Saturday, 4 July 2020

A special taste of Bruny Island

As Tasmania reopens after lockdown, tourism operators are planning different offerings and post-Covid-19 treats.

Some island state attractions, including highly-respected Hobart eatery Franklin and Ilha in Cygnet, might have closed for good but there’s still plenty to keep future travellers busy.


One of the places I reviewed just before Covid hit, Free Spirit Eco Pods on Bruny Island is offering guests a special post-pandemic gourmet gift with every booking.

Free Spirit has partnered with biodynamic and organic “funky neighbours” to offer organic vegie boxes freshly harvested from their farm. 

Guests also receive their own Snug barbecue pack sourced from a local gourmet butcher, as well as a bottle of either Tasmanian wine or warming spiced-mulled wine, Bruny Island chocolates and ‘oversized’ marshmallows to toast.

My tip: Enjoy a glass or two of mulled wine while fishing for flathead from the shoreline.

Just down the road is Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Co, which also can ship its chilled boxes of artisan cheese anywhere in Australia.

The company has assembled all manner of Tassie gourmet goods for dispatch, from pickled walnuts to apple cider vinegar.

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