Frequently asked questions

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Tour Grading

Bruny Island is deceptively large , being about 100km in length with road sections of paved (sealed), generally well kept dirt along with all manner of side tracks and trips. The Dennes point ride on one of the e-bikes still takes a reasonably fit person, however there’s no rush, there’s plenty of places you’ll want to stop. A short ride from Kettering along the beautiful Manuka road is a good way to get the feel of the bike, go on your own or book ahead to have a guide. Our tours are graded easy, medium and hard. With easy suitable for most people, medium suitable for reasonably fit people with some cycling experience and hard being for more experienced rider.

Cycling Tours Grading System

Easy Difficulty CyclingEasyLess than 20kms
Medium Difficulty CyclingModerate20-50kms per day reasonably fit
Medium-Hard Difficulty CyclingModerate / HardYou choose.  Go hard and fast or take longer and go at your own pace.
Hard Difficulty CyclingHard50km and more and you need to be fit

*If you have any questions about difficulty levels, use our contact form

Equipment and Safety

Enough water, a mobile phone and something warm are the three biggies!

Tasmanian climate through the warmer months is superb, this is a good time to tour, but also some of the finest adventures can be had during spring and autumn during the off peak season when you get much of the island to yourself, but no matter what time of the year it is, in Tasmania you need to be prepared for the possibility of a cold snap, make sure you carry something warm, have strong boots, a hat, a ‘beany’ can be easily stored but can be invaluable during cold weather. During the warmer months keep an eye out for smoke, do not ride toward any bush fire.

Ensure you wear appropriate visible clothing including reflective high vis cycling clothing, Bruny roads are generally quiet but you need to be easily seen. During poor light turn your flashing front and rear lights on. Some steep descents have sharp corners, maintain a safe speed. Don’t run off the road from being distracted by the views or looking at birds. Most cycling accidents on Bruny Island happen while descending a hill, be onto the brakes as soon as you start to descend, don’t let the bike build up too much speed before you start to brake.

An ‘On Call’ support system is available by contacting the Cycle Bruny Island base, always have a mobile phone handy and call ‘000’ in case of emergency. If in a poor phone signal area it may be necessary to get to the top of a hill to gain signal.

Weather

The Tasmanian weather can be changeable, if the weather is unsuitable for riding then we can make adjustments to your riding times, Cycle Bruny Island will do all it can to make it work pleasurably. During October through to March you can expect to get some wonderful riding weather, but you still can get a cold front come through, it can even snow on new years day.  It always pays to have some warm and dry clothing available. Forecasts are becoming quite reliable and during winter months you do still get some fine cycling conditions, especially if you’ve arranged for a fire to be blazing within your nights accommodation stop over.

What Tour Should I Start With?

It depends on your fitness and the bicycle you choose, if you intend to carry camping equipment and the essentials for an extended stay away from the mainstream, then you’ll need to be fit and experienced in both cycling and camping, day rides, on your own or with guidance or combined with luggage transfer, pre-arranged accommodation will lessen the load, choosing an eBike makes all the rides much easier.

Peruse through the ride descriptions and if you’re not sure, contact us for discussion or come to Kettering and take a short ride to get the feel of the bikes and decide from there.

Self Guided Tours

A basic map showing almost all of the roads and tracks on Bruny Island is provided with the bike hire, Bruny Island’s main road network is fairly straight forward, google maps on your phone is a great navigation tool if unsure or if you go off the main roads, otherwise Cycle Bruny Island can provide detailed maps. An on-call support system is included in your bike hire, also for a fee you can be collected or dropped off from or to anywhere, you can book ahead to be collected from a particular place.

Several SGT are set out in our mapping system, showing the routs, distances etc, and including accommodation and attractions along the way, we can pre book your accommodation, or you can go to the various web sites to arrange your own.

Our Rates

We offer a range of bicycles and equipment to make your ride as pleasurable and fun as possible.  Take the worry out of cycling by hiring from us.  We’d love to talk to you about your next group or family booking and can offer special deals.  See our prices here.

Our Hire Agreement

Bruny Island Cycles rental agreement and hire formThis is our Bicycle Hire Agreement form.  You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before hitting the road/trail with one of our bikes.  We are a friendly company.

Time and Distance

A handy reference that gives you an indication of how long it might take you to get to or from the ferry terminal.
From Ferry (Bruny Is) Distance (km) Approx Travel Time (hrs)
Adventure Bay  38 2.5
Alonnah  37 2.5
Barnes Bay  10  0.6 (35mins)
Cape Bruny  65 4 to 5
Cloudy Bay  53  3 to 4
Coningham Beach  13 1
Dennes Point  25 2
Lunawanna  43 3
Neck Campground  28 2.2
Neck Lookout 25 2
Snug Falls  13 2
  • Based on an average speed of 18 km per hour.

