Head south of Hobart to discover great food, beautiful walks and diverse wildlife at these hotels on Bruny Island, Australia.
Sitting pretty just off the coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island is, in fact, two islands joined together by a narrow isthmus lovingly known as the Neck. Easy to get to from Hobart, the island is renowned for its wildlife; seals, penguins, echidnas and white wallabies call it home. Loved by foodies and sun seekers alike, its endless walking tracks and pristine beaches draw in a regular weekend crowd, but it’s a lush option for a longer break too.
Foodies flock to Hotel Bruny for its fresh, locally sourced seafood. As soon as you drop your bags at one of the various accommodation options offered by Bruny Island Escapes, make a beeline to the restaurant to dine on fresh oysters, the house-made seafood chowder and, for the curious, wallaby spring rolls. Chase it down with some local liquor – all wine, beer, cider and spirits served here are Tasmanian made.
In the heart of Adventure Bay on Bruny Island, Captain Cook Holiday Park sits neatly opposite a white sand beach. Pods of dolphins and migrating whales mingle offshore, best seen on a local eco boat cruise (an experience that can be arranged by the staff). When you want to rest your head, simply pitch a tent or book into its two-bedroom cabins or one bedroom villas and be lulled to sleep by the lapping waves.
A sun-drenched haven in a remote spot of Bruny Island, Mures Retreat is a luxury self-catering option. The two-bedroom retreat, fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, boasts glorious views and a huge spa bath. The Tasman Sea makes a fantastic backdrop, but be sure to bring plenty of food as the nearest convenience store is half an hour away.
A collection of four luxe properties, Adventure Bay Retreat has something for every party size. Fancy a sprawling abode fit with a stone clad wood burning fireplace? The Lodge is for you. Romantics should look to either the Cottage (with its private spa) or the Studio to sink into its freestanding copper tub. For a modern group getaway, it has to be the Lair, with its hot tub and sweeping views. Whichever accommodation you choose, you can upgrade to the gourmet package, which includes daily local breakfast, cheese tasting and a three-course dinner.
Set on 8 acres (3.2ha) of land, both of the ecofriendly Free Spirit Pods have excellent views across Quarantine Bay. Guests are given complimentary Bruny Island chocolates, and breakfasts come with free range eggs and hearty slabs of bacon. Chalky Point, with its scattering of aboriginal middens, is a short walk away. Alternatively, borrow the two-seater kayak to explore the area by sea; fishing rods are available too. For foodies, the pods are a short drive from the award-winning Get Shucked oyster bar and the Bruny Island cheesery.
Purpose-built to be environmentally sustainable, each of the apartments at 43 Degrees runs on solar power, and rainwater is harvested here, too. Both the Studio Spa and Spa Suite apartments are timber-clad and boast freestanding deep soak tubs. Surrounded by lush green bush, a short stroll will lead you to Adventure Bay beach, one of the most beautiful spots on the island.