Getting from Hobart to Bruny Island is an easy and absolutely unforgettable day trip. It’s one of the best things to do in Tasmania. Bruny Island is one of the few great untouched wilderness areas left in Australia and maybe even the world for that matter.
Located off the South-eastern Coast of Tasmania Bruny Island (or Bruny as it is known as to the locals) stretches into the wild Southern Ocean towards Antarctica Bruny Island is 362 square kilometres of farms, agricultural beaches, rivers and wilderness areas.
Bruny Island is marketed as an experience, an experience in nature and all things luxury from accommodation to food. From the moment you disembark from the Bruny Island Ferry, you will see fields growing grapes and fruits, you will see businesses selling berries, cheese, whisky and even drive-thru oyster sales.
You will pass white sand beaches, small coves and camping areas along the Bruny coastline making it a great Tasmania attraction.
It’s not far from Hobart to Bruny Island
All roads on Bruny lead to Adventure Bay. Adventure Bay is the main settlement on the Island. Adventure Bay has a long history, as long as Australia’s history. Adventure Bay on Bruny Island was visited by Captain Cook. Adventure Bay is the base of a number of the island’s accommodation options, bush walks and tourist attractions.
South Bruny National Park starts here and Bruny Island cruises launch from here. The Adventure Bay Beach is a popular spot for swimming as it is one of the more sheltered beaches on the island. We noticed calm waters white sands and beautiful timber seating along the foreshore where you could just sit, relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
How to get to Bruny Island by car
Getting to Bruny Island from Hobart you need to get to get to the town of Kettering. Take the A6 out of Hobart before turning onto the channel highway a total of 36 kilometres.
Look out for the fork in the road, I mean it literally. Some states in Australia have big bananas and prawns, Tasmania has the big Pitch Folk which you will pass on your way from Hobart to Bruny Island.
Once you reach Kettering Tasmania you will need to line up in your car to catch the Bruny Island Ferry. The Hobart to Bruny Island drive should take around 40 minutes.
The Bruny Island Ferry takes 20 minutes to cross the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to reach Bruny Island. You can pop into the little café at the Bruny Island ferry dock and get a coffee or a cold drink if you have time.
Catch the Ferry to Bruny Island
Pop your car, bike or you can even go by foot on the ferry to Bruny Island. Sit, back, relax and enjoy the views as you cruise the beautiful waters of Tasmania. The ferry to Bruny Islandallows you take in some of the beauty of this part of Tasmania.
Bruny Island Ferry Timetable April to September
|Departing Kettering Daily||Departing Bruny Island Daily|
|6.30am (not Sundays)||7.00am (not Sundays)|
Information correct as of 5 June 2020
Bruny Island Ferry Timetable October to March
|Departing Kettering||Departing Bruny Island|
Information correct as of September 2019
The trip is only short but you are able to get out of the car and get some great views of the waterway that separates Kettering from Bruny Island.
There is no need to book tickets the ferry service is first in first served. You get to the ferry dock and just line up in your car to take the Bruny Island Ferry. If you have little ones there is a toilet on board.
Bruny Island Ferry Prices
|Cars, Motorhomes, Truck, Bus/Coach or Trailer||Light Fare||Standard Fare|
|Australian Pensioner* Driver and Vehicle – Length: less than 6.0 metres||$22.80||$28.00|
|Australian Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Driver and Vehicle – Length: less than 6.0 metres||$27.80||$33.00|
|Driver and Vehicle – Length: less than 6.0 metres||$32.20||$38.00|
|Driver and Vehicle – Length: 6.0 metres up to 10.0 metres||$53.80||$65.00|
|Driver and Vehicle – Length: 10.1 metres up to 15.0 metres||$74.50||$90.00|
|Driver and Vehicle – Length: greater than 15.0 metres |
(when towing a separate fare applies to the towed unit)
|Australian Pensioner* Rider and Motorbike with Side Car or Trailer||$23.70||$28.00|
|Rider and Motorbike with Side Car or Trailer||$32.20||$38.00|
|Rider and Motorbike or Pushbike||$6.00||$6.00|
|Vehicles Towing a Trailer||Light||Standard|
|All Australian Pensioner* Driver and Vehicle (under 6 metres) with Trailer Unlimited Length||$63.70||$75.00|
|Full Fare Driver and Vehicle (under 6 metres) with Trailer (Unlimited Length)||$69.80||$85.00|
Information correct as of August 2020
After disembarking the Bruny Island ferry it is another 34 Kilometres till you reach Adventure Bay. This will allow you to take in some amazing views including crossing the neck on Bruny Island.
The Neck is the area with the smallest width from one side to the other on Bruny Island Tasmania. The neck is maybe 100 meters wide and all that stops Bruny from becoming two islands.
A number of tours are available from Adventure Bay, we recommend you take a boat tour along the coast of Bruny.
Accommodation at Adventure Bay
For those wanting to stay on Bruny Island (and we really wish we were able to), Adventure Bay has a few options for you. The Bruny Island Caravan Park (Captain Cook Holiday Park) has a range of cabins and caravans for hire. You can also bring your own van and stay at Bruny Island Caravan Park. Captain Cook Holiday Park has facilities such as:
- Shared Kitchen
- Bike Hire
- Onsite Parking
- Kids playground
As a more upscale venue, one would say Bruny Island Luxury accommodation would be to stay at Bruny Beachfront Eco Lodge. This Bruny Island Luxury accommodation will find you toes deep in the sand with 20 meters from the front door. Two bedrooms and plenty of room for your Bruny staycation. The Bruny Beachfront Eco Lodge features
- Indoor Fire Place
For more information and prices on the Bruny Beachfront Eco Lodge search here.
