|Beautiful Bruny Island|
Bruny Island Smoke House
Almost as soon as you drive off the ferry to Bruny Island you can spot Bruny Island Smoke House. BISH is housed in a lovely stone building looking out over the ocean. Inside there are shelves full of jams, olives, oils and of course smoked goods. BISH smokes salmon, ocean trout and even quails. There are lots of free samples to try and I couldn’t resist buying some of the hot smoked ocean trout ($16) along with a bottle of pomegranate syrup.
|At the Bruny Island Smokehouse|
Details: Bruny Island Smokehouse, 360 Lennon Road, Bruny Island, Tasmania. Ph: (03) 6260 6344
Bruny Island Cheese Co
A must visit on Bruny Island is the brilliant Bruny Island Cheese Co. Nick Haddow is the man behind the cheesemongers and he set it up after working with specialist cheese makers in France, Italy, Spain and the UK including spending time at the excellent Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. Tastings here are free but it’s impossible to resist buying some cheese to take away and a few jars of the lovely preserved pears or chutneys.
|Cheese ageing room at the Bruny Island Cheese Co|
Details: Bruny Island Cheese Co, 1807 Bruny Island Main Road, Great Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania (Ph 03 6260 6353)
This little pub doesn’t look like much from the outside but it has a view of the ocean and a cracking menu which is all about local produce and especially seafood. It’s pub grub but using top notch ingredients. We liked Hotel Bruny’s take on bangers and mash which was made using fat hand made pork bratwurst from the Snug butchery with smashed potatoes ($17). The fish and chips ($26) was made with spankingly fresh fish coated in a light beer batter. The only catch to this unpretentious little place is that if you want to eat here it’s best to book ahead as it’s popular.
Details: Hotel Bruny, 3959 Bruny Island Main Road, Alonnah Tasmania 7150 (Ph 03 6293 1148)
|View of the ocean from Bruny Island|
Bruny Island Berry Farm
The Bruny Island Berry Farm is in a stunning location but seems to be a berry farm in name rather than substance as there are not many bushes. On our visit they had run out of berries altogether both of the pick your own variety and any berries to be served with food at the accompanying cafe. The cafe also managed to serve up what was easily the worst coffee we had in Tasmania. On the plus side the berry farm does stock the excellent Tassie Valhalla ice-cream ($4 a scoop) and the orange polenta cake was sweet and sticky.
Details: Bruny Island Berry Farm, 526 Adventure Bay Rd Bruny Island Tasmania (Ph 03 6293 1055)
|Bruny Island berry farm|
Gourmet Travel Tips
- To get to Bruny Island, you have to take a ferry from Kettering, which is a 30 minute drive from Hobart. The 15 minute ferry ride arrives at Roberts Point, North Bruny.
- We hired a car through Budget which is located right in the centre of Hobart and came to a bargain $60 a day.
- We flew to Hobart with Virgin Australia. Our flights were about $200 return from Melbourne but that’s because we booked pretty last minute.
- For tips on what to do in Hobart try my post on 48 hours in Hobart.
- We stayed at Mantra in Hobart which are serviced apartments right near the Salamanca wharf area. The apartments were clean and modern and included a small kitchen and laundry facilities if you were staying for longer. They don’t have much character but were a reasonable price compared to Hobart’s more boutique hotels.
Details: Mantra, 1 Sandy Bay Road Hobart Tasmania 7000 (Ph 03 6221 6000)
Damage: Pricey. $215 a night.