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Best Things To Do On Bruny Island

Best things to do on Bruny Island

🗓️ Last updated: 14 August, 2021
✍️ Written by: Sam Harding

Bruny Island is one of Tasmania’s top tourist destinations.

Here you can get closer to nature by walking one of the many trails or unwinding on the beach.

You can also savor some of the finest Tasmanian seafood with deliciously prepared oysters being a local favourite. 

You shouldn’t miss seeing the local animals too which Bruny Island is well known for!

Want to see the best things on Bruny Island? Here are some itinerary ideas to get you started:

  • A wilderness cruise to explore caves and cliffs
  • An island tasting adventure that will tickle your tastebuds
  • A must-see Jurassic garden
  • A beautiful reserve to see local wildlife up close 

The Best Things To Do On Bruny Island

If you decide on a Tasmanian adventure, make sure to include Bruny Island in your list of places to visit.

There are several activities on Bruny Island we recommend, see the below list and choose how you want to experience this beautiful island.

Walking Trails

The walking trails on Bruny Island is one of the best ways for you to fully experience the island. 

There are several trails that you can try out such as exploring the cape, or a visit to the East Cloudy Head to see a spectacular view of Tasmania. 

And to cap it all off, you can walk up to the highest peak of Mt. Mangana to get a full view of the island.

Aurora Astralis

If you are visiting Bruny Island between the months of March and October, then there is a good chance that you will be able to see and experience the stunning Aurora Astralis. 

The lighthouse on the island is the best location to see this natural beauty, one that you shouldn’t miss when you are in the area. 

Combine this with clear skies and you are in the best position to see the breath taking Aurora Astralis right before your eyes. 

House of Whisky

If you are fond of whiskey but don’t have much time to visit the distilleries in Tasmania, the House of Whisky is a must see Bruny Island attraction. 

Here you will find a spectacular collection of single malt whiskies and if you’re a complete beginner, there are whisky tastings available. The staff here really know their whisky!

Swim and Snorkel

One of the top things to do on Bruny Island is to swim and snorkel in its pristine waters. 

Cloudy Bay is a popular tourist hotspot during the summer, when the waves are high it makes for some great surfing!

Oyster Tasting

What are the best things to do on Bruny Island, you ask? Well, how about tasting some of the creamiest and freshest oysters you’ll ever find? 

You can get fresh Tasmanian oysters at Get Shucked where the oysters are farmed and served fresh on a daily basis. 

Get Shucked also offers some fantastic views of the island!

The Neck

The Neck Reserve is an absolute must see attraction on Bruny Island. 

Not only does it give you a spectacular view of the island, but you might also spot some of the local penguins in their natural habitat. 

Fair warning though, it can get quite busy in the peak summer season!

Hire a Bike

One popular activity on Bruny Island is to hire a bike and explore the entire island at your own pace.

Most rental bike places allow you to hire a bike for up to six hours, providing plenty of time to get around and see the sights. 

Riding a bike is a great way to immerse yourself in the island and allows you to stop for a chat with the locals at any time.

See the Penguins

The adorable penguins of Bruny Island have become one of the main attractions on the island. 

You can see them marching on the sand to lay their eggs at sunset from the observation deck at The Neck. 

This small penguin colony is well protected and a favourite with both tourists and locals alike. 

Bruny Island Cheese Co

Bruny Island Cheese Co is a popular tourist attraction on Bruny Island for foodies. 

Here you can sample artisan cheese, made using traditional cheesemaking techniques. 

Watch a cheesemaking demonstration and then kick back with a variety of cheese  samples and a local beer.

Pick Berries

Still wondering what to do on Bruny Island? How about picking berries from the Bruny Island Berry Farm? 

Here they grow all sorts of berries such as: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and boysenberries. 

If you have no time for picking, you can always purchase some pre-packed berries to bring back home to the family.

Wilderness Safari

One of the best things to do on Bruny Island is to go on a wilderness safari adventure.

Get right up close to the local flora and fauna of the island, as your tour guide provides more information about the local surroundings and history of Bruny Island. 

This is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon on Bruny Island.

Where To Hire A Car On Bruny Island

Bruny Island looks small but is actually quite a large island once you get here.

If bike riding isn’t your thing or it’s a hot day, you might want to rent a car to get around the island.

The best place for you to rent a vehicle is in Hobart which you can then take on the ferry over to Bruny Island. 

Hobart has a wide range of car hire companies such as:

  • Rent for Less
  • Lo-Cost Auto Rent
  • Drive Car Hire

Where To Stay In Bruny Island

Bruny Island has many different accommodation options to suit any budget or style.

Whether you want to enjoy the soft, cozy bed of a luxury hotel, or feel the ambience of a beach front apartment, your options in Bruny Island really are limitless.

When booking accommodation, just keep in mind that Bruny Island can get especially busy over summer and the school holidays.

This usually peaks over December to January so if your travel schedule falls in that period, make sure to plan your accommodation well ahead of time.

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Sam Harding

Sam is a Hobart local who is studies journalism part time. He loves AFL and any excuse for a weekend road trip.

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