Bruny Island Tour
A day tour of the magnificent Bruny Island to fill your camera with photographs and your mind with peace. The island has an abundance of sheltered coves where you can hear gentle waters lapping the shore; rugged weather beaten cliffs; a rainforest with thick fresh air to fill your lungs; superb beaches and people and countryside which offer a soothing tranquility.
A LITTLE ADVENTURE IN OUR BIG ADVENTURE
We drive our vehicle onboard the Mirambeena (Aboriginal for Welcome) and take the short but scenic journey across the D'Entrecasteaux channel. French Explorer, Bruny D'Entrecasteaux sailed this unchartered stretch of water in 1792 and this adventure concluded with the island and channel being named after him.
During summer months, we stop at the berry farm to indulge and treat ourselves with fresh, quality fruits and desserts. We generally need to take a walk on the beach afterwards!
DRIVE PAST ATLANTIC SALMON FARMS
The D'Entrecasteaux Channel is home to a variety of aquaculture farms and featured here are Atlantic Salmon pens. Frequently harassed by hungry seals, the area produces high quality produce for global consumption. Recent surveys show ecosystem imbalance and the public are lobbying for action to be taken.
Grown just out the front, the oysters from Get Shucked are some of the tastiest and fattest going around. Great to have while you travel around and enjoy the scenic surroundings. One of our favourites!
Nutpatch initially started production with its famous hazelnut nougat, which has now been diversified to also include almond. This nougat was an 18 month undertaking by confectioner John Zito, who perfected the technique from an age old Italian recipe and hasn't looked back since. Other fine chocolates with divine flavours are also produced here.
Bruny Island is home to the tasty and delicious Bruny Cheese. Apart from stopping here, we can also grab some oysters, succulent fruits, wines, chocolates, smoked meats and seafoods (if time permits).
On private tours, we can go down to the southern tip of Bruny and visit the lighthouse. It's a moody place where you can feel the full force of the harsh environment or it can be relaxing. Either way, it's a spectacular place with great surrounding views and a nice journey through Eucalypt (gum tree) forests to arrive.
Tasmanian flora is alive and thriving down on Bruny island. Featured here is Banksia Marginata and Blandfordia Punicea, commonly known as Tasmanian Christmas Bell.
PENGUINS IN THE EVENING
During the summer months (if we stay overnight on a private tour), the fairy penguins commonly come out of the ocean and into their burrows. They're cute to watch as they struggle over the sand dunes to find their burrow.
Bruny island is a fun place to visit. Plenty of things to see and do - a day here goes by very quickly.
Time: 8 – 9hrs. Depart Hobart (Hotel) Depart: 8:30am Return: 5:30pm Price: $175pp