A quick summary of places we visited on day 4 of our Tasmania road trip
- Bruny Island
- Bruny Island Cheese Company
- The Neck
- Get Shucked
- Tasmania Distillery (Sullivan’s Cove Whisky)
Our final day in Tasmania was jam packed with places we still wanted to visit. We got an early start to the morning and headed out to catch the ferry in Kettering over to Bruny Island. The ferry runs on a schedule that can be found here and their website also gives you the current pricing for a return ticket. Make sure to give yourself some time to get in the queue and be ready to drive on. If you arrive early, you have the opportunity to take in the picturesque marina, grab a coffee and something to eat from the café. We grabbed some coffee and muffins which were pretty tasty and waited in the car. (This may have resulted in some caffeinated silly selfie time).
Once the ferry arrived, they got all of us (there were a lot) on board in an impressively quick amount of time. When everyone was parked, we were allowed to get out of our vehicles. It’s only a short ride over to the island but it was nice to be able to stretch the legs and take in the view.
Once on Bruny Island, there is one main road to drive down so we knew we were headed in the right direction. Our first stop was at Bruny Island Cheese Company. I absolutely LOVE cheese. Seriously, we can’t keep enough of it in the house. So today was pure heaven for me!
Inside the shops cellar door, they have a free mini cheese tasting. During the tasting they give you some insights to the processes behind the scenes that create the delicious flavours you’re experiencing. After our cheese tasting, it was time for some lunch. We both ended up going with the grilled cheese sandwich. It included their TOM cheese, leeks and mushrooms on wood-fired sourdough bread that they make on site. And if you’re wondering, YES it was DELICIOUS! While placing the order for our sandwiches, we noticed that they also have 2 beers on tap – a pleasant surprise we could not pass up.
Somehow we both ordered the same thing again (not a usual habit of ours) the Oxymoron, a dark pale ale. I LOVED it! If you’re planning on stopping by for a visit, make sure to give their tasty beers a try! And if the cheese and beer aren’t enough to lure you over for a visit, look at the idyllic setting they have created at their cellar door.
After we finished up lunch, we drove further down Bruny Island to The Neck. With Brad and his broken ankle, I knew it would be a slow journey up all those stairs. But the view is well worth the effort.
At The Neck, there is a memorial here to a woman named Truganini. Australia’s history with their native people is pretty dark so it’s important to spend a minute reading about what happened. Take a minute to stop and read about her at over here.
The beach here by the Neck is a well known place to spot penguins at dusk and dawn. Next time we visit I plan to spend more time exploring the beach and surrounding areas. With Bruny Island being largely made up of National Park land, there’s heaps of walking trails to enjoy.
We then continued to drive beyond the Neck towards the bottom part of the island. Time however was not on our side. You see Brad desperately wanted to go try one more whiskey distillery in town as it had won awards in previous years. Since they were closing at 4pm we knew we had to start working our way back towards the ferry.
But, we could not leave Bruny Island without a quick stop at Get Shucked!
I’m still surprised with myself at how much I was enjoying these oysters in Tasmania. We devoured not one but TWO plates. Enjoyed with none other than my new favorite Moo Brew. If you have a chance to stop by you’ll get to experience just how beautiful it is to sit outside with a gorgeous water view while you enjoy your oysters.
While we were visiting Tassie we learned from one of the locals that the oyster industry had been hit pretty hard this year with an outbreak called POMS (Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome). The disease is deadly to oysters and kills them within hours of infection. It has caused the industry millions in losses and many people have been left without work. If you want to read more about the outbreak check out this article.
After our Oyster stop, it was time to catch the ferry and get back to the Hobart area.
It wasn’t long before we arrived at the Tasmania Distillery (Sullivan’s Cove Whisky). Like mentioned above their whiskey has won different awards for many years. Last years 2015 French Oak won best Australian Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards. Their most prestigious win though was in 2014. Their French Oak won The World’s Best Single Malt World Whiskies Award.
They were very lovely during our visit. Brad joined in on a tasting and then they gave us a tour of the facilities. Brad of course couldn’t leave without buying a bottle to take home. Which is now proudly displayed on one of our shelves.
We may have only had 4 days to visit in Tasmania but we managed to accomplish a lot. Finding cheap flights makes it really worth while to take an extra long weekend and visit an area you haven’t been to before. I can’t wait to go back and see what else Tasmania has to offer!
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