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About 70 km in length and 30 minutes south of Hobart, Bruny Island can be casually driven around in a day. With access by a 15 minute passenger-vehicle ferry from the small village of Kettering, the island offers plenty to see and do for the visitor.

The original inhabitants were the Nuenone Tribe, who are the ancestors of our Tasmanian Truganini. Under their last chief Mangano, the Aborigines from this region have always worked in harmony with those appointed to conciliate with them.

Evidence suggest that Europeans discovered Adventure Bay in 1642. Abel Tasman when searching for the Great South Land, sighted the east coast landfall, but was unable to land due to gale-force winds. More than 100 years later, Captain Cook and fellow explorer Furneaux sailed close, but it was Furneaux who followed Tasman’s charts named Adventure Bay (after his ship). Captain James Cook eventually landed here in 1777.

There is the small private Bligh Museum at Alonnah which has much of historical interest for the visitor.

Check out our listing of Bruny Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Bruny D’Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre

Bruny Island Attractions

Whale Watching
May - July / September - December
Whale watching is a popular pastime with whales being seen between May and July, and September and December. Both humpback whales and southern right whales travel past Bruny Island, with some stopping to take shelter in Adventure Bay. On occasion, other whale species including the pygmy right whale, minke whale and the orca can also be spotted as they migrate past the island.

More information about Whales and Whale Watching in Tasmania.

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Bruny Island Tours

TAS ToursOutback  • EcoAdventureNational Tours

Bruny Island Charters
• 915 Adventure Bay Rd, BRUNY ISLAND TAS 7150 • Ph/Fax: +61 3 6293 1465 • Email
Welcome aboard the multi-award winning Bruny Island Charters cruise.

Let us take you on a journey to one of the world's best kept secrets just minutes from Hobart. On your day with us you will be completely immersed in the environment around you. Find yourself in awe as you sit at the bottom of towering sea cliffs among the tallest in the southern hemisphere. Drift up close and listen to the awesome "Breathing Rock", and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean.

You'll be kept busy watching the natural wildlife around Bruny Island. Animals such as dolphins, white wallaby, Australian Fur Seals, Albatross, Shearwater, along with an array of spectacular bird life are all part of each trip. This truly is Adventure Eco-Tourism at it's award winning best!
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