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Saturday 12 March 2016

New path for the Bruny Island Long Weekend adventure

Bruny Island has long been regarded as one of the treasures of the Tasmanian tourism industry; pristine but easily accessible, dramatic but not too challenging. 

Now tourism industry group The Great Walks Of Tasmania (GWOT), which runs several of the state's leading guided walk experiences, has expanded to include the award-winning Bruny Island Long Weekend experience under its umbrella. 

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Ian Johnstone, the group chairman and the man behind the mould-breaking Maria Island Walk, said: “GWOT brings together our leading walking operators to collaboratively promote Tasmania as a global walking destination.”

Tasmania has long been recognised as Australia’s top destination for walking and the opening of the Three Capes Track - and now the addition of the Bruny Island Long Weekend - adds to the range of experiences on offer.

“There is such a demand for high quality, authentic experiences and The Bruny Island experience brings an exciting new dimension to the Great Walks group which describes itself as '300 of the most beautiful kilometres on earth'," Johnstone said. 

"The eight member walks cover all corners of the state from the Tarkine, the east coast, the south-west wilderness, the alpine Central Highlands and now Bruny Island. Each member walk is different and yet all are acclaimed for their expert guides and customer service."

The Bruny Island Long Weekend treats small groups of eight guests to spectacular coastal walks, produce direct from the source, luxury camping and exquisite meals prepared by two friendly guides.

Owner and Bruny Island local Robert Knight says: “What makes our trip so special is access to Bruny’s lesser-known gems. We explore Bruny Island in intimate detail in a way that the average visitor cannot.  We jokingly call ourselves a calorie-neutral tour and aim to strike a balance between exercise and indulgence.

“After traversing headlands from where the next stop is Antarctica we can take you to meet a local oyster farmer who’ll shuck you an oyster as pristine waters swirl about your ankles; or drop in on a neighbour’s farm to collect free-range pork. 

"Our food miles are so low that in most instances, you will see where your food is produced on the same day that you eat it. You may even have met the person who made it.”

The Bruny Island Long Weekend adventure begins at the Hobart waterfront with a boat trip to Bruny Island with the elegant wilderness camp is hidden away in a superb location adjoining South Bruny National Park. There is a wilderness cruise on the final day of the three-day experience.

Knight says Bruny Island is "like a microcosm of Tasmania – all of its goodness in a bite-sized version; shucked oysters, cliff-hugging walks, pinot noir, wildlife and heritage, empty beaches and far-flung lighthouses.”

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