Experiences

Experiences 2016-10-27T18:37:34+00:00

Sam Hauser – Oyster Farmer

Among the Island’s niche-agriculturalists is stock-broker-cum-oyster-farmer, Sam Hauser or Bruny Island Marine Farm. After today’s 12-kilometre wander we’re chauffeured to his office, on the banks of Adventure Bay. Trading sandy sneakers for wetsuit booties, we join him in knee-deep water where he shucks fresh oysters from the sea.

“After working in stockbroking for years I was made redundant when the GFC struck, so I serendipitously took up a job with a friend working on an oyster farm,” says Hauser, handing me a shell of creamy, briny deliciousness. It needs nothing more than a squeeze of lemon – how all good oysters should be.

“Needless to say, I loved working on the water and I eventually stuck a deal with the previous owner. I certainly haven’t regretted the change,” he grins from under a straw brimmed hat. I just cant imagine why…

– Alissa Jenkins, Australian Traveller, Sep 2013

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Ross O'meara on the farm

Ross O’Meara – Bruny Island Food

We are very lucky to have Ross O’Meara as our neighbour (in country terms). Ross has become somewhat of a celebrity in recent years thanks to his role in SBS’s TV Series “The Gourmet Farmer”.

Before living on Bruny Island, Ross worked as a chef in Australia, France and some of London’s top Michelin starred restaurants. In 2007 Ross and his wife Emma visited Bruny and fell in love. Driven by a desire to get back to the source of his food, he bought a 25-acre farm and uses his skill as a chef to rear and make pork products on site. Ross is influenced by the European model of small hold farming and believes that you do not need hundreds of acres to run a productive farm. Ross runs a small herd of rare breed pigs (Berkshire and Wessex Saddleback) has selected these breeds for their superior meat quality and raises them on feed that is all Tasmanian grown, a majority of it on Bruny Island.

We enjoy many of Ross’s goodies over the weekend but the highlight for many people is his slow cooked pork. After our walk on the second day, we stop by his house and collect the pork that he has had in his smoker for us overnight.

Bruny Island Cruise

Over the course of the three days we will show you just about every single corner of Bruny Island. There is one part, however, that we cannot get to on foot: Bruny Island’s rugged south east coast. There is just one way to see this part of the world and that is by boat.

On the final day of your Long Weekend we will join the Bruny Island Cruise. You’ll journey below some of the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere while keeping an eye out for migrating whales, playful dolphins and the ever-present colonies of lively fur seals. There is simply not enough space to list all their awards and achievements here but they include winning the best attraction in Australia last year. The bottom line is, you can’t come to Bruny and not do the cruise.

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