (03) 6234 7907

Bruny Island Ferry

Get Shucked
Lease 204, 1650 Bruny Island Main Road
Great Bay
North Bruny 7150
Ph: 0428 606 250

Hothouse Café
46 Adventure Bay Road
Bruny Island 7150
Ph: (03) 6293 1131

Bruny Chocolate and Fudge Factory
Adventure Bay Road
Bruny Island 7150
Ph: (03) 6293 1088

Bruny Island Pie Parlour
10 Cloudy Bay Road
Lunawanna 7150
Ph: (03) 6293 1297

Bruny Island Tourism

To find out more about the hot deals mentioned on the show, check out Holidays for Sale.

User comments
Having watched your recent episode featuring Bruny Island, and so dissapointed we were not contacted to feature on the episode, I would like to invite you to contact us, re our establishment The Bruny Island Smokehouse. We are a fully licensed resturant, bar, ( so you mentioning only one pub on Bruny.... not right! We hold a full general liquor license) and most importantly, we are a Smokehouse, producing premium quality smoked Tasmanian produce, all right here on the premises. We serve our smoked produce on our menu, door sales and wholesale to various local business. We are a very funky little venue on the north of Bruny Island only 3 kms from the ferry terminal. A beautiful stone building over looking the waters of Sykes Cove, a stunning location. Please contact me and I will be happy to send you through some photos and anything else you may require to feature the Bruny Island Smokehouse in an episode of Getaway. Thankyou, Regards, Raven Vass, 03 62606344, 0429950586.
Jules, Awsome joke about the greenhouse cafe in Tas - What a CRACKER!! (That's the best I could come back with). Keep up the great work, and informal presentation style. Cheers
Love Bruny Island it is beautiful You forgot to show the lighthouse and the strawberry farm and the most spectacular part of Bruny Island The hundreds of fairy penguins that come in to roost and breed at The Neck The most awesome site I have ever seen They come so close to the people it is unreal We could have reached down under the boardwalk and patted them There are also some awesome camping sites there as well Luv Deb

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