A favorite weekend escape for locals, Bruny Island lies a short ferry ride from the picturesque town of Kettering, just 35 minutes’ drive south of Hobart. It boasts some of Tasmania’s most magnificent natural landscapes that provide a haven for rare and endangered wildlife species, as well as plenty of gourmet offerings.

Be sure to take in the sweeping views from the lookout at “The Neck” where little penguins can be seen scuttling to shore in the evenings at the rookery below. “The Neck” is an isthmus connecting the north and south sections of the island and provides an important habitat for native wildlife and birdlife.

Spend time visiting South Bruny National Park whose soaring cliffs intersperse with pristine beaches and coastal heathlands. There are a range of bush walks to explore, as well as massive kelp seaweed gardens for those interested in venturing below the water’s surface.

Don’t miss a visit to the Bruny Island Cheese Company to sample their artisan cheese and craft beer. Or head to the oyster farm at Get Shucked for a tour and tasting, with Bruny particularly renowned for these shellfish. The Cape Bruny Lighthouse is another highlight of the island, standing as Australia’s second oldest and longest continually staffed lighthouse.

Bruny Island can be visited as a day trip from Hobart or you can overnight at one of the many campgrounds or holiday houses that are available for rent. For something different, opt for an indulgent “glamping” experience complete with Bruny Island seafood and Tasmanian wines.