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About Bruny Island

A wide shot of Bruny Island Beach against a cloudy sky

Bruny Island is only a short ferry ride away from the coastal town of Kettering, yet it seems a world apart. Owing to its dramatic landscapes, incredible produce and unparalleled views, Bruny Island is a bucket list destination in Australia.

The best way to explore Bruny Island is at your own pace. It's a place that begs you to slow down, take in the sights and smells, stop at little bakeries to sample homemade treats, dig into freshly shucked oysters and meet some of the friendliest people in the country.

  • SeaLink Bruny Island is the fastest and the most reliable way to get to Bruny Island. Drive down to Kettering, which is about 40 minutes south of Hobart and take the ferry to Bruny Island. The ferry departs every 20 minutes from Kettering between 6.10 am and 7.00 pm. Click here to view the ferry timetable.

    Click here to book your ferry tickets.

  • January is the hottest month on Bruny Island with an average maximum temperature is 23 degrees.

    July is the coldest month with a minimum temperature of up to 5 degrees.

    Bruny Island is a great destination to visit all year round. During summer, Bruny Island’s pristine waters is the perfect spot for a swim, snorkelling, fishing and kayaking.

  • Bruny Island was originally inhabited by the Nuenonne band of the Southeast tribe of Aborigines. Human history on the island dates to over 40,000 years.

    Bruny island was often visited by early explorers. In 1642, Abel Tasman was the first European Bruny Island. However, European settlement began when Captain James Kelly was granted land in North Bruny in 1818. Convicts helped in the establishment of a pilot station at Variety Bay and helped construct the Cape Bruny Lighthouse in 1836. More recently, the island was used for quarantine purposes, especially during World War I. For more information, visit BrunyIsland.org.