Accommodation

We can pre-book your accommodation at any level choosing known good places that our clients have provided us feedback about, alternatively go online and have a look, there are some fantastic places to stay out there. Also there are some good places to stay at Kettering before or after your Bruny Island expenience.

There are 4 main camping areas, The Neck, Adventure Bay Caravan Park, Jetty Beach and Cloudy Bay, food, beverage and luggage transfer are available.

Do I need a National Parks Pass?

If you enter any of Tasmania’s National Parks then you need a Parks Pass. Both Cloudy Bay and Jetty Beach Camping Sites are inside the South Bruny Island National Park. Fees are $12 pp per day or $30 pp for an 8 week Holiday Pass. See parks.tas.gov.au

Camping, where can I camp on Bruny Island?

There is no free camping on Bruny Island, Captain Cook Caravan Park offer grassy campsites through to Villas. 

The National Parks have unpowered Camping sites at Neck Reserve (no National Park Pass Required), Cloudy Beach and Jetty Beach (National Park Pass Required). Camping fee’s are $10 per single or couple and $5 ea per extra person, an on site payment box is provided.

How do I charge the battery on my ebike?

The batteries last a long time, for day rides it is unusual to run low on battery, the eBikes have an easy to use display which shows your battery use, it is easy to calculate when you need to turnaround and head for home to ensure you have enough battery. 

If you are traveling a long distance or on multiple day hire then a battery charger will be supplied with the bike hire, you can recharge over night at your accommodation or during your travels most places will allow you to plug in, from dead flat the eBike battery only uses about 30 cents worth of electricity to recharge, even just plugging in somewhere for half an hour will give you lots more range.

Mobile Phone Reception?

Optus and Telstra are the main providers for Bruny Island. North Bruny generally has reasonable Mobile signal, South Bruny in places also has reasonable signal but a lot of the South Island has poor to non-existent signal. In places moving around or climbing to the top of a hill will provide some signal, TXT’s are the most reliable. 

So don’t get yourself lost or be on your own and fall off in an area where there is no phone signal.

How do I get to Bruny Island?

The Bruny Island Ferry departs from Kettering, 30 minute drive south of Hobart. There is also a Metro bus service from Hobart to Kettering. Collection from Hobart, from the Airport or your accommodation may be pre-arranged, email or phone Cycle Bruny Island to arrange. Ferry info- the ferry runs a regular service, cost for a bicycle is $6, find the ferry timetable here

Can I walk up and hire a bike?

No, our business does not have a customer facing entrance.  All bikes are picked up and dropped off at the Kettering Ferry Terminal by prior arrangement.  You can call us but It is always advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Can I leave the bike at other locations other than the pick up point?

Yes, you can prearrange to leave the bike at other locations to our Kettering depot, fee’s may apply. 

You may also prearrange to have the bike and accessories delivered to other locations for collection, eg, airport, fee’s may apply. Bike delivery can be arranged statewide, fees may apply.

I’m from the U.S. what side of the road do I ride on?

All bike riding in Australia is on the left hand side of the road. It is recommended for the well being of your person and our bikes that you stick to the left hand side as much as possible.

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Read what people are saying about us

