If you happen to be driving around the south of Tasmania, you might want to make a detour to Bruny Island. A short hop on a car ferry will deliver you to an island of magical coastal landscapes, surf beaches and hiking trails.
Once you get there, make sure you check out these four wonderful things to do on Bruny Island.
1. Visit Cape Bruny Lighthouse
The 13-metre high stone lighthouse perched on the southern tip of Bruny Island is Australia's second oldest. It was designed in 1836 and has kept its old-timey colonial air. Set above towering cliffs, this scenic spot is a must-visit while you're here.
Make your way up the wrought-iron stairs to get the full impact of views out to sea, and imagine what life would have been like for a lighthouse keeper in this corner of the world all those years ago.
2. Walk around the Labillardiere Peninsula
The windswept isle is perfect for walking, especially when the winter climes give the place an even wilder feel. The track around the Labillardiere Peninsula is a five-hour circuit in the South Bruny National Park. The walk will let you explore one of the more remote corners of the island, with spectacular views of the Southern Ranges. The track isn't difficult, so it's suitable for a range of ages and fitness levels.
3. Spot wildlife
Bruny Island is sparsely populated – by humans, that is. There is an abundance of wildlife on the isle, including penguins, echidnas and mutton birds. This is one of the best bird-watching destinations in Tasmania, so make sure you take your binoculars. All 12 of the endemic bird species in Tasmania call Bruny Island home, so keep an eye out for pink robins, grey goshawks and swift parrots.
On the rocks around the island you might spot fur seals basking in the sun, or dolphins playing in the water further out to sea.
4. Swim at Adventure Bay
With a sheltered bay and a sandy beach, this is one of the most popular swimming spots on the island. One of the largest townships on the island is nestled on the edge of the bay, so after a day of swimming or relaxing on the beach, you can dine in one of the local cafes while enjoying the sea views.
On your way to or from Bruny Island, you may want to stop somewhere to shake off the winter chill and enjoy a good meal. Mood Food is Kempton is the perfect place, with hearty food served up in a cosy atmosphere. Stop by to say hi and tell us all about your trip to Bruny Island!