luxury guided food & walking tour Bruny Island, Tasmania.

Bruny Island – The Perfect Tasmanian Short Break

Despite being only 45 minutes by private boat from Tasmania’s capital city Hobart, Bruny Island seems another world away. With a population of just 650 permanent residents Bruny Island was, for many years, Tasmania’s best kept secret. In recent years, however, the island has come to capture the imagination and interest of Tasmanians and international visitors alike.

Lying off the south-east corner of Tasmania, at the edge of the Southern Ocean,  Bruny Island is blessed with spectacular rugged scenery, pristine beaches and an abundance of wildlife. The extraordinary beauty of the island has attracted a unique band of locals who use Bruny’s pure environment to craft and grow some of Tasmania’s finest foods. Tourism-Awards-Logos---Silver---Tour-and-Transport-Operators-2

The cool, clean waters that surround Bruny island support an abundance of life including crayfish, abalone, salmon and oysters. On land there are a number of well known producers making cheese, growing wine, olives and berries, making fudge and farming pigs, goats, sheep and wallabies.

The idea of a long weekend suggests a relaxed and indulgent approach to travel, almost a celebration. A Long Weekend on Bruny Island is total immersion into the best of Tasmania’s food, wildlife and scenery.


Bruny Island Tour – Itinerary

Day 1

This morning you will meet your tour guides and fellow guests (maximum of 8) on the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. Step aboard your private boat and let the adventure begin with a cruise down the Derwent river to Bruny Island. Today our goal is to walk out to a spectacular cape on the east coast of Bruny Island (12km, 5-6 hours return).

On returning from our walk we will wade out into the crystal clear waters of Great Bay to learn how the famous Bruny Island oysters are farmed and shuck them straight out of the water. The perfect way to cool down after a walk!

Next stop; our camp. After a hot shower, join us in the dining house for a drink and to share stories of the day’s adventures as the guides busy themselves preparing your dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it

  • Step aboard our private boat and explore the river Derwent as we cruise to Bruny Island (we offer the only alternative access to the long queues of the Bruny Island ferry)
  • Enjoy a guided walk on Bruny Island’s east coast (12km return, 5-6hrs, don’t worry you won’t need to carry a pack)
  • Cool off by wading out into the crystal clear waters of Great Bay and harvesting your own oysters
  • Sleep in a king size bed in a luxury tent and enjoy a hot shower at our camp set on a secluded 100 acres
  • Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine as your guides prepare dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it


The boat we use instead of the Bruny Island Ferry to access Bruny Island


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Bruny Island walking tour

Day 2

Day two might begin with a gentle thumping past your tent. While the inquisitive wallaby isn’t your wake up call, his visit, or the promise of warm croissants might lure you from your crisp sheets of king-size luxury to reunite with us at the rustic wooden dining table once more.

Today’s walk is East Cloudy Head for views of Tasmania’s far south and the wild Southern Ocean. The five-hour journey begins by walking the length of Cloudy Bay Beach. Windswept and beautiful, the walk then leads us into coastal heath and up toward spectacular views of Bruny Island’s rugged south coast.

As with the previous day, the afternoon is time for more gourmet spoiling. Next we drop in on Ross and Emma O’Meara’s farm to collect the free range pork that they have had slow cooking in their smoker for us overnight. Back at camp enjoy time to sit on the deck, walk among the ferns, partake in another lavish shower or simply read a book while your guides prepare the evening meal.

  • Guided walk to East Cloudy Head for views of Bruny Island’s rugged South Coast and the Southern Ocean (12km return, 5-6hrs, dont worry you wont need to carry a pack)
  • Have some time to yourself and try to spot some of Bruny Island’s 150 species of birds (including all 12 Tasmanian endemics)
  • Gather round the fire with a glass of pinot from Tasmania’s Southernmost vineyard
  • As darkness descends on camp, watch as Tasmania’s unique nocturnal wildlife emerges

Day 3

The final day promises much exhilaration. After a short rainforest walk and a search for Bruny’s famous white wallabies, we board Rob Pennicott’s award-winning wilderness and wildlife adventure cruise.

