you Bruny Island is just off the east coast of Tasmania, and the food on Bruny Island is fantastic! At nearly 100 kilometers long there is plenty to do. Access is via the ferry from Kettering. In an amazing size comparison Bruny Island is the same land mass as Singapore! While Singapore has a population of over 5.5 million, Bruny Island has a permanent population of only 650!
You can select a theme for the day- explore the wildlife, try the local produce, explore the marine life and coast line or combine them all. A selection of accommodation is available if you would like to spend the night on Bruny Island.
And there are fantastic views from everywhere! Being the food lovers we are, we headed to Bruny Island to follow the “Made on Bruny Island Gourmet Trail.” Here’s our guide to the fantastic wine and food on Bruny Island, as an itinerary for you!
An Itinerary to Discover the Wine and Food on Bruny Island
Catch the Bruny Island Ferry
10:30 am It is a short ferry ride from Kettering to Bruny Island, you will be there before you know it!
Bruny Island Cheese Company
11:00 am Just a short drive from the ferry, our first stop is to try the cheese, wood-fired bread, pizzas and beer made on site at the Bruny Island Cheese Co. Nick Haddow is the man behind the Bruny Island Cheese Co. The artisan cheeses made onsite feature a range of cheese styles from around the world. Bruny Island Cheese Co. is also at the Salamanca Market on Saturdays in Hobart and in local shops around Tasmania.
The cheesery on Bruny Island is in a lovely bush setting where you can enjoy the wonderful produce. We stopped to sample the cheese, the beer and have a coffee.
Lunch and Wine tasting at Bruny Island Premium Wines
12:40 p.m. Australia’s most southerly vineyard is Bruny Island Premium Wines. And it should come with a warning label, as between the great views, fantastic food and delicious wines; you risk getting stuck here on your day of exploring!
Like most Tasmanian wineries, Bruny Island Premium Wines feature Pinot Noir and white grape varietals which grow well in cool climates.
We had a wine tasting first to try their lovely wines.Then we moved to the restaurant for a delicious meal featuring local produce. Highlights from our meal include:
- The Saint Chardy Oysters-featuring fresh Bruny Island oysters grilled with “Saint” cheese from the Bruny Island Cheese Co. and the house unwooded chardonnay! Divine!
- Wallaby San Choy Bau – beautiful
- An order of the locally raised lamb cutlets
- And the Woolley Jumper Burger (the name of family that owns and run the winery is Woolley) a delicious wallaby and lamb burger.
- All accompanied by a bottle of Pinot Noir and some lovely views!
Get Shucked Oysters Drive-up Window
2:45 pm Yes, you can drive through and pick up some oysters to take with you at Get Shucked Oysters! We stopped for a quick dozen of fresh oysters to take home for dinner that night! The oysters are farmed just off the coast in Great Bay. You can see the oyster farms from the road. They are fresh that day. Sublime!
Whisky Tasting at the House of Whisky
3:00 p.m. As we have previously written about – Tasmanian whisky is making its mark on the world whisky scene. The Bruny Island House of Whisky features a selection of whisky from around the world- available as flights or individual tastings. We tried a Cradle Mountain Whsky- no longer in production- and a version of Hellyer’s Road (a Tasmanian whisky) we had not tried.
Ferry to Kettering
4 p.m. This ends our day of eating and exploring on Bruny Island. (Except for those fresh oysters we will have tonight!)
Visiting Bruny Island
There are lots of other things to do on Bruny Island including a number of walks and several other options of where to lunch other than the winery. You can find more information to assist with planning your visit on the Bruny Island website including the ferry timetable.
The Made on Bruny Island Gourmet Trail also includes Bruny Island Berries which specializes in berries, fruit preserves and ice cream. It is located in Adventure Bay, which is also the site of Captain Cook’s original landing.
And the newest addition to the gourmet trail is Bruny Island Cider, joining in 2015, made using Bruny Island apples. Find the cellar door inside the Hotel Bruny.
Honey is also available on Bruny Island and there is a smoke house featuring local products near the ferry terminal.
And go hungry- as you can see there is a full day of eating and drinking of the fantastic wine, whisky, and food on Bruny Island.
You can find more information to help you plan your trip to Tasmania including travel, food, wine and hiking options on Compass & Fork.