On the edge of the Southern Ocean lies Bruny Island. It’s a place of bountiful produce, rare wildlife, rainforest and windswept beaches. A “Long Weekend” on Bruny Island captures and epitomises the Tasmanian experience.
Our Vision is to create the perfect Tasmanian Long Weekend. We make no compromises to provide our guests with a short break that captures and epitomises the Tasmanian Experience.
Our Long Weekend’s are designed as an all-inclusive experience so you can leave your wallet at home.
The Long Weekend includes:
Approximately 5-6 hours walking
This morning you will meet your tour guides and fellow guests (maximum of 8) on the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. Step aboard your private boat and let the adventure begin with a cruise down the Derwent River to Bruny Island. Today our goal is to walk out to a spectacular cape on the east coast of Bruny Island.
On returning from our walk we will wade out into the crystal clear waters of Great Bay to learn how the famous Bruny Island oysters are farmed and shuck them straight out of the water. The perfect way to cool down after a walk!
Next stop; our camp. After a hot shower, join us in the dining house for a drink and to share stories of the day’s adventures as the guides busy themselves preparing your dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it.
5-6 hrs walking
Day two might begin with a gentle thumping past your tent. While the inquisitive wallaby isn’t your wake up call, his visit, or the promise of warm croissants might lure you from your crisp sheets to reunite with us at the rustic wooden dining table once more.
Today’s walk is East Cloudy Head for views of Tasmania’s far south and the wild Southern Ocean. The five-hour (14km) journey begins by walking the length of Cloudy Bay Beach. Windswept and beautiful, the walk then leads us into coastal heath and up toward spectacular views of Bruny Island’s rugged south coast.
Back at camp enjoy time to sit on the deck, walk among the ferns, partake in another lavish shower or simply read a book while your guides prepare the evening meal.
This morning you can choose a leisurely start or have some time to yourself and explore our 100-acre property and try to spot some of Bruny Island’s 150 species of birds (including all 12 Tasmanian endemics). Once we farewell camp, our goal is to climb through the ancient Gondwanan rainforest to the highest point of Bruny Island, Mt Mangana (4km, 3 hrs).
To finish your long weekend in style, Ray Jones at The Jetty Café’s deck will serve a multi-course lunch of Bruny Island produce as we await the arrival of our private boat on the beach below. There will also be some time to explore the gallery showcasing some of Bruny’s 60+ artists. The return boat trip to Hobart offers a scenic farewell to your adventure. Before you know it you’ll be back at the Tasmanian capital, likely wondering if the long weekend was one big thrilling daydream from your office chair.
A brilliant weekend – like staying with friends who happen to be genius guides and cooks
Bruny Island is a wonderful place, with forests, hills, beaches, calm coves and wild seas – as well as special food – but a lot of people are in on the secret. Rob’s amazing long weekend takes you in via the VIP route, with a private boat trip from Hobart which is amazing in itself. He’ll guide you on fine walks, show you the wildlife and plants, drop by friends for oysters fresh from the sea and then take you to a perfect bush camp, surrounded by forest. The tents are just the luxurious side of comfortable and the cabin and deck where he cooks up some stunning food is just the right place to relax. Name a fine Tasmanian wine and he’ll have it open before you can say ‘please’ – and all this for a fair price, away from the crowds. Two nights and three pleasant but never hectic days left us chilled, happy and wanting to come back. Just book!
From the moment we were picked up by the private charter at Hobart to the moment we returned three days later, we were looked after and given a great experience by Rob and Alex.
They ensured we had some wonderful walks along wild beaches and headlands (despite poor weather), and superb food, all locally sourced and cooked by them in the ‘dining cabin’ which was very cosy and convivial with a huge fire and lots of delicious wines to try. Our large beds were so comfortable it made camping a delight, easy going to sleep under canvass but being warm and cosy inside, listening to the night sounds and the wind in the trees.
We just finished the gourmet tour of Bruny with Rob from The Bruny Island Long Weekend. Wow, what a weekend it was. It’s cautionary to say it exceeded my expectations as it is exactly as described – but it did exceed them. As a virgin bushwalker I enjoyed the amazing scenery and exercise and loved the way Rob tailored the walks to the fitness of the group. As an avid foodie and cook, the meals were well thought out and presented beautifully in a bush setting. And as a lover of 5 star hotels, the “camping” was 5 star. Well done Rob, you are an amazing host with a unique travel product. I will be back. And Tom, our second guide, just a perfect fit. Thank you. Jo and Donna