Jules' Tasmanian journey to Bruny Island started out by boat, and as he said, he was going to an island off an island off an island.
Bruny Island is an hour from Hobart. 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.
The southern end of Bruny is where Tasmania's first apple tree grew and along the way you will 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. His mobile van is open every day during summer and on Mondays and Thursdays in winter. Freshly shucked oysters are grown on underwater beds in the pristine waters of the d'Entrecasteaux Channel and are sought by restaurants in all around the country. If you love oysters you're bound to return for a dozen or so every day.
Bruny Island Weekender
The owners of this wow! accommodation holidayed in South Bruny for years. They built the funky new shack suitable for four in north Bruny a few years ago and it's fantastic.
This charming café 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!
10 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.
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 4WD along the beach. The waves crash in from the Southern Ocean and it's all pretty dramatic.