Bruny Island Visitor Information
Bruny Island is the collective name of a pair of land masses-North and South Bruny-located just off the south-eastern coast of the state of Tasmania right across the town of Kettering to the west. The island (as well as the water channel that separates it from the mainland) is named after Antoine Raymond Joseph de Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, the famous French navigator who explored the coast of Australia in 1792. It was discovered by Abel Janszoon Tasman (a Dutch explorer, merchant, and seafarer) in 1642.
With an estimated 620 residents in a total land area of 362 square kilometres, Bruny Island is one of the state's least densely populated areas. Part of the Local Government Area of the Kingborough Council, some of the island's main areas include Adventure Bay, Alonnah, Barnes Bay, Bull Bay, Cape Bruny, Cloudy Bay, Dennes Point, Fluted Cape, Great Bay, Lunawanna, and Simpsons Bay.
There is so much to experience in Bruny Island, which is something both its locals and visitors will surely appreciate:
People who enjoy challenging nature hikes or quiet leisure strolls can take their pick from some of Bruny Island's select walking tracks. Some samples, which offer a wide variety of difficulty levels, include Big Hummock, Cape Queen Elizabeth, East Cloudy Head, Fluted Cape, Grassy Point, Luggobine Circuit, and Labillardiere Peninsula Walk.
Other tourist attractions and locations that Bruny Island is famous for have also served as an important driving force in the island's economy. Some that are of particular interest are the Bruny Island "Neck" Game Reserve, Cape Bruny Lighthouse, South Bruny National Park, as well as the seasonal appearance of penguins in The Neck during their breeding season.
There are also other enjoyable ways to learn about Bruny Island's culture and history, or view its picture-perfect sceneries, and these are through the island's various cruises and tours. Some of the more highly recommended are the Alonnah Paddle Boats and Kayaks, Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, Bruny Island Berry Farm, Bruny Island Cruises, Bruny Wildlife Adventure, Inala Nature Tours, and Ol' Kid Fishing Charters.