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||Less than 10kms|
|Moderate||15-45kms per day reasonably fit|
|Moderate / Hard||You choose. Go hard and fast or take longer and go at your own pace.|
|Hard||45km and more and you need to be fit|
*If you have any questions about difficulty levels, drop us a line here
Equipment and Safety
Tasmanian climate through the warmer months is superb, this is a good time to tour, also some of the finest adventures can be had during off peak season when you get much to your self, 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 have carry something warm, have strong boots, a hat, a ‘beany’ can be valuable as well. Keep an eye out for smoke, do not ride toward any bush fire. Ensure you wear appropriate reflective 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. An ‘On Call’ support system is available but- always have a mobile phone handy and call ‘000’ in case of emergency.
The Tasmanian weather can be changeable, if the weather is unsuitable for riding then we will need to make adjustments, Bruny Island Cycle Tours and Hire 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 the odd cool front come through, 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 arraigned 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 ride, 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 their own or combined with luggage transfer, accommodation, camp pre set and all with or without catering can lessen the load, choosing an e-bike 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.
Self Guided Tours
Bruny Island’s main road network is fairly straight forward, GPS Bicycle Navigation units can be hired, your phone may do it as well, other wise detailed maps can be provided, an on call support person is available, you can be collected or dropped off from virtually anywhere, you can book ahead to be collected from a particular place, extra fees may apply. 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 one of the Bruny Island web sites to arrange your own.
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.
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)|
|Barnes Bay||10||0.6 (35mins)|
|Cape Bruny||65||4 to 5|
|Cloudy Bay||53||3 to 4|
- Based on an average speed of 18 km per hour.
We can pre-book your accommodation at any level choosing known good places, alternatively go online and have a look, there are some fantastic places out there. There are 4 main camping areas, The Neck, Adventure Bay Caravan Park, Lighthouse Jetty Beach and Cloudy Lagoon, pre set camp site, food 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 e-bike?
You will usually recharge you e-bike at your overnight accommodation, if you decide to go wild and camp in the National Parks where there is no electricity, then the support of having a fully charged battery exchange delivery will be required (extra fee’s may apply), where this service is required the addition of luggage transfer and or preset camp is recommended.
Mobile Phone Reception?
North Bruny generally has good Mobile signal, South Bruny in places also has good signal, however on some of the more southern routes both Telstra and Optus Mobile Phone Coverage is poor to non existent.
How do I get to Bruny Island?
The Bruny Island Ferry departs from Kettering 100m from Bruny Island Cycle Tours and Hire. Kettering is approximately 30 minute drive south of Hobart, there is a bus service or collection from Hobart, collection from the Airport or your accommodation may be arranged. Ferry info- the ferry runs a regular service, cost for a bicycle is $6, only cash or paywave is accepted.
Can I walk up and hire a bike?
Yes, however it is advisable to book ahead, otherwise you might be in for 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.
Where can I recharge my e-bike on Bruny Island?
Generally you will need to recharge the e-bike battery each night at your accommodation. A charger is supplied with your e-bike. From total flat the batteries take approximately 3.5 hours to recharge and consume about 45c worth of electricity. You can top the batteries up at any stage, even plugging in for half an hour provides considerable extra range. 40 to 60km is generally the range a full battery will provide (depending on which bike and what power setting you ride it in) this distance is generally plenty for Bruny Island, however if you intend to do long days then you may need to top up the batteries while you have lunch along the way. Below is a list of places that will welcome you to ‘plug in’ while you enjoy lunch or stroll the Historic Quarantine Station. ForestVale – Café and Art, 79 Dillons Rd Alonnah, Fine Food, Views and Local Art. Hotel Bruny – 3959 Main Road Alonnah, the meals are unreal. Quarantine Station – 816 Killora Rd, Take a free (Donations) self guided tour of this Historic Site.