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Bruny Island

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To the south of Hobart, Bruny Island is two island land masses joined by a narrow isthmus, 100 kilometers long in total and covering an area of 362 square kilometers.

The island is a popular tourist destination due to its spectacular coastal scenery and quaint villages.

The island is often visited as part of day trips, however, many stay overnight and there are several small settlements on both in the north and south of the island which can provide accommodation  and food.  In addition to the wildlife and great scenery there are many other things to do including a cheese factory, oyster farm, vineyard, smokehouse, the Cape Bruny lighthouse, museum and art gallery. 

The Neck Bruny Island Towards Adventure Bay
By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) [CC BY-SA 2.5 ], from Wikimedia Commons
Cape Bruny Lighthouse (22796056806)
By Stephen Edmonds from Melbourne, Australia (Path towards) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The Cape Bruny Lighthouse is located on the southern end of the island. The lighthouse was first operated in 1838 and was continuously manned for 158 years – the second longest surviving lighthouse in Australia.

Bruny Island Ferry Mirambeena 2008-01-02
By Andrew Chalmers [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The island is accessible by ferries that leave from Kettering and arrive at the very north of the island almost hourly from 6.30 am to 7.15pm,  365 days of the year.

Eudyptula minor Bruny Island
By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) [CC BY-SA 2.5 ], from Wikimedia Commons

In addition to a host of bird and plant life, the island is a home for fairy penguins who can be found nesting in the coastal areas.

The Friars - Pennicott Bruny Island cruise (33529847280)
By Takver from Australia (The Friars - Pennicott Bruny Island cruise) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Bruny Island (33786483461)
By Takver from Australia (IMG_0287) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Beach Bruny Island
By Reinhard Dietrich [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Rock pillars, Bruny Island (26226780051)
By Norton Ip from Hong Kong (IMG_3614.jpg) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

In addition to many beautiful sandy beaches, the island has spectacular coastal formations that can be seen via cruise boats.

CSIRO ScienceImage 11265 View towards South Bruny

The view looking south over the narrow isthmus that connects the two parts, North Bruny and South Bruny