Top 6 Bruny Island Tours: Best Bruny Island Day Trip For Cruise, Food And Fun

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Heading to Tasmania and looking for a great way to spend a day? Visiting Bruny Island in a day is completely possible and it’s not a day you will regret!

Full of wildlife, nature, gorgeous coastline and some great food experiences, Bruny Island is one of our favourite places in Tasmania. And while it may be an island, it is surprisingly easy to reach from Hobart and there are many options for Bruny Island tours from Hobart to make visiting extra easy.

Bruny Island Cruises
Bruny Island Cruises

This will ensure you make the most of your time and have an amazing experience exploring this part of the world.

Whether you are looking for Bruny cruises, a Bruny Island gourmet tour or any other type of experience on your Bruny Island trip, one of the Bruny Island day tours from Hobart below is sure to suit you.

So keep reading to find your perfect Tasmania Bruny Island tour!

Compare All The Best Bruny Island Tours

The table below compares all the following Bruny Island tours to help you make the best choice for your budget, style and preferences. Note that these are all Bruny Island day trip from Hobart options.

Tour NameBest For…Price FromBook Now
Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise TourAmazing scenery, best Bruny Island cruise$235+Click
Bruny Island Sightseeing and Lighthouse TourBest Bruny Island day trip for people who want to do/eat as much as possible$195+Click
Bruny Island Full Day TourFoodie tour mixed with some sightseeing$210+Click
All Inclusive Gourmet Day TripUltimate foodie Bruny Island day tour$210+Click
Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour From HobartBudget option going to top Bruny Island attractions$125+Click
Fresh from the Ocean: Tasmanian Seafood Gourmet Full-Day Bruny Island CruisePremium full-day fishing tour for the ultimate seafood experience$685Click

Top 6 Bruny Island Tour Options For Your Best Bruny Island Day Trip

Top Bruny Island Cruises – Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise Tour

Bruny Island Cruises boat
One of the Bruny Island Cruise boats we spotted from Grass Point

Departing daily at 8am from the Hobart Waterfront Booking Centre, Franklin Wharf, this is our top selection for anyone looking for a full day experience of an unforgettable Bruny Island boat tour.

Taking you up close to all the scenic highlights, and usually coming with an abundance of wildlife viewings, you’ll enjoy a 3-hour Bruny Island wilderness tour on a specially crafted open-air, tiered-seated, boat. Sure to be one of the highlights of your Tasmania stay, this is a multi-award winning eco-tourism experience!

Start your morning with an enjoyable bus ride from Hobart to catch the ferry crossing to Bruny Island, on the South East Coast of Tasmania. Your knowledgeable bus driver keeps you entertained along the route, and you’re soon ready to board your custom-made yellow boat.

bruny island car ferry

Aiming to maximise viewing of the fascinating wildlife and the stunning geological features of Bruny Island, the vessel’s open-sided design helps you feel connected with nature, and surrounds you with fresh-air and the smell of the ocean. This extra level of comfort and enjoyment has helped make this one of the stand-out Bruny Island Tasmania cruise options.

Fast and safe, your boat takes you right into the heart of the action, often up close to the unspoiled coastline for glimpses of seal colonies or perhaps nesting albatrosses. Your guide will help identify the unique wildlife, and also show you the impressive blowhole “Breathing Rock”. You’ll explore towering cliffs and rocky stacks, sea caves, and even remote islands and beaches of this world-class National Marine Park.

And, perhaps the highlight of the tour, head out to sea in search of friendly dolphins or humpback whales travelling along their migration route during September to December.

Bruny Island rocks and cliffs

This three hour Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise is hosted by world-class guides that are passionate about the environment and enjoy sharing knowledge with their guests. Plus, with a maximum of only 43 passengers onboard, the cruise is both an intimate and educational tour.

Inclusions include morning tea and lunch, with return hotel drop off. Don’t forget to take along a warm jacket, gloves, scarf and perhaps a beanie! Bookings are essential and the tour is open to all age groups, with special 0-2yrs infant tickets, and is very popular with many generic Bruny Island cruise review websites giving high praise!

This wonderful Bruny Island eco tour and Bruny Island wilderness coast tour ends back in Hobart around 5.30pm. Organised by the famed Australian tourism legend Robert Pennicott and his team, this is one of the top selling Pennicott cruises, Bruny Island.

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Best All-Round Bruny Island Day Tour – Bruny Island Sightseeing And Lighthouse Tour

Cape Bruny Lighthouse
Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Fancy a day exploring some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, discovering the history of Bruny Island, wildlife spotting along the route, and still finding time to sample delicious seafood, cheeses and more?

