Six Courses on Bruny Island

Words and Pictures by Kimiko Wilson

Oysters and Pinot Noir in Bruny Island

Hopping on the vehicular ferry from Kettering, a twenty-five minute drive from Hobart, we had boarded the food tour bus with empty bellies excited for what the day was going to bring us. We were headed for Bruny Island.

An island known for it’s beautiful wildlife and beaches as well as its farms and insanely fresh foods. The first stop, also our first course for the day was the Bruny Island Cheese Company. We tasted a selection of cheese with a shot of the local beer that brews in the same vicinity. A not so normal but super delicious way to start the fresh morning.

The sun was creeping higher and the heat was starting to glaze. We were off to our second stop, and probably my favourite stop, the Get Shucked Oyster farm. Here we were greeted each with half a dozen or more of the creamiest and plumpest oysters that had come across my palate to date.

The oysters were quickly consumed before we hit the road again for our next stop, morning tea at the berry farm. We checked our watches, still in the AM and we’ve already indulged on some of the finest and freshest foods. The berry farm was beautifully overlooking a pristine beach, a view I had never seen from a farm before. The berries full of sweetness paired well with the dollop of cream and my flat white coffee.

During the drive to the next stop, we were extremely lucky to spot a rare white wallaby, a unique feature of Bruny Island’s infamous wildlife. Around 300 of these albino wallabies are said to be on the island but usually hard to find. After trying to take photos of more wallabies, we made our way to the Bruny Island Winery.

This was the main meal – our lunch with a glass of one of  it’s vineyard wines. I chose the Salmon, another of Bruny Island’s best creations and the glass of Pinot Noir.

A perfect combination to fill my already full belly.  The winery restaurant was in a nice wooden shed next to the vineyards, which we later walked out to take a look and digest our meal. I was pretty satisfied with all the food we’d eaten, although our last two stops was the chocolate and whisky place and that I knew was going to be a nice finishing touch.

Off we went again in our mini bus towards the small chocolate shop that served us decadent caramel fudge and chocolate honeycomb pieces. A couple small pieces and I was hooked, I couldn’t resist buying a small container of some fudge to bring back home. Now to the last stop, whisky tasting.

We were in a bit of a hurry to make sure we could catch the 5:00pm ferry back to Kettering but we needed to taste some of Tassie’s finest whiskies.

We tried a nice but strong single malt that definitely gave my tastebuds another kick of flavour. As someone that is more and more liking the taste of whisky, I found it a bit harder to drink.

Maybe it was the heatwave that was coming through that made it a bit of a challenge, but nevertheless  it was nice to try some new whisky I hadn’t heard of before.

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The clock was ticking and it was time to head to the ferry terminal. It took about 5 minutes to get there and we were about 15 minutes early, there was a line of vehicles already lining up to board the ferry.

As the temperature was at it’s peak, we wandered off the bus while the bus driver waited in line.  To the right of the road was a cherry farm.

Fresh cherries were available and although we had indulged in so much already, it was hard to say no. The cherry season was coming to an end and it was the best time to try them out.

We bought a 500g bag and ate the cold and juicy cherries as we overlooked the nice scenery of Bruny Island. What a day it had been, a day full of some of the best foods I’d had in Tasmania.

A food tour that really pinpointed every meal and drink we had consumed. Then to literally put the cherry on top of the day with this spontaneous stop to the cherry farm on the side of the road.