Public Transport from Hobart to Bruny Island
The closest you will get via public transport is if you catch a bus to Kettering from Hobart. There are 4 buses a day that depart Hobart for Kettering Tasmania. From Kettering, your option is to take the Bruny ferry as foot traffic over to the island.
Once on Bruny there is no public transport, your only options will be walking and hitchhiking. It would be a fantastic way to see the island especially if you were able to bring your own bikes with you.
Bruny Island food adventures
One of the best things to do in Bruny Island is to check out the local produce. Bruny Island is about food, glorious food. The fresh, clean water and fertile soils make the ultimate breeding ground for some amazing local Bruny Island food. This has resulted in some amazing artisan foods and drinks being produced on Bruny Island. Let us take a look at some of the amazing food and beverage to try on the island.
Get Shucked: Maybe the world’s only drove through Oyster Bar, yes you heard right much like McDonalds there is a drive through window for some of the worlds best Oysters. Get Shucked oysters are grown and cultivated in the untouched waters of Bruny Island. Get Shucked serves oysters that are harvested fresh daily for you.
Bruny Island Chocolate Co: As you are driving towards Adventure Bay you will come across a small road side store, The Bruny Island Chocolate Company. Make sure you try their signature product, The Bruny Island fudge.
Bruny Island Cheese Company: Highly regarded as being home to some of the best and traditional cheese’s made anywhere in Australia. The cheese company sources it milk for the cheese from its own farm. The farm features different breeds of cows to obtain a variety of milk to make the artisan cheese you can buy. We highly recommend the Otto based on the soft cheese blends on France.
Bruny Island House of Whisky: Ever since a Tasmanian whisky was voted the worlds best in 2014, whisky has been big business in Tasmania. The House of Whisky showcases the best of Tasmanian Single Malt Whiskies. You can immerse yourself in a true tour of Tasmanian distilleries through the taste of whisky. The House of Whisky boasts the most extensive known range of purely Tasmanian Single Malts in the state.
Bruny Island food showcases some of the freshest and best produce in all of Tasmania.
Bruny Island tours from Hobart
From our point of view if you’re going to do to any Bruny Island tours from Hobart then you must do a Pennicott Tour. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is Ecotourism Australia accredited, and put money back into the environment they work in. Pennicott tours have so far donated over $100,000 into the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund.
A Bruny Island Day trip from Hobart is a great idea to show you the essentials of Bruny in a short period of time. You will depart Hobart in the morning and arrive back in the evening with no worries. Sit back, relax and get transported to Bruny while listening to the expert commentary on the way. (We do recommend you prepare yourself for Nick’s jokes!)
Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco-Tour from Hobart
Join a day trip from Hobart to Bruny Island to experience the untouched wilderness of this amazing island. Includes return transport, ferry crossing, 3-hour cruise, island sightseeing, morning tea, and lunch.
Highlights of the Bruny Island Tour
- Explore Friar Rocks – home to over 1000 Australian Fur Seals
- Marvel the spectacle of the explosive blowhole at Breathing Rock
- See stunning sea caves and rock formations
- Visit pristine rainforests and untouched beaches
- Marvel at the pure spectacle that is The Monument
We loved the experience that the Pennicott tour delivered. The 3 hours cruise down the coast of Tasmania into the Southern Ocean is something I will always remember. To see the amazing sea stacks and sheer cliffs rise from the water was unbelievable. The knowledge of the staff to explain everything was invaluable to make the experience so much more
Mark Wyld – Wyld Family Travel August 2018
Bruny Island Weather
This part of Tasmania you will find that January is the hottest month with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F) and the coldest is July at 8°C (46°F). Looking for blue skies and sunshine this is Tasmania it comes and goes. The wettest month is March with an average of 50mm of rain. The Bruny Island weather can be ever-changing so pack accordingly.
Things to pack for Bruny Island
Bruny Island is a must-visit destination when you are in Tasmania. It’s beautiful, unique, captivating and much more. When we were walking to the Pennicott’s Office to head off on our cruise a lady said it was one of the best things she had ever done in her life and after our amazing experience I would have to completely agree. We hope you enjoy any trip that gets you to Bruny Island. It is one of the best things to do in Tasmania.
Camping on Bruny Island
Camping on Bruny Island is a very popular and cost-effective activity. The 3 most popular spots for Bruny Island camping are The Neck, Jetty Beach and Cloud Bay sites. All sites attract camping fees and are carry in, carry out for rubbish. No bookings are taken. Campgrounds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
Where to stay in Hobart
Hobart these days is a sprawling city of considerable size. We recommend you stay somewhere downtown near Constitution Docks or the Sandy Point region, the historical area of Hobart. Hobart is a great city to explore on foot.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Tasmania, stay in Hobart and take a day trip to Bruny Island. There are so many things to do on Bruny Island with kids, singles and couples. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.
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