Known for its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and rare wildlife, Bruny Island is also a producer of world class gourmet food, including a cheese factory, oyster farm, apple orchards and home to Australia’s southernmost vineyard.

A spectacular day out, this tour departs by bus from Hobart at 7.30am (with complimentary hotel pick-up). Transfer to a comfortable ferry for the quick hop across the bay – keeping an eye out for a range of wildlife, such as sea birds, dolphins and even whales.

Once on the island – approximately 100km long and made up of two islands joined together by a narrow isthmus known as The Neck – it’s time to discover the top gourmet spots. Sample rich cheeses, fresh oysters, sweet and smooth fudges, chocolates, berries and more!

The Neck Bruny Island things to do
The Neck – I’ve never seen anything like it

Joined throughout by your friendly guide, walk off the calories by enjoying some of the top short walks on the island. Discover the historic aspects of Bruny – including its iconic lighthouse on a special-access Bruny Island lighthouse tour – and take in some of the most dramatic viewpoints, all the time keeping an eye out for the island’s exotic wildlife.

A real Bruny Island adventure tours winner, your day out continues with additional highlights such as viewing the rare White Wallaby in the wild, visiting the Mt Mangana Rainforests and a hotel lunch overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with a selection of seafood and local meats. It’s fair to say that this tour almost explodes with inclusions!

Returning approximately 5.30pm to Hobart, this day out is not recommended for children under 3 years of age. And note that children under 5 years are unable to participate in the Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tour due to safety regulations, but they can walk around at the base under an adult’s supervision. Booster seats are available, and the operator is happy to discuss your individual requirements in detail if you’re travelling with infants or toddlers.

This is one tour you’re definitely not going home hungry from!

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Best Foodie + Wildlife Option – Bruny Island Full Day Tour

Bruny Island oysters
Yummmm Bruny Island oysters

Bruny Island’s famed gourmet food is on the menu today, with a 9+-hour tour itinerary that showcases the scenic rugged beauty of one of Tasmania’s must-see destinations, whilst sampling some of the finer things in life. With small maximum group sizes, this Bruny Island 6-course gourmet day trip is a treat for your tastebuds!

The tour departs Hobart at 7.45am, catching the short ferry across to Bruny Island – from which you can hope to glimpse playful dolphins and many seabirds.

Once on the Island, start the day with an exclusive Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Tasting with fresh Tassie cheeses, before picking up your lunch at Get Shucked Oysters – noted for its fresh seafood that’s said to resemble a “kiss from the ocean”!

Work up an appetite for lunch with a short hike at The Neck Lookout and at Mavista Rainforest Walk.

Bruny Island House Of Whisky
Bruny Island House Of Whisky tasting

You should be hungry by now on this Bruny Island gourmet food tour and, after a quick search for white wallabies on a private reserve, it’s time to enjoy lunch at Pennicotts, Australia’s southernmost vineyard. Tuck in to an appetiser of the fresh oysters, followed by a main meal that’s accompanied by two glasses of wine, beer and cider.

Your Bruny Island day trip itinerary continues on at a leisurely pace, sampling more delights such as seasonal berries, honey, fudge and more. And, in our opinion, one of the delights of this tour is meeting the local farmers, cheese makers, beekeepers, whiskey distillers (where you can enjoy 2 tastings of sherry and port), and hearing stories of how they harvest their crops and produce their wares.

Joined throughout by your helpful guide – who travels at your speed, with plenty of time given at each venue – this tour is truly a foodie’s delight! Mixed with incredible wildlife and stunning coastal views, there’s something for everyone here.

Returning to Hobart around 6pm, this full day tour is open to all age groups with special 0-2 years Infant tickets available.  Bookings are essential as this is a popular day trip, regularly earning top Bruny Island tours reviews, and is again organised by those talented Pennicott Bruny Island cruise operators, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.

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Best Bruny Island Food Tour – All Inclusive Gourmet Day Trip

Adventure Bay Bruny Island beach
There are many pretty beaches on Bruny Island including the beach at Adventure Bay

Another of the Bruny Island safaris day tours that we highly recommend, this tour takes you on a full day’s discovery of the island’s gourmet offerings with more than enough food and drink to satisfy even the most hearty of appetites!

The highlight of your day will be the spectacular seven-course lunch, which includes a delicious round of freshly shucked oysters. Across the rest of the day you will enjoy award-winning cheeses, berries (in season), local honey, wine, whiskey and chocolates.

