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How to Get to Bruny Island With A Rental Car

Overlooking of Wineglass Bay Tasmania

There is a reason why Bruny Island is fast becoming Tasmania's premier holiday destination. It is a highlight for foodies, and a must-see for any avid hikers. Make sure you try the locally-produced cheese and wine. The winery at Lunawanna is particularly popular. For visitors who just want to enjoy the scenery, head to Truganini to see the view of the Neck (pictured above). While you are at the Neck Game Reserve, see if you can spot any of the resident fairy penguins. 

The island has a number of beautiful beaches. Cloudy Bay is known for its surf, with the area playing host to the Bruny Island Surf Classic. Don't forget to stop by the second oldest extant lighthouse tower in the country in Cape Bruny. 

Bruny Island features many beautiful attractions. There are the beautiful beaches of Dennes Point, the popular surfing area in Cloudy Bay, and the second oldest extant lighthouse tower in the country in Cape Bruny. 

How to get to Bruny Island by car?

Road going to Bruny Island in Tasmania

If you frequently rent cars, you will know that taking your vehicle on a ferry is generally not permitted. However, at Bruny Island there are some exceptions. Avis and Budget allow their vehicles on the ferry without the need for written approval. It is a good idea to check with the individual depot whether they allow ferry-travel, as this can be unique per depot. You will need to advise the counter staff when you pick up your rental car that you intend on taking it to Bruny Island. 

The ferry departs from a town called Kettering, which is about 30 minutes drive outside of Hobart. You can pick up your rental car at Hobart or at Hobart Airport. A car is the best way to travel across Bruny Island. The ferry operates seven days a week, year-round. You can check their  official website for the timetable and prices. The vehicle ferry takes about 20 minutes to cross the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island. 

Important information

  • Much of Bruny Island is gravel road. You will not be permitted to take your rental car off sealed roads, meaning you will not be able to access more remote, north parts of the island. 
  • Rentals are subject to approval from the local depot. In poor weather conditions, you may not be permitted to take your vehicle to the island. 
  • The best time to visit Truganini Lookout and Penguin Rookery is between September and February.