If you're staying in Tasmania and looking for an idea for a day trip, how about Bruny Island?
Bruny Island lies off the south-east coast of Tasmania. To get to this little paradise, cross the D'Entrecasteux Channel by ferry.
Spend the day exploring its wild seascapes and sweeping surf beaches, abundant birdlife and wildlife, tall forests and historic lighthouse. Surfing, kayaking, even fairy penguins, the island has so much to offer. You can be as mild or as wild as you like.
All that exploring can make a girl build a pretty big appetite and guess what? The island is home to some of Tassie's finest quality produce including wine, oysters, fudge and of course, cheese!
One of my favourite reasons to pay a visit to Bruny Island is the Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Bruny Island Cheese Co was started by Nick Haddow, after he spent 10 years working with specialist cheese makers all over the world. His cheeses are heavily influenced by his travels and for him, cheese making is a pursuit of integrity and flavour.
For me, it's all about the flavour. Mouthwatering!
They produce a big variety of delectable cheeses. From The Tom (cow milk, simple, fresh), to the O.D.O (marinated in olive oil and herbs), to the affectionately named The Bastard (cow and goat milk, delicate and robust all at the same time).
My personal favourite is the Otto. It's a fresh cow cheese, wrapped in prosciutto and made in the Italian style. It has to be baked for 15 minutes before eating. Delicious served with a glass of wine.
The team at Bruny Island Cheese Co run monthly workshops so that you can go along and learn how to make some of their famous cheeses, as well as great breads, pizzas or even hand made butter.
Alternatively, grab a bottle of Pinot from Bruny Island Premium Wines, stock up on cheese and fresh sourdough bread and enjoy the island.