Similar to previous tours, you’ll start the day early morning in Franklin Wharf, Hobart – approximately 7.45am – and with a small maximum number of guests, set out on a guided bus ride to meet the ferry.

Bruny Island Premium Wines tasting platter
Our two person tasting platter

Once on the island, meet with local producers, listening to their stories and tales of crop growing, harvest time and more. Your spectacular lunch is taken at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant, offering sweeping views of Adventure Bay.

After dining, take a guided walk to the iconic Neck Lookout and explore deserted sandy beaches. Finally, step back in time with a walk through the ancient Mavista Rainforest – breathing in reputedly some of the world’s cleanest air as you stroll under the towering canopy. Listen as your guide shares stories of flora, fauna and the island’s original Aboriginal Tasmanian inhabitants.

Windswept coastlines, wild birds, rolling hills and wide beaches, Bruny Island has it all! Add in a heavy dose of gourmet dining and you’re all set for an unforgettable day of adventure.

The tour includes optional hotel pick-up and drop off service, and is open to all age groups with infants sitting on laps.

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Best Bruny Island Budget Tour – Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour From Hobart

Bruny Island penguins viewing platform
The viewing platform and boardwalk to see the pengiuns

A Bruny Island day trip, Hobart departure that doesn’t focus on lunch, this is a great budget-end option that still ticks off all of the main highlights of the exotic and wild island. The tour also suits those seeking easy-paced Bruny Island walking tours.

The scenic coastline, beaches and national parks of Bruny Island await you on this 10-hour tour, that commences with a hotel pick-up early after breakfast at 7.30am. Travel by bus to catch the 15-20 minute ferry crossing – keeping alert for your first wildlife viewings, with dolphins regularly spotted in the channel.

Packing-in as many activities as possible within the day, your guided island discovery commences with a walk through the temperate rainforest at Mavista Falls. Bruny Island’s only waterfalls, water cascades down 7-metres into aptly named Waterfall Creek. Follow a meandering trail through the rainforest to a serene and pretty spot where you can dip your toes in the water or relax after the short walk.

Next on your agenda is a visit to the picturesque Cape Bruny Lighthouse (ticket not included), the second oldest original tower in Australia but now inactive. And from there, it’s cameras at the ready as you enjoy 360-degree vistas from the lookout atop the The Neck, with views of the Tasman Sea, Tasman peninsula, North and South Bruny Island and Mt Wellington. Keep an eye out for penguin nests on the slopes up to the platform!

Bruny Island Premium Wines shop
Bruny Island Premium Wines shop

Time to sample some of the island’s famed wares with a visit to the Bruny Island Berry Farm (we highly recommend their ice-cream!) and on to Bruny Island Premium Wines, where reasonably priced tastings can be arranged on the spot.

And finally, on the return to the ferry, you’ll have the chance to purchase what the island is most famous for… oysters!

There’s a lot to pack into your visit and no two days are alike with the schedule flexible depending on the day’s guests and what they desire to fit in during their time. The guide’s plan the day based on this and the weather conditions, maximising your experience and enjoyment. Their local knowledge of secret spots and their strong relationships with the local vendors also helps to ensure a great day out!

All age groups are welcomed, with infants sitting on laps, and the tour is stroller-accessible. This is a terrific tour for anyone hoping to sample a little of everything Bruny Island has to offer.

Please note, lunch is not included (which is reflected in the reasonable cost of this tour in comparison to other tours to Bruny Island from Hobart).

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Fresh From The Ocean: Tasmanian Seafood Gourmet Full-Day Bruny Island Cruise

Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co.
Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co.

Now, this is the life… a Bruny Island boat trip with a twist! Take a scenic cruise along the Derwent River and around Bruny Island on-board a custom-made boat, keeping things intimate with a small maximum number of guests per sailing. Pair this with dining on freshly gathered seafood, regional wines, beers, ciders and cheeses… and you have a premium full-day seafood experience!

This simply fantastic Bruny Island cruise tour takes around 8-hours and departs from Franklin Wharf, Hobart. Meet your two expert guides that will join you for the day and fellow travel companions, at this historic waterfront. Leave the city behind as you glide along the waterways of Hobart, down the Derwent River into the sheltered waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel around Bruny Island.

