Where to eat on Bruny Island: Gourmet Chick in Tasmania

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Bruny Island is an island off the island of Tasmania off the big island of Australia.  It feels really remote and unspoilt even though it is only a 30 minute drive and a short ferry ride from Hobart.  Meat-and-Three-Veg and I made a day trip there and spent our time eating and drinking our way around the island along with a bit of a beach and bush walk (mainly to make some more stomach room).  Driving around we visited the Bruny Island Smoke House, Bruny Island Cheese, Hotel Bruny  and the Bruny Island Berry farm.  It sounds like a lot but we still missed out on the oyster farm Get Shucked, the fudge makers and a few other cafes.  Let’s just say you could spend a few days quite happily on Bruny Island.

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

Essentials
Details: Bruny Island Smokehouse, 360 Lennon Road, Bruny Island, Tasmania.  Ph: (03) 6260 6344
Damage: Reasonable
6/10

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 

Essentials
Details: Bruny Island Cheese Co, 1807 Bruny Island Main Road, Great Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania (Ph 03 6260 6353)
Damage: Pricey
9/10

Hotel Bruny
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.

Hotel Bruny

Essentials
Details: Hotel Bruny, 3959 Bruny Island Main Road, Alonnah Tasmania 7150 (Ph 03 6293 1148)
Damage: Reasonable
8/10

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.

Essentials
Details: Bruny Island Berry Farm, 526 Adventure Bay Rd  Bruny Island Tasmania (Ph 03 6293 1055)
Damage: Reasonable
4/10

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. 

Essentials
Details: Mantra, 1 Sandy Bay Road  Hobart Tasmania 7000 (Ph 03 6221 6000)
Damage: Pricey. $215 a night.
7/10.

7 comments

  1. You’ve got me wanting to return back to Tassy for a visit. Must put it on the cards soon!

  2. Wow, will have to hit up this little beauty next time I’m in Hobart! No time to fit in last trip, loved the Bruny Island Cheese co!

  3. We didn’t make it to Bruny Island on our one trip to Tasmania, but I loved the sound of it. Your pictures make me wish we did get there, and the food is sounding pretty good too!

  4. Another one to add to a fantastical Tasmania itinerary – thank you! (nb, The Hungry One is thanking you in advance for the heads up about below-average coffee spots. Life is too short for bad espresso.

  5. It was fairly obvious that Gourmet Chick visited at the wrong time of the berry season. If she had visited now she would have had freshly picked berries. 7000 strawberry plants are now in full production! As far as the coffee is concerned, her taste buds might have been spoilt by eating the cheese as I have been told on a very regular basis that The Berry Farm serves the BEST coffee in Tasmania. It uses only top quality Lavazza beans and coffee lovinly prepared by fully qualified baristas.

  6. Iron Chef Shellie – Such an easy and good trip from Melbourne!

    Ashley – Yes Bruny Island is certainly worth a trip from Hobart

    Kari – Always good to have something to look forward to for your next trip.

    Tori – Good to have some travel treats to look forward to when you make it back to Australia

    Anon – That may be the case but I have friends who have visited at different times of year and there have also been no berrys. Good to hear you have heard better things about the coffee – but my experience was not great.

  7. Being a local Tasmaniac – I spend a lot of time on Bruny – arriving by boat from Kettering ! Growing in popularity every day as is all of our Island Home ..

    We are now being discovered by the world for clean air, great food/wine and a wonderful seasonal climate.

    Gotta be proud!

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