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“An amazing day of food and adventure.....”

Bruny Island Safaris
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Bruny Island Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour from Hobart Including Guided...
Ranked #1 of 18 Food & Drink in Hobart
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: MEET THE FOOD PRODUCERS, hear the stories and explore the many corners of Bruny Island. Bruny Island day tours, Bruny Island Lighthouse tours, Bruny Island Food tours, Bruny Island Sightseeing Tours and Bruny Island Overnight Tours. The only tour in Tasmania offering Lighthouse access in the South Bruny National Park. Eat your way around Bruny Island on a gourmet and sightseeing tour departing Hobart. Visit scenic lookouts overlooking Adventure Bay and Cape Bruny, and spot echidnas, white wallabies, birdlife and other wildlife. You'll taste the gourmet treats Bruny Island is famous for, from artisan cheeses and locally grown berries to smoked salmon, chocolates, nougat, fudge, cider and whisky on extended tours (small tasting fees may apply). With pick up and drop-off from your hotel included, along with the round-trip ferry and National Park entry, this is the ultimate way to experience Bruny Island's wild beauty and wickedly delicious gourmet food. Your tour begins with pickup from your Hobart hotel and a scenic drive to the pretty coastal town of Kettering, where your Bruny Island ferry departs. Enjoy the 15-minute cruise over to Bruny Island, then travel by air-conditioned minivan to the narrow neck of land connecting the north and south parts of the island, passing oyster farms and grazing properties en route. Your island tour begins with a private cheese tasting at Bruny Island Cheese Company. After this enjoy views from Adventure Bay lookout and the Hummock lookout, a significant indigenous site that's home to Truganini Memorial. Continue to Adventure Bay and stop for morning tea at the Bruny Island Berry Farm (Seasonal). Locally grown berry fruits are available in all kinds of ways here, including ice cream, pancakes, scones with jam and cream, strawberry and chocolate fondue, and berry cakes. Your tour continues along the Mount Mangana Trail, passing Cloudy Bay on the way to Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The Iconic Bruny Island Lighthouse is Australia's last vantage point to spot migrating humpback and southern right whales, and an important navigational landmark for ships at sea, and the oldest manned lighthouse in Australia. You will enjoy a group tour of the lighthouse and learn all about how it was built, climb the spiral staircase and see the original working prisms, before stepping out onto the balcony for the amazing coastal views elevated 114m above the sea. Feeling hungry by now, stop at Hotel Bruny for a wonderful lunch featuring local Tasmanian and island produce, including locally caught fish, and Tasmanian beef and lamb. The afternoon is all about nature and more food, with stops at Get Shucked super fresh oysters (Oyster tasting) and Bruny Island House of Whisky. Walk off your indulgent lunch and tastings on a short stroll along the beach and through Bruny Island's pristine rainforests keeping an eye out for echidnas, white wallabies, wildflowers and the island's unique birdlife. Later in the afternoon enjoy the round-trip ferry to Kettering, we drop into a gourmet ice-cream producer and stop off for a chocolate-making presentation and tasting at Nutpatch Nougat Chocolates before returning to Hobart, exclusive to Bruny Island Safaris (Not always available). Try our overnight and private Bruny Island tours and enjoy some Bruny Island short walks, maybe some jetty fishing and wind down at your cabin with a glass of local wine and cook up your catch. A proportion of our proceeds are donated to Wildcare for the upkeep of Light Stations around Tasmania, for the care and maintenance of the lighthouse stations and surrounding environment volunteer programs and groups operating on islands containing lighthouses and other lighthouse stations around Tasmania. Tour founder Craig Parsey grew up on many lighthouse stations around Tasmania, including the Cape Bruny Light Station. Knowing many of the last light keepers in Australia, Craig's family experience and stories will enhance your day on Bruny Island. Our Promise. - Guaranteed Lighthouse Tour - High quality friendly tour guides with at least 3 years guiding experience - Our top guides have or do live on Bruny Island - 5 Star tour rating and safety record - Quality food experiences - We listen to your requests - Airport drop offs if required - Hobart pick-up and returns - Comfortable late model Toyota coasters and hiaces - Clean buses - Fun tour - Rugged Sea-cliff coastlines and beaches - Temperate Rainforests - The best chance to see white wallaby - The best island sights and lookouts
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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“An amazing day of food and adventure.....”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

During our first family trip to Tasmania I had already had my mind made up to take the Bruny Island Safari even before the family set foot on the Apple Isle... not only am I am self-confessed foodie but so too is my husband and our kids have been raised to appreciate food. I am really not sure what the family actually thought I was obsessed that we were going.....


From the minute we were picked up from our designated location, our tour guide Scotty made us feel welcome. Once everyone booked was onboard and accounted for the fun began. From important local information, important history, quirky facts and the humorous stories of his past experiences and adventures we made our way from Hobart to Bruny Island. More importantly he made us all interact and get to know each other by involving us all in conversation.

The places that we visited for tastings were amazing... the Bruny Island Cheese Company, our first stop, got the tastebuds rocking and of course we purchased some of the amazing cheeses that we sampled. Scotty soon realised why the Murray family came prepared with an esky!! The Bruny Island Berry Farm was very interesting and we were amazed at the amount of berries that Graham was growing although sadly January isn't berry season. The morning tea was delish especially the freshly baked scones served with jam and cream. A necessary purchase of "Jostaberry" jam was made. Lunch was also a treat, local produce and freshly caught fish served at Hotel Bruny - the staff were friendly and very helpful. Not only was the lunch yummy, so was the Tassie wine and we came away with some souvenir wine glasses.

