Planning Your Trip

Bruny Island

Bruny Island is one of the most beautiful and pristine locations in Australia. There is an abundance of unique wildlife such as the White Wallaby and the stunning Swift Parrot and Fort-Spotted Pardalote which are both an endangered species.

We recommend you stay at least 2-3 days but if you want to ensure you have time to fully unwind and appreciate how special Bruny Island really is, we suggest staying for a week. There are so many things to do for all interests.

A Foodies Paradise; Devour the Freshest of Oysters, incredible gourmet cheese, premium local wines or something from the House of Whisky.

Disconnect and immerse yourself in nature; Explore the bushwalking tracks around South Bruny National Park and Lighthouse, surfing at Cloudy Bay, or drop a line in one of the numerous fishing locations.

Step Back in Time; discover the history of the island at the History Room in the old Court House next door to Alonnah Post Office. The Blight Museum of Pacific Exploration in Adventure bay will take you on a journey of the old explorers.

    Things to Consider

    • You will need to take a car on the ferry to Bruny Island. There is no public transport or taxi service on the Island. eg. It is 60km from the ferry terminal to the Bruny Island Lighthouse in South Bruny. There is only 1 petrol station on the island. Open from 7.15am – 7pm daily at Adventure Bay General Store.
    • Check the Ferry Timetable: Allow extra time (both directions) during summer months and busy holidays for the ferry queues. The ferry runs daily 365 days a year. The ferry runs every 30 minutes in summer, and every 1 hour in the winter months. .
    • Shop before you go! Life runs at a quieter pace on Bruny Island. There are no large shopping centres of 24/7 fast food venues, so if you need something specific grab it from Kingston on the way to Bruny Island from Hobart. It has the major supermarkets and a liquor store. You can however buy some groceries from the Adventure Bay, Alonnah and Oyster Cove general stores. They appreciate the support.
    • There is a pharmacy, post office and Police Station at Alonnah. In an emergency dial 000 for assistance.
    • Bushfires can happen, be alert to bushfire danger, know your bushfire plan and monitor alerts on the Tasmania Fire Service website.
    • Telstra currently provides the best coverage for mobile phone service on the island. International guests have found a prepaid Telstra sim card very helpful.

    Travel Times

    • Hobart Airport to Kettering Ferry Terminal Takes 1 hour in light traffic.
    • The Ferry trip is approximately 30 minutes, please look at the Ferry Timetable and allow extra time prior to the listed departure time for boarding. Waiting time at the ferry may be a couple of hours during busy periods such as weekends and public or school holidays.
    • The drive from Southern Bruny to the ferry takes an hour.
    • The first ferry of Bruny Island on Sundays is 8.30am, other days it is 7am as per the ferry timetable.