Bruny Island and the beauty of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Bruny Island has some of Tasmania's most beautifully preserved natural environments with abundant wildlife and stunning cliff top views.
The island is about 50 km long but appears to be two islands with North and South Bruny joined by a narrow strip of land called The Neck. This isthmus is an important habitat for native wildlife.
A highlight is South Bruny National Park, with towering cliffs overlooking long sandy beaches, coastal heathland, and underwater gardens of kelp seaweed with some amazing bushwalks to take it all in. The island is also a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals.
Exploring Bruny can be as quick and easy as taking a spectacular half-day boat cruise around the island, though a longer stay reveals the many secrets of this special place.
Take time to enjoy the famous local produce: Bruny is home to producers specialising in oysters, cheese and chocolate. Bruny Island Cheese make some of the finest artisan cheeses in Australia.
There are lots of places to stay with accommodation ranging from friendly campsites to luxury beachfront retreats.
Bruny Island is accessed via a 20-min crossing on vehicular ferry from Kettering, around a 35-min drive south of Hobart. The Bruny Island Ferry service runs seven days a week - get there early during peak holiday periods.
For a very special treat, check out Satellite Island:
The sheltered D'Entrecasteaux Channel, which separates the Tasmanian mainland south of Hobart from Bruny Island, was named eponymously by the French explorer Bruni D'Entrecasteaux in 1792. The channel became important for shipping between Hobart and the coastal bases of whalers, sealers and timber-getters further south.
The far northern section of the channel between the mainland of south east Tasmania and the northern tip of Bruny Island is known as North West Bay. The larger bay to the south of it, between Woodbridge and Gordon, is called Great Bay. Though these two bays are treated as part of D'Entrecasteaux Channel, in reality the channel begins where the huon River estuary flows into it in near Verona Sands.
One of the most memorable routes from Hobart to the Huon Valley is Channel Highway, the coast road alongside D'Entrecasteaux Channel through Taroona, where the world 's oldest round shot tower stands. Further on, there are superb sea views of Storm Bay and Bruny Island beyond. On the shores of the Channel south of Kingston is the little port of Kettering. Cruising yachts and fishing boats sit on their reflections in the sheltered harbour, and the busy Bruny Island car ferry plies its trade across the water.