Google Reviews

EXCELLENT
25 reviews on
Andrew Gan
Andrew Gan
2021-04-05
These ebikes are definitely the way to enjoy Bruny island. Working out and enjoying every bit of what Bruny island has to offer. And to top it off, the arrangement and communication by Rob on organising the ebikes was a breeze. Highly recommend this.
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Mária Hradiská
Mária Hradiská
2021-03-23
Better late than never - In December 2020 we contacted Rob because we and our two bikes needed a last minute lift from Bruny Island to Kettering. Perfect and quick communication and arrangement, on-time arrival and very good conversation in a car! We really enjoyed his company. Highly reccomended!
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Warwick Dunbar
Warwick Dunbar
2021-01-18
Cycle Bruny Island's Rob Lord offers far more than bicycle rental: his services are best described as being looked after by an old friend. With Zen-like patience and kindness, Rob shares his local knowledge and equips you with Bosch mid-drive electric mountain bikes to see for yourself. We toured quiet unsealed roads and enjoyed spectacular vistas, with the bikes' motors flattening the hills. At the end of the day, Rob quietly takes delight in your experiences, and your plan to revisit Bruny Island begins to form.
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Jane Williams
Jane Williams
2020-12-30
Great experience. A beautiful ride along a quiet coastal road. The bike was comfortable and easy to operate. Everything supplied, including pick-up and drop-off. Rob's knowledge of the local area is extensive. A great way to explore Bruny Island or the Huon Valley. I'll be back soon.
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Jan Lord
Jan Lord
2020-12-21
Highly recommended. We decided to do a ride with Cycle Bruny Island as our Christmas catchup. Rob chose a quiet route for us so we could chat as we rode. He picked out a scenic spot for us to have a picnic lunch before we finished our ride in the lovely town of Cygnet. The bikes are great to ride and all other equipment is supplied. A most enjoyable day with exceptional service by Cycle Bruny Island. Thank you!
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Katie Ramage
Katie Ramage
2020-12-02
My partner and I had a great experience with Rob and the ebikes. Having only rung Rob the day before we planned to ride, he was super welcoming and very helpful to organise the two bikes for us. The bikes were in great condition and very easy to use with Rob making sure we were set up with everything we needed for a great day out on Bruny (bike introduction, helmet, map, bag etc.). Even with the weather cutting our day short, Rob went out of his way to meet us and pick up the bikes. Highly recommend Rob and Cycle Bruny. We just wish the weather had let us have more time with these awesome bikes, it’s a great idea!
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Jeffery Buckler
Jeffery Buckler
2020-12-02
Rob was a great help, dropping off and picking up the bikes at the park near the ferry terminal. Unfortunately the ferry was delayed due to wind, meaning we missed out on the trip over to the island. Despite this, the bikes were in great condition and comfortable over our short ride to and from the terminal. Rob was greatly helpful and didn't charge as we didn't get over to Bruny island. Greatly recommend if wanting to see Bruny via bike.
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Jean-Eudes Norlain
Jean-Eudes Norlain
2020-11-22
Perfect service, we hired 2 bikes in excellent condition and rode through Bruny Island. It was an memorable experience. I strongly recommend Rob, amazing guy!!
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Jacquie Bone
Jacquie Bone
2020-04-21
This is a brilliant idea. I caught the bus from Hobart and met Rob near to the ferry terminal. Rob is kind and helpful and showed me how to use the bike and provided me with the panniers, map, gloves and helmet. Due to having to catch the bus back the same day I could only use the bike for a short amount of time but it was well worth it as I was able to see things along the way that may well have been missed if I was driving a car. I highly recommend this as a way of getting round Bruny.
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Sophie Newby
Sophie Newby
2020-04-05
Fantastic service. Went out of his way to accomodate us and help us have a great day. Quality bikes that had enough battery for a full day of cycling around Bruny island (e-bikes). Definitely recommend.
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Trip Advisor Reviews

