The Ultimate Guide to Bruny Island

We’ve got the ultimate know how on where to eat, stay and play in Bruny Island! If you’re looking for a stunning but tranquil weekend getaway or nature adventure, Bruny Island is the place for you! Just located an hour out of Hobart, there’s no excuse not to go! Whether it’s for a romantic getaway or a fun filled family retreat, Bruny Island is the next hot holiday destination you have to visit!

Things to do in Bruny Island

Go and visit Cape Bruny Island Lighthouse

Cape Bruny lighthouse is a 114 meter heritage listed attraction that is perched above dramatic cliff tops and stunning views of the wild Tasmanian coastline. Cape Bruny lighthouse is the only Southern Tasmanian lighthouse that is open for tours! The lighthouse stands on the tip of Bruny Island in the waters of South Hobart and is the perfect way to marvel at the sights of Bruny Island. This is the top must do that we recommend and can even be achieved in a day trip to Bruny Island!

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Head over to visit some penguins

If you’re heading to Bruny Island in the warmer months (September-February) you might get a chance at viewing some of Bruny’s furry friends! Head over to the Neck Game Reserve where they have boardwalks and viewing platforms where you can watch short tailed shearwaters and fairy penguins! This is the perfect activity for your family or even as a couple! From here, you’ll be able to see the little penguins return to their burrows in the sand dunes or make their way up to the beach in tight groups. While you’re here, the Neck lookout also offers jaw dropping 360 degree views of the beaches and flora.

Go berry picking at Bruny Island Berry Farm

For a relaxing and laid back day, take yourselves to Bruny Island Berry Farm to pick a variety of fresh berries and taste their delectable delights! The farm has more than 7000 strawberry plants housed on the farm so there’s always a plethora of supplies for you to pick from! After a few hours of basking in the sun and picking some luscious berries, treat yourself to some nibbles or a drink at their café. If you still want to enjoy the glowing sun after picking berries, you can even have a picnic on their grounds!

Spot some white wallabies

Never seen a white wallaby? Here’s your chance! Bruny Island is known for their population of white wallabies and their white coats attract a small crowd of visitors each year! You won’t spot them easily in any other place so see them while you can! They love to be near grassy areas and usually hang around early morning or during sunset. Head over to some of the parks or to Adventure Bay to spot them!

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Go hiking

Bruny island is home to enchanting forests, stunning coves, unique wildlife and striking coastal scenery so why not explore them! There are a plethora of walking and hiking trails for your to explore and it’s a great way to spend a sunny morning or afternoon! Some of our favourites include Maycista Nature Walk, Alonnah-Sheepwash Bay Track and the Labillardiere Peninsula Track. During these hikes you’ll be able to witness Bruny Island’s tranquil environment and be showered with spectacular views.

Where to eat in Bruny Island

Get Shucked

Looking to taste some of the freshest oysters in town? Look no further than Get Shucked, a locally owned and operated oyster farm and bar. Their oysters are harvested, shucked and served everyday to the public who can’t get enough! Find yourself a seat outside and enjoy a plate of oysters with a glass of bubbly ! It’s the perfect place for to stop after a morning exploration or an afternoon chatter!

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Bruny Island House of Whisky

If you’re keen to experience a once in a lifetime whisky, there’s no better place to go than to the Bruny Island House of Whiskey! With 110 expressions of Tasmanian Single Malts available to taste and rare Tasmanian Single Malts, tantalise your taste buds with the finest whiskey around! If you haven’t had time to travel around Tassie to visit independent distillery’s and bottlers, this is the perfect place to visit as they have a range of award winning malts under one roof!  This is perfect for a relaxing afternoon by the sea!

Bruny Island Cheese Company

If you’re after a long and lazy lunch that’s paired with a few beers, Bruny Island Cheese company is the way to go! You can sit under the eucalyptus trees on their property with their cheese platters or enjoy a simple coffee and cake. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax with some friends and family or just as a couple. Situated only 15 minutes away from the ferry wharf, it’s the perfect place to visit on a sunny day in Bruny Island!

Penguin and Pardalote Cafe

Penguin and Pardalote is the perfect place for a little nibble and sip! This café is situated in an old school styled house and has a laid back atmosphere where you can start your mornings or spend your afternoons. Indulge yourself with their range of brunch bites, savoury crepes and sweet crepes! If you’re feeling a little extra special, order yourself one of their decadent cheese boards or some freshly shucked Bruny Island oysters! Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy

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Where to stay in Bruny Island

Bruny Ocean Cottage

Bruny ocean cottage is a beautiful three bedroom self contained holiday home suitable for couples or families! It’s equipped with free Wifi, Netflix and bicycles which is suitable for a weekend full of unwinding and relaxation. The properly is situated in a prime place that’s adjacent to Adventure Bay Beach! The cottage is also close by to great cafes, South Bruny National parks and other nearby attractions!

The Lookout

The Lookout is a stunning brick property that is located near Denned Point and has 180 degree views looking over Storm Bay. It’s set on two acres of private parkland and is close to Nebraska Beach and the Jetty Beach Café! It’s the perfect place to invite company as the property had three entertaining areas for you to choose from and a spacious covered deck with a four burner barbecue!

