Since moving to Tasmania I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few friends visit me, admittedly there is very little to actually see or do in Hobart without transport so I often resort to going to the same places, eating the same things and drinking a lot of craft booze.
This past weekend a friend flew in from Melbourne and instead of treading a very worn path we booked a hire car and escaped the bright lights of Hobart for the quiet backroads and coastal views of Southern and Eastern Tasmania.
Our first stop was to be Bruny Island, a place renowned for delicious food and amazing views. After a slow start in the morning we arrived at the ferry terminal a few minutes after the ferry departed and, with an hour to kill until the next, hit the road again in search of coffee. Approximately 15 minutes drive from the terminal we found Grandewe Farm and Cheesery, a company that specialises in sheep milk cheeses and other sheep related products. We sunk into chairs on the deck with a leg ham and cheese toasty and sheep milk coffee and hot chocolate. After a few tastings and the discovery of a lot of sheeps poo on Justine’s shoe we headed back to the ferry terminal and headed to Bruny Island.
Our first stop on the island was Get Shucked, an oyster bar that is well known around Tasmania for having some of the freshest oysters around. We dived straight into it and ordered two serves of oysters, after devouring a 1/2 dozen of natural oysters we waited in anticipation of a 1/2 dozen of Oysters Kilpatrick and were not disappointed.
We jumped in the car again and less than 15 minutes down the road discovered the Bruny Island Cheese Company. Bring. It. On. We ordered a share platter of cheeses, some beverages and tucked into an array of hard and soft cheeses.
Completely sated we headed further south and made a quick stop at a very windy outlook where the two halves of Bruny Island connect. After climbing what felt like a hundred stairs we were rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the island.
Following the lookout we headed further down the coast to Adventure Bay Rd and ditched the car for a short hour long walk through the bush to a tip of Bruny Island that looks out to Penguin Island. The walk itself started on a beach and ended on another. It would be the perfect walk for a sunny day with bathers included. Definitely on the to-do list for summer 2016.