Festivals & Events
The island’s biggest festival is the biennial Bruny Island Bird Festival, a four-day event featuring workshops, speakers and photography classes, birdwatching tours and walks. Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival also happens every two years and is a three-day camping celebration focusing on music, ceremonies and arts. Events include songwriting sessions, film screenings and poetry readings.
Wineries & Vineyards
Family-run Bruny Island Premium Wines outside Lunawanna has been making its wines on-site since 2004. Spend an afternoon here tasting its pinot noir, chardonnay and apple cider at its cellar door, dining on the farm-to-fork fare at its restaurant or simply exploring its 120-acre estate. On Fridays and Saturdays in the warmer months, the restaurant is open for dinner.
For another drinks tasting experience, head to the cellar at Bruny Island House of Whisky for a sampling of their gins and single malt whiskies, poured by knowledgeable staff. The Whisky and Fine Food Matching Experience will see pairing single malts with gourmet foods, all sourced from Tasmania.
Attractions & Activities
Book a three-hour trip with Bruny Island Cruises to see its rugged coastline and pristine beaches from the water. Join a tour with Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours to climb the heritage-listed landmark and glimpse the island’s undulating hills and crashing seas from above.
Board a cruise to spot seals, whales (between May and July and September and November) and dolphins. Or echidnas, wombats and white wallabies on one of the island’s many walks. Head to The Neck at Bruny Island for the chance to see some of its resident fairy penguins.
To learn more about the history and current culture of the area, visit Bruny Island Quarantine Station at Barnes Bay, which tells stories from the time of the early Aboriginal occupation by the Nuenonne peoples through to the present day. And check out the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration for its maps, documents and artefacts from the days of the early settlers.