Captain’s Cabin Bligh Point

Captain’s Cabin is located at Bligh Point on North Bruny and has access to more than 1600m of private beachfront! The cabin boasts stunning wooden walls and ceilings with rooms that look directly out to the water! The main bedroom boasts a beautiful four poster bed and the guest room has a spacious queen bed. Stay at the Captain’s Cabin to be completely encapsulated by panoramic views of the channel.

Meet Jan and Lin: Bells by the Beach Holiday House

Meet Jan and Lin, owners of Bells By the Beach Holiday House located in Ocean Grove, Victoria!

Jan and Lin Bell – business owners

With retirement on the horizon and after working in the fire service and retail/admin sectors, the pair were in search of somewhere to live permanently or open a holiday rental business.

The pair first visited the Bellarine Peninsular in search of somewhere to live permanently or a place that felt right to open a holiday rental business. Jan and Lin found a two bedroom unit in Ocean Grove; their first holiday rental business. It was later on when they found it a right time to buy a larger home around the corner on Roditis Drive, the start of Bells By The Beach Holiday House. The couple moved permanently to another location in Ocean Grove to be close to the investment and serve guests 24/7, which they still do.

Bells By The Beach Holiday House is now a welcoming holiday home for families to spend a short or extended time, with or without their dogs.

During the past 15 years or so, Jan and Lin have welcomed more than 400 different dogs, with pet-parents from regional Victoria, suburban Melbourne and interstate to holiday in their home. Guests return time and time again to the welcoming home as they love the property facilities, the squeaky clean house and the neat and tidy dog-friendly coastal garden…not to mention the beach is just a short doggy stroll (500 metres) to the sand dunes and over onto the beach.

We love being holiday accommodation owners, it gives us much satisfaction to know we are helping families plan and budget for holidays well in advance

Dog-lovers are delighted to find that the house truly is dog and family friendly, where dogs are welcome to sleep indoors with their family and be safe and secure in the fully fenced property.

About the area

Ocean Grove is growing into the largest township on the Bellarine Peninsula. The area is surrounded by renowned wineries, walking trails, pristine beaches, fishing spots and golf courses. Bring your dogs down to run along the beach, crash through the waves, or just enjoy a swim. Head further away and explore the many local attractions across the region. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Ocean Grove.

With the property in easy reach of shopping, activities and the glorious beach, it is no wonder that the property is thriving with guests in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

We look forward to meeting new guests and welcoming back others who consider our house as a home away from home. We sometimes wish we had another house to ‘spread the beach love’ to everyone who wants to stay and who are disappointed to find we are booked out.   

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Meet Linda: Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages

Meet Linda, owner of the beautiful 30-acre property, ‘Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages’ in Pinbarren on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The property consists of three cottages, Avalon Homestead, Kangaroo Lodge and an Amphitheatre to enjoy and relax with a step back in time to a simpler lifestyle. 

‘Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages’ started as a 30-acre bare paddock 30 years ago, without power, water or even a phone, Linda started it all while living in a caravan with her two children as a single mother without trees or wildlife. The property has now been reforested by Linda herself and enjoys many species of birds, butterflies, native animals including feather tailed and sugar glider possums, lizards, frogs and micro-bats that eat 300 insects every night. 

Linda prides herself in the cottages being poison free since 1986 and has been a leader of environmental tourism and education since 2002. The cottages boast 5 kW solar panels and 80% of all buildings and our cottages are recycled and built with pre-loved materials. Each cottage has 5000-gallon rainwater tanks and the property itself has a 60×70 meter lake, 8 metres deep which is home to rare Mary river turtles. 

The property is home to friendly cows; Woody, Creamy, Bubbles, Red girl and Bambino, who assist guests in composting their scraps, with extra straps going to the trees for local wildlife to feed on – nothing gets wasted. At the farm, recycling is done wherever they can, with septic systems allowing everything to stay on the property. 

“It is expensive to be green, to lock up your land for your dreams of a better world, this is a drop in the ocean, but many drops make the worlds oceans, lakes and rivers.”

“How can you love and protect something, if all you see is cement and bitumen? We have an amazing world let’s look after this beautiful planet as we need the earth but the earth does not need us. I love to share my passion with families, friends and stressed out people to bring them back down to earth. I could not have achieved what I have done without the amazing people that have walked my road with me with there love and support, I thank you all.”


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5 spots in Adelaide you can’t miss

Adelaide, the symbol of South Australia, is where you can find a mixture of cultural heritage, natural scenery, delectable food, as well as recreation venues. With plentiful places to wander around, here is a snapshot of a few key tourist attractions in Adelaide.

Glenelg Beach

Glenelg is not only famous for its beautiful beaches but also for its impressive history behind the heritage buildings. Located in a suburban area of Adelaide, Glenelg is a perfect place to seek your own peace of mind and to escape from city life. Family and friends are bound to have the best time in Glenelg with various entertainment choices including catching thrills at an amusement park, or even sailing and swimming with dolphins.

