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A trip around spectacular Bruny Island

Bruny Island

A perfect weekend road trip

With its comparatively short distances, Tasmania is the perfect place for short weekend road trips. In fact, some trips can be completed in a day. One of these is a drive down to Bruny Island for some outdoor fun and gourmet food. At Thrifty, we offer great specials when you hire a car with us for a day or two, so check them out and then go exploring.

From Hobart, drive down to Kingston either via the faster inland route or via the scenic coastal route. Here you'll find the Australian Antarctic Division Headquarters, great beaches and walking trails as well as an unusual shopping destination known as the Margate Train. When you hit the road again, take the Channel Highway to Kettering, which is only a little over 30 km south of Hobart. It's a charming little town surrounded by apple, pear and cherry orchards on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. In summer the fruit is ripe for the picking, but why not also take some time out to go kayaking or yachting while you're here?

Kettering is the gateway to Bruny Island, with the ferry departing from here. Remember to take your car across so you'll be able to get around the island. Bruny Island consists of two parts: North Bruny Island and South Bruny Island. The ferry will take you to the drier North Bruny Island, from where the road leads south across a narrow isthmus called 'The Neck'. Take a stroll along the boardwalks here to see little penguins and breath-taking views from the Truganini Lookout.

The Neck joins North Bruny Island to South Bruny Island with its spectacular scenery. This part of Bruny Island is wetter and home to large swathes of forest and the South Bruny National Park. Adventure Bay on the island's east coast is a popular spot for swimming. A must-do is to take one of the cruises departing from here. They normally last about three hours and offer the best views of South Bruny National Park's dramatic coastline, not to mention seals and dolphins.

Back on land, be sure to check out Bruny's gourmet offerings. There are cheeses, smoked goodies and oysters to taste and the island is also home to both Australia's southernmost winery and its southernmost licensed pub. There are plenty of hikes on the island too so you don't have to feel guilty about eating too much.

Bruny Island measures only about 40 km in length, so one of our compact or medium range cars is perfect for getting around and you can easily visit the island just for the day. There are wonderful accommodation options here, though, so why not stay the night?