Stunning Scenery, Rich Flavors: Welcome to Bruny Island

  • Port

    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    8 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Tasmania is one of Australia's last great wilderness frontiers whose cool, maritime climate and rich terroir contribute to superb culinary offerings. On this epicurean tour, take in stunning landscapes and experience award-winning whiskies, fresh oysters and small-batch artisanal cheeses.

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, sampling incredible food against a backdrop of dramatic sea cliffs, pristine beaches and lush rain forests.

Your first stop is at the Bruny Island Cheese Company, where you'll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Meet the makers and learn how they craft some of the finest artisan cheeses in Australia using traditional techniques. You'll appreciate the serenity of the surrounding bush as you sit under eucalyptus trees and share a platter of cheese and piping-hot wood-fired pizza straight from the oven, along with handcrafted ale.

Get Shucked is a locally-owned and -operated oyster farm and bar, where these succulent bivalves are harvested and shucked daily. This is a rare chance to savor the clean briny flavor of oysters straight from the sea. The setting couldn't be more spectacular, overlooking a glittering bay where the oysters are grown.

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 timber 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 afterwards.

You don't necessarily think of Tasmania when whisky is mentioned, but after today, you will. This area has all the makings of great whisky -- clean, soft water, and the region's best barley. There is also peat to smoke the malted barley in the tradition of the great Islay malts from Scotland. Your tour culminates at the Bruny Island House of Whisky, where you can sample an award-winning local single malt and see an extensively documented collection of Tasmanian whiskies -- perhaps the perfect end to the perfect day.

Notes:

Venues and tastings are subject to change. Tour duration may be extended during peak times due to lines for the ferry. Wear comfortable walking shoes.