Adventure Bay

Bruny Island, Australian Geographic

Adventure Bay is the primary town on largely undeveloped Bruny Island, a peaceful retreat for many Tasmanians with its striking landscape untainted by excessive tourism. The island is more accurately two islands joined by a narrow isthmus. On one side the coast is pounded by the waves of the Pacific, and on the other it is gently lapped by the waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. After a long Aboriginal occupation, Europeans discovered the islands. Captain Cook's interaction with the Aboriginal people was largely amicable, but the sealers who subsequently came to Bruny decimated the population. Of those who survived, Truganini is the most famous. Memorials dot the island, standing as stark reminders of the grim past amid the spectacular scenery.

Visitor Information

Bruny D'Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre, 81 Ferry Rd, Kettering; (03) 6267 4494

Nearby national parks

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

Nearby towns

  • Dover

    Dover lies beside the waters of Esperance Bay and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, with the imposing figure of Adamson's Peak in the background....more

  • Kettering

    The area around Kettering, in the state's south-east, was first explored in 1792 by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, after whom the surrounding...more

  • Cygnet

    Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915...more

In Town

Eco-cruise Arguably one of Tasmania's greatest attractions, this 3 hr cruise takes in the seal colonies, penguins, dolphins, humpback whales and abundant birdlife in the area. It focuses on the ecological and historical nature of the coastline. The tour leaves from Adventure Bay daily; bookings on (03) 6293 1465.

Morella Island Retreat: hothouse, cafe and gum tree maze.

Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration: constructed from handmade convict bricks and housing displays of island history.


Bushwalking Bruny Island is a bushwalker's delight. At the southern tip is South Bruny National Park with stunning scenery and several tracks. Labillardiere State Reserve has a vast range of vegetation including eucalypt woodlands, shrublands, herblands and wildflowers. The rainforest at Mavista Falls is another breathtaking spot, as is Cape Queen Elizabeth. Check with visitor centre for details.

Truganini memorial:  Truganini is considered to have been the last full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian. She was the daughter of the Chief of the Bruny Island people. She died in 1876. Boardwalk and lookout; on isthmus between islands; 11 km N.

Birdlife: little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters on Bruny's ocean beaches.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse: second oldest lighthouse in Australia (1836); South Bruny National Park via Lunawanna; 29 km SW.

Beaches: many good swimming beaches (details from visitor centre); Dennes Point Beach on North Bruny has picnic facilities and Cloudy Bay (turn left at Lunawanna) is a magnificent surf beach.

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 53 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 31 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more

Mount Wellington Walks 52 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Salamanca Market 53 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 53 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Tahune AirWalk 57 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more

Diving in Fortescue Bay 57 km

One of the most coveted Tasmanian diving experiences is through the towering kelp forests found along areas of the east coast. These plants can grow as much as a metre a day, reaching heights of nearly 50 metres in some... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 57 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Bruny Island Cheese Co

People often remark that Bruny Island is an old-fashioned place where things are done the way they’ve always been done. It’s therefore the perfect place for an artisan cheesemaker to perfect his craft with... Find out more

Get Shucked Oyster Farm

Great Bay on Bruny Island is a place you drive through rather than a destination in itself, but there’s one good reason to stop. Oysters. The roadside van at Get Shucked farm sells fantastically fresh Pacific... Find out more

The Hothouse Cafe

Like the lifestyle on Bruny Island, this place is unpretentious, casual and relaxed. It overlooks the Neck beaches and from its vantage point there are panoramic views all the way to Mount Wellington. Grab a table under... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 52 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Neck Reserve camping area 7 km

The Neck is a narrow, sandy isthmus joining north and south Bruny. Halfway along it is a must-see lookout with 360-degree views, and at night the sand dunes below come alive with penguins. The camping area is sheltered... Find out more

The Pines camping area 11 km

This sheltered camping area is a popular spot for surfers attracted to Cloudy Bay’s beach and point breaks. It is very small, so campers have to take their chances finding a site. While surfing is the main... Find out more

Cloudy Corner camping area 11 km

At the far end of Cloudy Bay, this isolated campsite is accessible only to 4WD vehicles and involves driving 3 km along the beach at low tide. Camping is a short walk from the beach. The creek water must be boiled or... Find out more

Jetty Beach camping area 18 km

Behind the gentle curve of Jetty Beach, this camping ground among the trees is very popular – and deservedly so. Sheltered from the south-west, it faces a sandy cove with clear water, safe swimming, great... Find out more

Dover Beachside Tourist Park 25 km

This popular beachside caravan park has everything from cabins and campsites to wifi access, and it ticks all the boxes for family fun. The kids will love the playground and the sheltered beach across the road,... Find out more

Cygnet Holiday Park 30 km

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more

Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area 34 km

Beside the Esperance River, these forest campsites have fireplaces, soft, mossy ground and a babbling brook to lull you to sleep after your walk to Duckhole Lake or Adamsons Falls nearby. You will need to carry your gear... Find out more

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 36 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more

Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 39 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more

Gilhams Beach camping area 41 km

What this free camping area lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in magnificent surroundings. Dense green forest, white sand and crystal-clear water attract plenty of visitors in summer, but at other times you... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 33 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

White Beach Tourist Park 43 km

This popular, quality park is only 10 minutes from historic Port Arthur. The park has good facilities and large shady trees. It is very busy during holiday periods and bookings are required at these times.... Find out more

Port Arthur Holiday Park 50 km

This is a high-quality park with good facilities, close to the beach. The area is popular for surfing, fishing and bushwalking and is a good base for exploring the Tasman Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

970 Adventure Bay Rd

It’s no surprise this modern hillside beach house has acres of glass facing the ocean, because the 180-degree view over Adventure Bay to Cape Queen Elizabeth is superb. Leave the car and head off for a beach or cliff-top... Find out more

Adventure Bay Eco Village

Visited in the past by more than its fair share of maritime explorers – among them Abel Tasman, James Cook, William Bligh and Bruni D’Entrecasteaux – Adventure Bay is now a popular holiday destination... Find out more

Bruny Beach House

From the sun-drenched northern tip of Bruny Island, this modern glass-fronted house looks across the channel to the coast of Tasmania, which seems like a million miles away. Time moves slowly in the little holiday... Find out more

Poppies on the Beach

A few steps from the front deck of this A-frame cabin is a perfectly secluded beach, where the only other two-legged creatures you’re likely to meet are the local oystercatchers. Throw in a dinghy, a tyre swing, a... Find out more

The Tree House

The views from this lofty pole-top house are among the best you are ever likely to see. In the distance snow might be visible on Tasmania’s southern peaks, while before you the curves and coves of... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 23 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Fortescue Bay camping area 57 km

T/O 15km S of Eaglehawk Neck (L) or 4km N of Port Arthur (R)

Near the foreshore 12km east of the highway in a natural bush setting in Tasman National Park.

comments powered by Disqus