Just off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania lies one of Australia's most well-preserved wildnernesses – that also happens to be a serious foodie hub. Bruny Island is accessible by ferry or cruise across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and once you get ashore, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where and what to eat. Frequent flyer and chef Hayden Quinn shares his favourite spots on this little island off Australia's little island.
Where to stay: Hundred Acre Hideaway
“Spend your time at this retreat soaking away in the wood fire-powered outdoor hot tub looking over the valley (the water for the tub is all-natural springwater from the property). This spot is magical, set at the foothills of Mt Mangana you’ll feel like you are the only people in the world. Hosts Jen and Phil will make sure you are well looked after and know the whole island intimately – ask them for the best spots to eat, swim, surf and explore.”
Best surfing spot: Cloudy Bay
“Cloudy Bay – but bring your wetsuit. The water gets chilly in Tassie but the crowds are minimal and the southern ocean ensures good-quality swell year round. Using the toilet perched on the headland is a real treat – a one-way mirror gives you a spectacular view back over the bay!”
Best lunch spot: Get Shucked
“For lunch slam down a couple of oysters at Get Shucked oyster farm. They don't come fresher or better than this!”
Best snack stop: Bruny Island Baker
“The amazing bread cooked up by John the Bruny Island Baker. All you need to do is find his honesty box on the corner of Sheepwash Road and Bruny Island Main Road. You can't miss it – John stores all his bread in a couple of old fridges. You never really know what you’re going to get but generally there is a good selection of wood-fired sourdough breads. It’s an honesty system so have some coins handy and grab a loaf.”
Where to drink: Bruny Island Cheese Co.
“Enjoy a beer and cheese pairing at Bruny Island Cheese Co. I love the dark beers here; something about the rugged weather in Tasmania and then the warming hearty dark beer that goes so well with cheese.”
Watch Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn on Qantas Inflight Entertainment from 1 April 2020.