Bruny Island

Bruny Island is located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia. To get to the island we had to take a 20-minute ferry to discover a unique and isolated landmark with very few locals, many more tourists, and stunning views. Our first stop off the ferry was The Neck which connects between the north and south of Bruny. Through the boardwalks and viewing platforms we could see the little penguin burrows, before we climbed the timber stairs that lead from the dunes to the Neck lookout, offering stunning 360 degree ocean views on both sides of the island.

Next stop was Adventure Bay with white-sand beaches being its main attraction. While the kids fell asleep in the car, I managed to go for a quick dip in the ocean, labelling it as potentially the southernmost beach we’ve ever been to in Australia. Apparently this is a popular spot for swimming as it is one of the more sheltered beaches on the island.

As the weather changed and the sunshine was abruptly overcasted by an incoming storm, we drove further south on a dirt road towards Cloudy Bay and Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The walk around the lighthouse offers wonderful views of the bay, decorated by cliffs and rocks as if a contemporary painter had given it a lot of thought. It’s hard to imagine that nature had it all sorted to form such beauty on its own.

Located more than an hour away from the ferry, we realised it was time to rush back and catch the very last ride for the day. As we navigated through the dirt road again, we were hoping to see a White Kangaroo which is unique to Bruny and quite rare to spot, even in the dusk. Although we had no luck with kangaroos, we were lucky enough to catch the ferry and wrap up a wonderful day trip as we headed back to Hobart.


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