Down The D'Entrecasteaux Channel To Bruny Island

In 1792, the ship of the French explorer Bruni D'Entrecasteaux graced the shores of Hobart. During his time there, he began charting and naming various local natural features, including bays, rivers, and islands. As he bid farewell to Tasmania, he left behind a poignant legacy. A particularly significant island off the coast of Tasmania and the channel connecting it to the mainland were both bestowed with the name of the admiral himself. Curious to know what they are? Say 'hello' to the incredible Bruny Island and the enchanting D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

In this blog, we delve into the scenic channel that Bruni D’Entrecasteaux named after himself. Don’t worry; the island will pop up somewhere too. But first, let's dive into The Channel, as the locals affectionately call it.

Connecting The Best Of Two Worlds

As we mentioned earlier the D’entrecasteaux Channel connects (or separates, if you're a 'glass is half empty' person) Bruny Island to Hobart, located in the south-east of the mainland of Tasmania. On one of the Bruny Island cruises, you’ll be able to witness how the landscapes change as you sail down the channel. 

As you move away from the picturesque township of Hobart, the pristine coastline gives way to the breathtaking wilderness of Bruny Island. Rugged, intimidating cliffs will tower over you. The juxtaposition of Bruny Island's undisturbed wilderness and the mainland's picturesque towns creates a visual spectacle that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Wild And Wonderful Encounters

The D'Entrecasteaux Channel is separated from Storm Bay and Tasman Bay by Bruny Island. It also flows into the Derwent River, making the channel a sheltered waterway. As you sail down this channel, you will spot colonies of seals. There's truly nothing cuter than seeing these adorable creatures peacefully slumbering, floating effortlessly on their backs. The Channel is a hotspot for such wild and wonderful encounters.  

Colony of seals near the D'Entrecasteaux Channel

Look out for cute little penguins, enchanting black swans, and wrecks of seabirds. If you’re lucky, you may spot pods of dolphins too. The designation as a Shark Refuge Area, coupled with restrictions on fishing for skates, or rays other than elephantfish, contributes to the thriving marine life in this unique ecosystem.

Bruny Island's Bounty

Like Bruni D'Entrecasteaux's first and last names, Bruny Island and  D'Entrecasteaux channel are inseparable; we simply cannot have a conversation about either of them without mentioning the other one.

Bruny Island 

Undoubtedly, Bruny Island is considered as one of the best places to visit in Hobart, and for all the right reasons. With its untouched landscapes, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife, the island offers a glimpse into the unspoiled beauty that defines Tasmania. Explore the rainforests, climb the breathtaking cliffs, and witness the ebb and flow of the Southern Ocean from Bruny's rugged coastline. Bruny Island tours are definitely a one-of-a-kind experience! 

Oh, and the food here is something else. From the renowned Bruny Island Cheese Company to the succulent Bruny Island oysters, your taste buds are in for a treat – or better yet, a feast!

So, when you visit Hobart next time, make sure you go on a Bruny island cruise, just to explore the beautiful D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Trust us, from the  wonderful waterways to the rugged cliffs to the succulent oysters, every moment on this journey would be etched to your memory forever. Who would not want that, right?