Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Stunning Scenery, Rich Flavors: Welcome to Bruny Island
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Tasmania is one of Australia's last great wilderness frontiers whose cool, maritime climate and rich terroir contribute to superb culinary offerings. On this great all-rounder tour, take in stunning landscapes and sample award-winning whisky or gin, fresh oysters and handcrafted fudge.
Set out from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and gateway to remote Bruny Island. You'll transfer to Kettering -- an atmospheric harbor full of yachts and fishing vessels -- to board the ferry for the scenic 15-minute crossing to Bruny Island. Located off the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Bruny has been described as a pocket-sized version of Tasmania and has become a gourmet destination with flourishing food and wine industries. Explore and indulge today with wonderful food against a backdrop of dramatic sea cliffs, pristine beaches and lush rain forests.
Your first stop is at the Neck Lookout for views of the narrow isthmus stretching away in graceful curves. The picturesque isthmus of Bruny Island Neck connects the northern and southern parts of the island and is home to elusive fairy penguins that sleep in the sand dunes. Make your way up the wooden stairs to the Neck Lookout, which offers stunning 360-degree views of the sea and sand, with a stroll along the deserted white-sand beach and local sightseeing afterwards.
Delights for your taste buds await at a nearby seafood restaurant. This is a rare chance to savor the clean briny flavor of a freshly-shucked local oyster; then, indulge in the freshest local premium fish served with a crisp salad and fries, with a glass of local wine, artisan beer or cider. Lunch ends with a taste of handcrafted fudge and a nip of Tasmanian whisky or gin. You'll also have time to shop for local arts, crafts, gifts and perhaps a bottle of the local whisky or gin at the Visitor Center.
Take a light walk on the beach at Adventure Bay or, if you're feeling a little more energetic, wander the slightly longer trail to Grassy Point, with views of the famous Fluted Cape. The latter is one of Tasmania's Great Short Walks.
Tour duration may be extended during peak times due to lines for the ferry. Wear comfortable walking shoes.