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16 reviews on
dazzlerange
dazzlerange
26. April, 2021.
E Bike testing on Bruny Island We hired a couple of e Bikes from Rob on short notice, he could not have been more accommodating and professional. Our aim was to spend a day riding e bikes to see if they would suit out retirement travel plans. The bikes were great, easy to use and fun. Rob took the time to give us valuable advice that will guide our future purchases and was flexible with our return plans. Bruny is a great place to visit and Rob and his business can make any visit an adventure.... Steve & Adelle
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David B
David B
14. February, 2020.
The best way to see the island! We hired 3 e-Bikes from Rob for 3 days self guided cycling around Bruny Island. Rob is really nice guy, he met us in Kettering and was there when we returned - I can whole heartedly recommend Rob and Cycle Bruny Island, everything was smooth, the bikes are really good quality and were all setup for us when we arrived. As an avid road cyclist at home, I can recommend the e-bikes ... the island is surprisingly lumpy, but the e-bikes made it a pleasure to ride. We ventured to Adventure Bay for the first night - there is a small shop that is well stocked for provisions, fresh meat and veg and groceries - no alcohol though, so you need to bring it in yourself. We bought a bottle of wine and some beer en route at the Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Company (although apparently you may be able to buy takeaways at the bowling club in Adventure Bay if it is open). We thought there was a seafood restaurant here but seems it closes at 3:00, at least it did on the day we were there. Second day we took a hillier route through Mt Midway Forest Reserve via Lockleys and Stafford Rds to Cloudy Bay. Everything we could find on this route online suggested that it is very difficult and steep. It is actually not too bad, the first 5 kms are uphill and the whole track is bumpy for sure but anyone used to a little mountain biking would have no issue. We had to push the bikes for a couple of hundred meters on a particularly steep bit but any competent mountain biker could probably ride the whole way - especially on e-bikes! Take a phone with Google maps though as there are many forks and logging roads which can be confusing. But it is a beautiful part of Bruny with magnificent forest that changes throughout. On the way back from Cloudy Bay, it is also worth dropping into the winery (Bruny Premium Wines I think it is called) - they also have an excellent range of ciders to taste and a first class cheese platter/ploughman's lunch (amongst other things I am sure). Further up the road, the Bruny Hotel also served the largest Chicken Parmigiana I have ever seen - no idea where the chicken came from but it was an excellent looking meal. It would seriously have fed all three of us - again not a bad spot to stop for refreshments! All up a really great time - cycling is definitely the way to go to see the island - and you certainly wont go hungry ... or thirsty!
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SydneyTraveller
SydneyTraveller
31. January, 2020.
Great e-bike tour on Bruny Island We rented two e-bikes from Rob to explore Bruny Island for one day. This really was the highlight of our entire holiday in Tasmania. There a very few cars on Bruny Island all of which have to access by ferry, so it is very safe to ride a bike on the side of the street while only a few vehicles will pass by every half an hour. We found that renting out bikes gives you so much more freedom to explore the island according to your own interests and at your own pace whereas the commercial tours will have set destinations (mostly shops and restaurants). One does need an e-bike to go about the island since the roads constantly go up and down so one would probably feel tremendously exhausted after a short period already when using a regular bike. The communication with Rob went smoothly, the bikes were set up and good to go when we arrived in Kettering and Rob expected us at the pier when we told him which return ferry we would catch in the late afternoon. We also got two chargers for the bikes and a small shop on the southern island fortunately allowed us to charge the bikes so everything went really well. We were provided with helmets and raincoats too. Rob is very dedicated and a very nice person. Overall, we were very happy with our booking and could not recommend the provider more, it was a fantastic experience.
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DianaMH23
DianaMH23
27. November, 2019.
Cycling Bruny Island What a spectacular adventure! We booked Rob’s ebikes as the island has quite a few hills and had a fantastic time. Rob advised us where to go for the best riding and even though we are usually road bikers we had no trouble adjusting to the mountain bikes and non sealed roads. The hills were a breeze and we r now converts to ebikes. We stayed 2 nights and even managed to fit in the Penticott cruise and saw amazing sea life. Thanks so much Rob for all your support.
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Janine G
Janine G
2. January, 2019.
Fantastic! Our family hired 4 electric bikes for two days from Rob and had an amazing time exploring Bruny Island. Rob was very organised, super friendly and helpful and his bikes are well maintained and we are definitely electric bike converts! They were needed though because Bruny Island is very hilly and I think we would have turned straight back around without them. Everything Rob organised went well including accommodation, ferry and the wilderness tour from Adventure Bay. Definitely recommend!
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kconingsby
kconingsby
24. March, 2018.
Cycling on Bruny Island Rob the owner of Cycle on Bruny is such a friendly and helpful guy. We had not been to Bruny Island before, but had done a lot of research and we theoretically knew there were a lot of hills! Well I was so thankful for my electric bike (even though my husband teased me). As you get off the ferry you are faced with your first challenge a 2km climb and the hills did not end there!! The bike does not do the work for you but it certainly helps. So I was able to ride and enjoy the scenery of beautiful Bruny Island.
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MalcolmandCarol
MalcolmandCarol
15. February, 2018.
Wonderful Cycling Trip to Bruny Island Easy to book online. Bikes are in the perfect location for the ferry to Bruny Island. There is parking at the hire location. Rob is such a nice man, friendly and helpful. You can chose your ebike and your ready to go. Would recomend an ebike as there are some hills on the island and if you plan a long ride it’s much more confortable with an ebike. The bikes are top of the range and were perfect for our ride. In 4 hours we covered about 40miles. On a bike you also get priority on the ferry. Absolutely the best way to enjoy the island.
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Cammie P
Cammie P
14. January, 2018.
Bruny Island Cycle Tours six of us aged between 70 and 10 hired electric bikes. The bikes were really comfortable, clean and of a very high standard. we did a beautiful 2-3 hour ride through the state forest behind Adventure Bay. Rob in his support vehicle was never far away if any of us had needed assistance. the whole experience was great value and comes highly recommended for people of all ages and riding ability
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clamchowder16
clamchowder16
17. November, 2017.
Excellent rentals and accomodating owner Rob was super nice and accomodating considering I went to Bruny by accident thinking the bike shop was over there. The bikes are top notch and the electric ones are very helpful for hills. If you're going to the neck then I recommend conserving some power in the flatter areas and cranking it to tour+ for the uphill. It's still a hefty workout. Thanks rob!
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Katyajay
Katyajay
7. November, 2017.
Absolutely Awesome Experience! We were a family of six with ages ranging from 10-64 and did a day tour on the pedal assisted bikes (which was awesome). The tour was great as we got to see the gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Rob really made the whole day a wonderful experience, especially the tastiest BBQ lunch. But most of all it was his patience, knowledge and friendliness that made this an awesome day! If you wanted to only hire the bikes it'd be worth it as the the bikes are well maintained and great quality!
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