Take a day to explore Bruny Island. Join a three-hour eco-cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, a 50-kilometre exploration of sea stacks, sea caves and remote inlets – providing a chance of catching glimpses of dolphins, seals, sea birds and migrating whales when in season. Follow up with a seafood lunch at Pennicott’s HQ, nestled on the picturesque Adventure Bay.
Back on land, at the eastern end of Adventure Bay, the Fluted Cape circuit is a scenic three-hour, six-kilometre walk rising to the cape summit and following sea cliffs. A shorter one-hour return walk to Grass Point along the coast suits families – don’t miss seeing the remains of a whaling station.
Drop by the cellar door at the family-run Bruny Island Premium Wines and sample cool-climate wines, or linger for lunch every day or dinner on Saturdays.
For spectacular coastal views and fascinating history, book ahead for Bruny Island Safaris’ daily tours of the Cape Bruny Lighthouse – first lit in 1838 with sperm whale oil. Climb the cast-iron spiral stairs to the balcony for panoramic views and learn about life as a keeper of Australia’s longest continually operated lighthouse.
Among the island’s gems is South Bruny National Park, flanked by cliffs with dramatic views over pristine beaches, coastal heath and eucalypt forests. The park is home to numerous walks, from easy strolls to challenging treks, including the 12-kilometre East Cloudy Head walk, taking you along the sparkling shores of Cloudy Bay Beach.
Overnight options include a seafood dinner and stay at Hotel Bruny at Alonnah, or you could opt to stay in cottages and lodges across the island, such as the secluded Cloudy Bay Villa.