We journey along the stunning coastline past some of the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere and out to the Friars Rocks we’d seen walking the day before. Playful dolphins, bold fur seals, cruising albatross and the taste of salty lips complete the thrilling experience.

To finish your long weekend in style, enjoy lunch on The Jetty Café’s deck, awaiting the arrival of your private boat on the beach below. The return trip to Hobart offers a scenic farewell to your adventure. Before you know it you’ll be back at the Tasmanian capital, likely wondering if the long weekend was one big thrilling daydream from your office chair.

  • stretch your legs on a short morning rainforest walk and search for white wallabies
  • Enjoy lunch and a farewell drink on the deck of The Jetty Cafe
  • Farewell Bruny Island with a scenic boat return trip back to the Hobart waterfront
 Bruny Island Cruise

Booking Details

Tours operate between November and April.  Our Long Weekend is designed as an all inclusive experience so you can leave your wallet at home

The Long Weekend includes:

– Three amazing days to explore Bruny Island
– Two nights twin/double share accommodation in a luxury tent with a king-size bed
– Journey from Hobart to Bruny Island by private boat
– Return from Bruny Island to Hobart by private boat
– Spectacular coastal walks
– Rob Pennicott’s award winning Bruny Island Cruise (Best Attraction in Australia 2013)
– All food and drinks
– Expert, qualified guides
– All national parks passes

Cost: $1895 per person all inclusive.

Nov & Dec: Friday Departures only

Jan-Apr:  Tuesday & Friday Departures

Trips depart the Hobart waterfront  at 730AM on the first day and return at approximately 6PM on the final day with a maximum of eight guests and two guides.

Friday departures are guaranteed to depart, regardless of numbers. Other trips require a combination of 4 bookings to guarantee departure.

Please see the calendar for schedule and availability

Special Offer: Why not get a group of 8 friends together and have an exclusive Long Weekend to yourself and save 10% on the tour price?


Bruny Island’s Food

Food is an element very closely connected with Bruny Island and an important part of The Bruny Island Long Weekend. For an island with around just 650 inhabitants, Bruny Island’s local produce is exceptional.

Almost 100% of the food we consume over the long weekend has been sourced from the island  itself or within Tasmania. Our food miles are so low that in most instances, you will see where your food is produced on the same day that you eat it. You may even have met the person who made it.

The cool, clean waters that surround Bruny island support an abundance of seafood and on land there are a number of well known producers making cheese, growing wine, olives and berries, making fudge and farming lamb, goat, pork and native game.

We endeavor to use them all.


The Accommodation

luxury guided walk accommodation Bruny Island Well secluded, on a private 100 acres on the edge of the South Bruny National Park, this little haven represents the perfect place to retreat.

Surrounded by towering Eucalypts and blackwood trees, our private reserve supports an abundance of endemic Tasmanian birdlife and marsupials. With most of our days spent in wild, powerful, coastal places, our camp is a sanctuary we can return to at the end of each day, as we change to a more introspective focus gathering round the fire in the dining room and sharing food and stories from the day.

Bruny Island guided walk accommodation Although the camp has been built completely ‘off the grid’, we are not without our creature comforts. Each tent contains a king-size bed with quality linen and the highlight, for many guests, is our hot outdoor shower, tucked away on one of the most beautiful parts of the property. Learn more about our accommodation here


Guided Walks

It is often said that Bruny Island is like a microcosm of Tasmania with an amazing variety of environments compacted into an island that takes just one hour to drive across.

Our guided walks take you through varied terrain including beaches, rocky headlands, bush trails and rainforest and by the end of the Long Weekend you will feel like you know Bruny Island intimately.

The walks are challenging enough to support our questionable claim of being a ‘calorie neutral’ tour, but easy enough to be within most people’s ability. We recommend you be in good health and be moderately fit to undertake the trip. We walk for approximately 5-6 hours on both day 1 and 2 and cover around 12km each day. On the third day we enjoy a short guided walk through the rainforest.

One of the great aspects of our walks is that as we return to the same camp both nights, you do not have to carry a pack!

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