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is Australia’s second oldest zoo, with it’s sole purpose connecting humans with nature and saving endangered species. There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained, from interactions with animals, the educational visitor center, and so much more. Spare some time and visit the pandas as they’re the only breeding pair of giant pandas in Australia, and not to mention, they’re super adorable.

Adelaide Central Market

If you are a foodie seeking multicultural cuisine and fresh food, Adelaide Central Market is the place to be. This is one of the largest fresh produce markets in Australia and one of the oldest indoor markets in the world. After browsing the wholesome stalls, there are an array of cafes and eateries for you to enjoy. What else could get better?

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Take a pause during your trip and drop a visit to a wonderland in the heart of the city, where stunning landscaped gardens, grand avenues, stunning architecture and the appeal of history awaits. This 50-hectare garden is home to the most magnificent plant collections in Australia. Relax your mind in the Botanic Garden atmosphere and scenery for an hour or few, you’ll feel like yourself in another world away.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Adelaide possesses not only one of the finest plants in Australia but also one of the finest art collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The selection varies from the colonial days to the present; crosses all mediums from sculpture, paintings, textiles, photographs to ceramics, furniture and jewellery. You can choose to wander around at your own pace or to take a tour or even attend an artist talk.

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Take a break and treat yourself to a Spa Day!

Are you caught up in the stress of work in this concrete jungle and probably forgotten how to look after yourself? According to recent research, Australians work some of the longest hours out of anyone in other developed countries. More people are working part-time and earning a minimum wage meaning they must work longer hours in order to sustain themselves.

We all know that working long hours and getting caught in the rut of earning well is not ultimately the healthiest. Due to all this, we are easily subject to burnout and emotional exhaustion. As a result, humans need to recharge themselves to stay happy and healthy. So if you’re a tourist just wandering around the country, then make sure to visit one of these places to find that balance within you!

Kalyaana Spa and Wellness Retreat – Bridgetown, WA

Having trouble remembering what sleep is? Don’t worry, us too. Perhaps a ‘sound therapy’ treatment here will remind you. Located in the heart of beautiful Blackwood River Valley, east of Margaret River, this secluded retreat has only two suites and offers fully-customizable packages including reiki, shiatsu, kinesiology, therapeutic massage, art therapy, and guided meditations. The sound therapy package involves using vibrations from Tibetan singing bowls to send you into a dream-like state and research shows it can detoxify the body at a cellular level!

KalyaaNa Spa and Wellness Retreat, east of Margaret River.
Miamo Retreats – Far North Queensland

Leave the burnout at work and bliss out at this spa located in picturesque Far North Queensland. Wellness coaches are always around to calm those tense nerves along with teaching you some of the best relaxation techniques that can calm your mind which you can take them back home and practice them for when life gets demanding. They even have programs designed for corporate people who have ‘lost touch with life and nature’ and is also ideal for tourists and travelers. Their main focus is on mindfulness with education and a wholesome and calming experience is ensured in your books. The program locations alternate between the beautiful Botanical Ark Retreat and Nirmaya resort & Spa.

Botanical Ark Retreat, Far North Queensland.
Eden Health Retreat – Currumbin Valley, Queensland

The loss of phone service as you drive along Currumbin Creek Road towards the gates to Eden Health Retreat is a good indication of what lies ahead. There are no TVs, computers, wi-fi or mobile reception at this lush Hamptons-country-club style estate. Stress and cravings are soothed by the blanket of green outside your room and a daily timetable of activities and spa treatments. For some, morning qi gong then a day spent reading by the saltwater pool will suffice. If you’re keen, you can opt in to everything from boxing to life-skills training after immersing in therapeutic New Zealand mud. Meals are gluten-free and satisfying if a little on the light side.

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Eden Health Retreat
Samadhi Retreat – Macedon Ranges, Vic

‘Samadhi’ literally means ‘infinite peace’. Who doesn’t want that in their lives right now? This retreat nestles in the Daylesford & Macedon Ranges region, a short drive from the healing waters of Hepburn Springs. For generations of Europeans and Australians, this has been a place of healing and  an area that has basked in a worldwide reputation for health and wellbeing for over a century.

Catering to just one person at a time, you’ll have a private, self-contained sanctuary all to yourself and they offer a three-hour therapy treatment – think salt scrub, mud wrap, massage – and meditation!

Samadhi Retreat, Macedon Ranges, Daylesford Spa Country, Victoria
Lilianfils Day Spa – Blue Mountains, NSW

Lilianfels Day Spa Blue Mountains at Lilianfels Resort and Spa is a refreshing sanctuary and a haven for relaxation surrounded by the picturesque World Heritage listed the Blue Mountains. It is known for its friendly, professional service with dedicated and highly qualified therapists and skin care products, all committed to your relaxation. Lilianfels Day Spa Blue Mountains features four spacious treatment rooms with private facilities to cater for individuals relaxation, couples, special occasions – bridal parties, conference and event groups.

This heavenly spa retreat in the Blue Mountains offers an extensive list of spa rituals and massage therapy including hot stone massages, facials, and body treatments including body wraps, manicures, and pedicures. So whether you’re going to the Blue Mountains for a couple of days or just for a day, make sure to make this spa retreat top in your list of “Pamper yourself”!

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