Next stop was Get Shucked - fresh oysters. I like oysters, couldn't really say I was a fan... but that was before today. I now have a new found love of oysters as does my 15 year old son who has never eaten one. He not only tried the tasters but went into the shop and purchased two massive oysters, one for him and one for his dad. I do believe an oyster monster has been born!! Get Shucked also make their own Homemade Worcestershire Sauce which is delish. Needless to say 2 dozen oysters and a bottle of sauce made their way into our ever filling esky.

A quick stop waiting for the ferry to return the local store was interesting and also boasting the use of fresh local produce. None of us were hungry, trust me we hadn't stopped eating all day but the lure of the Wallaby Pie was too good to resist. Yes we purchased and ate and enjoyed.

Our last stop was Nutpatch Nougat Chocolates was a hidden treasure.... I definitely felt like "a kid in a candy shop". The chocolates produced were amazing, the tasting of different chocolate was amazing and we left privileged with the fact that we had a bag full of these perfectly crafted little masterpieces in our possession.

Besides the food.... yes we did take notice of the beautiful scenery rich in history and wonder. Resolution Creek, where Captain Cook came to shore which also had squeaky sand that was so soft to walk on, Cape Bruny Lighthouse and it’s museum, the National Park, the Rainforest, the wildlife including the white Wallabies and all the coastlines were magnificent.

For such a small island amazingly our day was full of much more than expected and we had a fantastic time. For our first "foodie" adventure we had the best time and today has definitely been a highlight of our Tasmanian holiday.

Finally I have to say, and my family will agree, Scotty - you rock!!! You made our day so memorable, enjoyable, relaxing and very exciting. Not your average tour guide that's for sure - there was never a dull moment even though you filled our heads with information and made our imagination run wild. It was a pleasure to meet you and spend the day in your company. We all extend our thanks to you for an incredible day.

Jo, Noel, Ollie and Alex Murray

Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Day tour of Bruny Island”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Aaron our tour guide was warm, pleasant and a real font of local knowledge. Incredibly, we were his maiden tour group of the island but his prior guide experience had us convinced he was a veteran of Bruny. The trip around the island was highly enjoyable and Aaron made sure the day started well with scones to die for. I can't recommend highly enough the oysters or the raw milk cheese. I'm already in a state of agitation wondering when I'll be able to indulge again.
As mentioned in Victripper's review there was helicopter action - it was as if the planet's had aligned and made the day unforgettable.
Will be back for more insanely delicious Bruny yummies asap.

Visited January 2014
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“Fantastic day out fantastic guide”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

I can only echo the other reviews . We were picked up at our Motel on time and greeted by our guide Craig and introduced to the others on the trip .Craig s enthusiasm and knowledge was excellent and being a Native Tasmanian certainly added the extra touch on several of the attractions we visited .This isn't your ordinary tourist type tour,most of the venues (the chocolate factory Oyster factory and berry farm ) are all small local hand picked businesses and a pure delight to visit .the beach opposite the Berry farm is an undiscovered paradise (see pics)
A fair bit of the journey is on gravel roads hence "Safari" and if you suffer from any back problems then i would suggest you think twice before booking ,i haven't and enjoyed the winding track up to the light house where our guide used to live and the views are stunning .On our trip back to eat lunch we were informed by Craig that there was a Helicopter offering rides at $50 a person for a 10/15 min flight around the bay .needless to say my wife 2 adult kids and myself took him up on this for the experience of a lifetime ,and boy it was awesome .This isn't on most trips it just depends when its working in the area but at a third of the price for a ride in the UK you have to do it !!! we still managed lunch on the hoof after the flight and took in the rest of the trip with a big smile .
I can only praise Craig and the tour company for what was the highlight of my brief stay in Tasmania and wish i could of stayed longer.
Definitely a 5* from our family

Visited January 2014
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“Take this excellent tour - it's absolutely worth it!”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

It wasn't just the unexpectedly beautiful weather that made this such a great day. Bruny Island is beautiful in its own right and this tour was a great way to see a lot of the island, from the Berry Farm and Cheese Factory to the lighthouse, the smokehouse and oyster shucking. Our guide, Aaron, was impressive - he had great knowledge of the area and of Tasmania in General and made everyone in our group of nine feel very welcome.
We were rushed a few times due to circumstances beyond his control (the ferry waits for no bus, and sometimes berry pancakes take longer to cook than you might imagine... But they're yummy!) but we still fitted in almost everything. In fact, some of our group got to take a 10 minute helicopter flight from the Bruny Hotel (after yummy crumbed scallops; lunch is included in the cost and orders phoned in ahead) - just random chance that one was there and keen to take some groups up for a small fee (this is NOT part of normal tours!) We even saw a white wallaby, despite the sunny nature of the day. We were one of two groups out with Safari Tours, as it was peak season, and we did have to wait a while on the way home for the other group to buy their chocolates at the Nutpatch chocolates at Kettering. However, all was forgiven when we met the chocolatier, Giovanni, who explained the art and science of chocolate-making and gave us one of his crème brûlée chocolates. He was really engaging, and the chocolates and nougat are of international quality. Booking the tour was easy, as was checking details over the phone, we could not have seen and done everything had we travelled on our own; so glad we chose this tour!

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Highly Recommend!”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

A wonderful tour with a wonderful and passionate host! Scotty, thank you for making this a relaxing yet beautiful experience! The island is beautiful and the food stops along the way are great aswell!! The scones at the Hot House Cafe!... To die for! Delish! The tour and history info is great too & Scotty is a great guide! Friendly and in small groups is best! I think we spotted one white Wallaby so that was a bonus highlight for me! Otherwise and overall a good food tour of a beautiful landscape!

Visited October 2013
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