As you enjoy your Bruny Island boat cruise your guides will share their extensive knowledge of the region, and in a secluded bay, they’ll jump into the water in hunt of abalone and sea urchins for part of your lunch. You’ll enjoy watching them prepare this gathered bounty and dine on these and delicious rock lobster – prepared in two ways – and other delicious seafood dishes that are all cooked on the spot!

Bruny Island Cruises

No meal in this region is complete without a side order of freshly shucked oysters and – having stopped at a local salmon farm – there’s fresh fish on the menu too! And not to forget the accompanying gourmet spread of fresh local breads, salads and artisan cheeses… all washed down with premium wines!

And all the while keeping look out for seals, eagles, penguins and more of Tasmania’s exotic and endemic wildlife, whilst breathing-in some of the world’s cleanest air. A perfect day? …we think so and find this one of the best Bruny Island tours, Tasmania.

No hotel pick-up and drop-off here, but the tour operates in all weather conditions (please dress appropriately) and is open to all age groups with infants seated on laps.

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Where To Stay In Hobart

Staying centrally is the best way to be all set for your day trip to Bruny Island from Hobart. Here are some options depending on your budget and needs…

BEST – Sullivans Cove Apartments Review

Marketed as Hobart’s finest collection of 5-star self-catering apartments, Sullivans Cove Apartments don’t disappoint! Located around Hobart’s vibrant waterfront – home to many great restaurants – the apartments offer a home-away-from-home vibe, with additional little touches that have ensured a high repeat-clientele.

Situated in 5 different areas around the Hobart Waterfront, each apartment is a self-contained serviced apartment, offering free WiFi, kitchen and full laundry facilities, and each is serviced daily.

Especially ideal for families, the apartments are spacious and with modern amenities – such as dishwasher, microwave, flat-screen television and ironing facilities. 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments are available, operated from one central check-in office that opens 8.30am-5.30pm daily.

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The views from each apartment differ, but we recommend checking out the Penthouse and Hunter St apartments as these have water views. Children under 2-years stay free in existing bedding, and baby cots are available at most locations with a nightly rental fee.

Located only minutes from markets and pubs, Sullivans Cove Apartments are an ideal option for everyone: families, small groups or solo travellers.

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MID-RANGE – Somerset On The Pier Review

Location, location, location! Here’s something a little different, that will bring another level of fun to your Tasmania stay… Somerset On the Pier has the novelty factor of being built on top of a pier, in a converted 1930s pier building!

With terrific views of the Derwent River and Sullivans Cove, the hotel has 1 or 2-bedroom apartments, both coming in Executive and Premier levels, and offer a little more space than your average hotel room.

Constructed with a loft-style design, the apartments come with fully-equipped kitchenettes, Smart TVs, separate living and dining spaces, washing machine and dryer, and a daily housekeeping service (except Sundays).

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Ideal for anyone looking to self-cater and preferring an apartment-style accommodation with the added touch of epic water views. And, ensure to book a Premier level apartment if you’re keen on the views as these come with a private balcony.

Free WiFi is available throughout the property. There’s complimentary off-site parking available nearby, and there are a myriad of restaurants in the immediate vicinity with many cuisines catered for.

And, if you’re joining any of our recommended Bruny Island cruises from Hobart, the hotel has the added benefit of being less than a minutes walk from Franklin Wharf!

Read our full report here.

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BUDGET – Bay Hotel Apartments Review

Formerly known as Woolmers Apartments, Bay Hotel Apartments offers budget accommodation for large and smaller groups.

The hotel’s 36 rooms include studio-double, studio-twin, two-bedroom, along with self-contained apartment accommodation – all situated in Hobart’s harbourside suburb of Sandy Bay.

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Each apartment has kitchen facilities, free off-street parking, cable television and WiFi. Continental breakfast packs are available from Reception for a minimal cost, and a coin-operated laundry service is offered to guests.

Approximately 2km from Hobart’s city centre, the hotel is just a short car ride away from restaurants, antique shops and craft stores. A safe and clean option, Bay Hotel Apartments wins our pick of budget accommodation for your stay in Hobart prior to heading out on any of our recommended Bruny Island safari tours.

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Final Words

Cape Bruny Lighthouse
Just a tiny slice of the stunning views from the Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Bruny Island is a great slice of the world and even if you just have one day, you can discover this little island paradise for yourself. Any of the Bruny Island tours Hobart options here should give you a great experience. Enjoy!

We hope you found this guide to the best Bruny Island safari tour options useful! If you would like to stay longer on Bruny, you can find our full guide to Bruny Island things to do here, our guide to getting to Bruny Island here. or read more guides to southern Tasmania here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.