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Friday 24 April 2015

A rustic getaway on beautiful Bruny Island

Bruny Island, the island off the island state, has built a formidable reputation as a gourmet getaway destination. There is so much to see (and eat) that Bruny is well worth a day or two of leisurely exploration.
If you are looking for affordable accommodation that is clean, comfortable and well-situated then All Angels Church House, a former church converted into a comfy cottage that boasts a log fire for winter warmth. 

Tucked away off the main road at Lunawanna, South Bruny, overlooking Daniels Bay, All Angels is a lovely base from which to explore. 

Built in 1912, this former church boasts a rear extension which sleeps up to five people, making it ideal for families or two couples. 

Features include original cathedral ceilings, a claw foot bath and that cosy fire, which is needed as Bruny gets chilly during the winter months.

Guests will find an HD TV, CD player/radio, DVD player, electric heating, washing machine (washer/dryer), hair dryer, miicrowave and electric blankets.

Bruny Island is the same size as Singapore, but while around 4.5 million people populate the Asian city state, less than a 1000 live permanently on Tasmania’s fourth-largest island, which lies just a 30-minute drive and 15-minute ferry ride south of Hobart. 

It’s the perfect escape from big-city blues with limited mobile phone reception, wildlife, beautiful (and deserted) beaches and dramatic scenery. 

There are several cafes on what are effectively two islands joined by a narrow isthmus and several excellent self-catering accommodation offerings. 

Gourmets will be in their element here with smoked fish and yummy dips from the Bruny Island Smoke House, a selection of fabulous cheeses from Bruny Island Cheese, fresh oysters from Get Shucked and even wine tastings at Bruny Island Premium Wines, Australia’s southernmost vineyard. 

There is good food to be found at the Hotel Bruny, too, and the local Bruny Island cider is worth sampling. 

Bruny Island Cruises offers award-winning coastal voyages while there are several excellent walking trails. 

All Angels Church House, 4561 Bruny Island Main Road, Lunawanna, Bruny Island. Book through Bruny Island Escapes: (03) 6293 1271.

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