At the last minute we decided to rent a car for our stay in Hobart which meant a road trip to Bruny Island was in order.
Bruny Island is a small island off the south-east coast of Tasmania. It comprises North Bruny and South Bruny which are connected by a narrow isthmus. 100 kilometres in length, Bruny Island is deceptively large with the same land mass as Singapore yet with only around 620 inhabitants (as opposed to Singapore’s 5.2 million!)
Access to Bruny Island is by vehicular ferry departing from Kettering, around a half hour drive south of Hobart. The ferry trip takes 15 minutes, once you actually get on board the ferry. Arriving at the departure point we were deflated to see a huge line of cars in front of us. However we were lucky to be the second last vehicle on the ferry, avoiding a 45 minute wait until it returned to collect the next load of cars. It seems Easter Saturday is a popular time for people to make the trip over to the island.
Our day trip to Bruny Island included both North and South with visits to Bruny Island Smoke House (BISH), Bruny Island Cheese Company, Bruny Island Premium Wines and Get Shucked (have you guessed our trip was all about food yet?)
Bruny Island Beef Burger – From Hat’s Farm next door, served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, chilli jam and choice of tomato, BBQ or sweet chilli sauce ($15.00).
I was never planning on blogging about our Bruny Island adventures. But then we arrived at Bruny Island Premium Wines and spotted a menu featuring local produce. Wallaby, beef, lamb, sausages and a burger feature as mains on the Bar & Grill menu. The beef burger is made with beef sourced from Hat’s Farm next door and therefore my decision was made within about twenty seconds. A beef burger and glass of Pinot Noir, don’t mind if I do. The boys were quick to follow suit.
Ciabatta bun precariously balanced on the side of the tower, it was evident this would be a two hand burger. The first thing that caught my attention was the rich beef and a sweet onion scent in the air. I placed the lid back on and gave it a good squish to ensure I’d be able to get my mouth around the whole thing. Digging in through the thick, crunchy, slightly chewy ciabatta into the filling I was hit with an intense beef flavour, quickly following by a sweet, sticky chilli jam with a good kick of heat. Crisp lettuce leaves, deep red tomato slices, caramelised onion and slightly melted cheddar. All the ingredients for a brilliant burger.
Bruny Island Premium Wines 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir ($10.00).
Wine tasting the Bruny Island Premium Wines selection three of us were instantly attracted to the 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir. With a big bouquet and deep colour, the Pinot was a great match to the beef burger.
A cellar door with a bar and grill is my kind of cellar door. Overlooking the vineyards this was the perfect lunch on our Bruny Island adventure. Locally sourced and produced, full of flavour and affordable. You can’t go wrong with that.
Bruny Island Premium Wines
4391 Bruny Island Main Road
Lunawanna, Bruny Island TAS 7150
(03) 6293 1088
Bruny Island Premium Wines Website