Wearing: Tularosa dress via Revolve | Bared shoes Lyrebird sneakers
If you are in Hobart, you should definitely make a day trip to Bruny Island. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Kettering where you hop on the ferry to cross the small body of water between the mainland and Bruny. The ferry to Bruny takes cars, so definitely bring your car as it is hard to get around without a car. There are a heap of attractions on Bruny from bush walks, lookouts to tasting the fabulous local produce. So whatever you’re interested in, you can easily fill up a day exploring this island.
If you’d like to follow our itinerary, here is a look at what we got up to in a day on Bruny. We concentrated our activities in Northern Bruny only as we wanted a super chill day but there’s definitely time to add extra activities in the South to this itinerary too.
The Neck Lookout
Our first stop at Bruny was to visit The Neck Lookout. It is here where the narrow neck of land joins north and south Bruny Island. As you drive down the main road on Bruny, watch out for the little carpark on the left to stop to climb the stairs to reach the viewing platform. It’s so beautiful up top – on the left you can see Adventure Bay and if you turn around to the other side, you can catch a glimpse of Hobart and Mount Wellington. If you have time, also take the stairs down the left to visit the beach.
Cape Queen Elizabeth Track
For somewhere a little less travelled, visit Cape Queen Elizabeth track, a walk that takes you through beautiful greenery and ends at fabulous rocky cliff beach. It can be quite difficult to find the carpark and entrance of the track, so if you are travelling from the ferry terminal, after you pass an airstrip, keep a lookout on your left for a little carpark. The track itself is quite easy, the only difficulty with doing this walk is the timing because much of the beach and the beautiful cliff formations can only be reached at low tide. So a top tip is to make sure you check the tides before you go! If you are lucky enough to visit during low tide, then you can walk all along the beach and climb through interesting rock formations and arches all along the coast. It really is a beautiful beach – the only reason it’s probably so deserted is the inaccessibility of it. If you can only visit during high tide or other times, then you can still do the walk but just not be able to reach the beach. Right before the beach, the path splits up in two – one to the beach and one up Mars Bluff – take that one so you can see the beach and some of the rock formations from above.
Fresh Oysters at Get Shucked
If you’re an oyster fan like me, you have to visit one of the many oyster places on Bruny Island. We went to Get Shucked to try their fresh oysters. They serve them in a zillion different ways so you can get them fresh, kilpatrick, steamed or with toppings. They’re delicious here and if you haven’t had enough oysters at the cafe, you can always pick some up for takeaway too. They do ‘oyster drive through’ on the side of the building which is a super cool idea!
Bruny Island Cheese Co
For cheese lovers, visit Bruny Island Cheese Co. They have cheese tasting for $5, a cafe full of food and also lots of local produce to shop. We picked up some Elderflower Concentrate (!!!) which is perfect for making fruity iced-tea. They also sell make your own cheese kits (!!) and also lots of other yummy things. If you’re not visiting on a Sunday, you can pop by the side of the building to watch them make cheese.
Photography: Connie Cao & Rowena Cao