Honeycomb Cottage, Bruny Island

Short term rental, Adventure Bay, Bruny Island

studio exteriorSituated at Adventure Bay on Tasmania’s stunning Bruny Island, this hexagonal chalet is the perfect retreat for a single person or couple seeking peace and tranquility in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.


studio bed 3Bruny Island is accessed by car ferry from Kettering, south of Hobart. For more details check the Bruny Island ferry website.


The self-contained chalet is in the homestead grounds of the historic farm of Mavista. There is an open plan living area with kitchen, woodstove, dining and sleeping facilities and an en suite bathroom/laundry facilities.

There are many spectacular locations to visit on the Island, including the Neck – climb the stairs to the Truganini Lookout and pay your respects to the first Bruny Islanders, the Nuenonne people, including Truganini, her father, Mangana, her sister, Moorina, and her husband, Wooreddy.

Visit the Bligh Museum in Adventure Bay and learn about the explorers who visited Adventure Bay but did not ‘discover’ it, because it was never lost in the first place. Abel Tasman sailed past the Bay in a storm in 1642. He tried to make landfall but was blown out to sea. Tobias Furneaux followed Tasman’s charts in the Adventure, after being separated from James Cook’s Resolution in a heavy fog, south of the Antarctic Circle. He spent five days ‘watering’ and ‘wooding’ here in 1770. Cook visited the Bay on his third voyage of exploration in 1777 and presented the Nuenonne men and boys with medals and ribbons. William Bligh visited Adventure Bay in 1788, shortly before the famous mutiny on the Bounty. Bruni D’Entrecasteau visited in 1792 and 1793, and Baudin in 1802.

You can also visit Two Tree Point. The blue gums that explorer Lt. George Tobin painted in 1792 could well be the same trees that grow there now.

Explore the South Bruny National Park and visit the Cape Bruny lighthouse. Do a gourmet tour of the island, visiting the Cheese Factory, the Oyster Farm, Chocolate Factory and Berry Farm. Enjoy a counter meal at the upmarket Alonnah pub. You can also check out the art galleries and restaurants on the island.

Watch for shearwater and fairy penguins at the Neck at dusk. From Adventure Bay you can walk to Penguin Island and see the historic remains of a whaling station. Fish any time of year. In summer you can swim, surf, dive or snorkel.

Take a Southern Ocean cruise out of Adventure Bay to the seal colony at the Friars, off Cloudy Bay. Watch for dolphins, whales, albatross and gannets.

Enjoy the birdlife of the farm, including striated pardalotes, robins, wrens, swallows, flycatchers, firetails, cuckoos, brown falcons, the domestic chook and the ‘turbo chook’ (native hen). Rare and endangered sea eagles and wedgetail eagles occasionally visit the farm. Meet the wallabies which graze the farm at dusk – you may be rewarded with a glimpse of a rare white wallaby.

Prices start from $125 a night, minimum of two nights. Discounts are offered for longer stays. Discounts may be offered to writers during winter months, if the cottage is available. To request further information, or make a booking, please use the contact form on this website or ring 0420 224 704.

For more information about Bruny Island, check the official visitors’ guide.


One thought on “Honeycomb Cottage, Bruny Island

  1. Congratulations on both the launch of your blog site and EcoTales Anne!

    With respect, just one tiny thing….pardalote is spelled with an ‘a’ and when it comes to birds, I believe we are supposed to write their names as follows upper case for the genus and in lower case for the species except where otherwise
    Striated pardalote.

    I decided not to write this up on Facebook!

    What about a writers workshop???

    All the best for continued success and a big hug!

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