Bruny Island is the epitome of a special island holiday. Known as Tasmania’s favourite island destination, Bruny is literally an island, off an island, off an island. Located off the south-east coast of Tasmania, it takes 15 minutes via a vehicular ferry that leaves Kettering to reach Roberts Point on North Bruny.
Only 15 minutes from Tasmania’s south-east coast, Bruny Island is a place where you can step back in time, slow the pace down and soak up the pristine environments that make Tasmania a world-renowned travel destination.
Stunning views and family activities on Bruny Island
There are only two ways to get to Bruny Island – by your own boat or by catching the Sealink Bruny Island. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes to get to Bruny Island – Sealink offers over 20 departures to the island every day during the summer, and passengers travel free of charge. Sealink also has a voucher worth 10 per cent off the standard fare price through the LetsGoKids website – enter the promo code online for the in-app offer and enjoy a cheap trip from Kettering towards the unique Tasmanian island on any day of the week.
At 100 kilometres long and 362 kilometres in total area, Bruny Island is made up of two islands (known as the North and South) which are divided by a narrow strip (which is often photographed) called ‘The Neck’.
This geographical hotspot is a big tourist attraction due to its unique views and jaw-dropping landscapes. Upon reaching the strip, you can see spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the Bruny Island coastline from the boardwalk and soak up the natural beauty of southern Tasmania.
When it comes to kids activities in Bruny Island, the penguin rookery alongside ‘The Neck’ is a prime destination, allowing the family to sit down and see little penguins glide from the sea to return to their burrows in the sand dunes at dusk most days. While there, keep an eye out for white wallabies, fur seals, pademelons, echidnas and other endemic bird species that call Bruny Island home.
Bruny’s coastal scenery is magical and provides many fun things to do while on the Island. There are countless swimming spots and surf beaches, plus plenty of fishing areas for those who love to cast a line. Head to South Bruny to walk through the forested South Bruny National Park to take the family on some excellent walking tracks, especially around the Labillardiere Peninsula and Fluted Cape.
Another fun thing to do on Bruny Island is visit the famous Cape Bruny Lighthouse. First lit in 1838, the icon stands as Australia’s second oldest and longest continually staffed lighthouse that offers unrivalled views of Tasmania’s south-east coast. If you don’t want to make the trek up to the lighthouse, you can join an eco-cruise exploring the stunning waters around the island.
If you’re looking for a place for the family to stay whilst on Bruny Island (if you can get a spot), Captain Cook Caravan Park is suited to both kids and parents. In the heart of Adventure Bay, the park is in a prime spot for exploring the island. Using the Lets Go Kids ad, you can also pay for an hour hire of a go kart or kayak and receive one hour free, giving you more bang for your buck when it comes to fun family activities in Bruny Island.
Bruny Island also offers heaps of delicious food and local produce. The Honey Pot and Bruny Island Honey is the home of the island’s ‘sweet spot’. Take the family down to taste the different types of honey on offer and walk out with a variety of honey products, including the Honey Pot’s own special honey ice cream. Let the littlies run loose on the playground while you’re sampling! South Bruny also has two general stores, one in Adventure Bay and one in Alonnah, where you can grab some takeaway food and limited provisions. Make sure you stock up while in South Bruny – there are no stores on North Bruny.
Head on down to Bruny Island – a perfect destination for travelling families to experience a typical Tasmanian family holiday!