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Bruny Island – southern Tasmanian paradise

13 June 2011 One Comment

Tasmania Travel Guide - Bruny Island - The NeckLess than a couple of hours drive south from the state capital, Hobart, Bruny Island is an ideal getaway for locals and travelers alike.

The two main bodies of the island are linked by a thin, sandy isthmus. Whilst North Bruny is a place of rolling hills and sleepy seaside villages, South Bruny is the wilder sibling with beautiful long beaches and pristine bush protected under the seal of the island’s only National Park. From scenery to wildlife and good food galore, Bruny is everything that’s great about Tasmania, put in a nutshell.

From Kettering, it’s a pleasant 15 minutes ride aboard the vehicular ferry to cross the blue depths of D’Entrecasteaux Channel and hit the ground again on North Bruny. Allow plenty of time to catch the ferry, especially during peak times, as there can be considerable delays, especially on weekends and holidays.

Heading south will lead you to the Neck, the beautiful isthmus that serves as natural bridge between the two halves of the island. The Neck shelters a colony of fairy penguins, and at night ranger-guided tours will allow you to watch as those little battlers come home from a day fishing at sea.

South of the Neck, take the chance to relax on the extraordinary length of sandy Adventure Bay before you tackle some of the island’s best nature-based activities. A hike to Fluted Cape will have you walking up and down some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia, and a wilderness cruise along the rugged coastline offers a chance to observe seals, sea lions, dolphins and albatrosses going about their daily life undisturbed.

To fuel your Bruny wanderings, don’t forget to try the local produce. There are gourmet food hotspots across the island, from the Oyster Farm at Great Bay on North Bruny, to Australia’s southern-most vineyard in Lunawanna on South Bruny. On the road between the two, keep an eye out for the Bruny Island Cheese Company signboard, and have a free sample of their delicious artisanal plateau. The cow milk’s cheese washed in Pinot Noir and delicately wrapped in vine leaves is to die for!

You can take a fantastic trip to Bruny island from Hobart in the  luxury catamaran Peppermint Bay II, its highly recommended.

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Stephanie Cotteret is a freelance travel writer and photographer from France. She specializes in writing about Australia, where she has lived for several years, and is a regular contributor to Australia-Australie.com , France’s leading website for Working Holidaymakers and backpackers. Check out her photography portfolio online , or contact her on toothbrushnomads[at]gmail[dot]com.

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