Edged with white sandy beaches, world-class surf and views in every direction, Bruny Island is one of the jewels of Tasmania.
Many visit the island on a day trip from Hobart, and it’s certainly doable, but day trippers don’t experience what Bruny Island is all about. With your Goldstream RV, you can take time to wander the beaches, revel in the stillness, and enjoy the local specialty foods.
Try to take the ferry across from Kettering on an afternoon and return on a morning to avoid queuing with the day trippers. There is usually a ferry every half hour during summer, and every hour the rest of the year.
North and South Bruny
Bruny is divided in to north and south. Most camping spots are past the “Neck”, or the isthmus dividing north and south Bruny. If you’re completely self-contained, there are some small spots in the north. The gravel road circuit around the north is about an hour’s drive, with views across the Channel and Storm Bay.
It’s worth stopping for the lookout at the Neck. Look for little penguins and shearwaters just after dark in summer.
The public camp ground at the southern end of the Neck is not too far away. It can be noisy on weekends, but is sheltered from sand and surf by bushes. Further south are commercial campgrounds at Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay. There is another public campground at Jetty Beach, near the lighthouse. Jetty Beach is great for small kids who could be overwhelmed by the surf at other beaches, as it is shallow and sheltered. It’s also perfect for kayaking.
Bruny Island has plenty of long and short walking tracks. There’s a day walk from Jetty Beach around the Labillardier Peninsula. An easier trip from the end of Adventure Bay follows the coast past old whaling stations. At the north of the Neck, the track to Cape Queen Elizabeth is suitable for bikes until the coast.
It’s best to stock up before you get on the island. Fruit and vegetable markets between Kingston and Kettering sell just about all you could need. There are small shops at the Dennes Point café, Adventure Bay, Alonnah and a general store at Great Bay. Adventure Bay is the only place to get fuel.
Get Shucked Oysters and Bruny Island Cheese Company at Great Bay have great local food. During December and January, you can buy local cherries and pies near the ferry terminal.