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Join us on this exciting journey to Bruny Island staying at the spectacular Shearers Quarters.

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Bruny Island Sojourns, a collaboration between Epicurious travel and internationally renowned Melbourne Architect John Wardle and his wife Susan, offers the chance to not only explore the natural beauty and culinary delights of this spectacular island, but to stay at the award-winning Shearers Quarters and Captain Kelly’s Cottage on the Wardle’s North Bruny Island property, “Waterview”.

It all started on the Northern Territory’s Larapinta trail, nearly 3,000kms from Tasmania. In 2014, architect John Wardle and his wife Susan walked the Larapinta trail with Epicurious travel. Not only that, it was apparent that Jennifer, Epicurious travel’s Director, delivers the highest level of service in all aspects of the tour, from restaurant quality food and wine to wonderful walking routes, experienced guides and the touches of luxury Epicurious travel is renowned for.

Since his experience on the Larapinta trail, John sought to collaborate with Jennifer to produce a unique tour in Tasmania staying at his family home on North Bruny Island.


Waterview and The Shearers Quarters

Set on private farmland overlooking Patrick’s Bight and Mother Hayles Bay, Waterview is an historic farming property on land first granted to Captain James Kelly in 1820. The 440-hectare property is a working sheep farm that has been operated by the Wardle family since 2002.

The Shearers Quarters is located on the site of the old shearing shed that was destroyed by fire in the 1980s. The building sits next to the historic cottage originally constructed by Kelly, which has now been restored with dramatic contemporary additions and includes the Wardle’s collection of ceramics, textiles and art works.

In 2011, Waterview won the Greening Australia Award for Sustainable Agriculture in Tasmania. In many ways, Waterview represents a return to the Australian vernacular – it is inherently more sustainable than many contemporary forms of construction. The Shearers Quarters received The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture in 2012 at the AIA National Architecture Awards, Villa of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore and in 2015 was awarded the James Blackburn Triennial Prize at the AIA Tasmanian Awards.

More recently Captain Kelly’s Cottage received the Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage (Tasmanian Architecture Awards 2017) and the Alexander North Award for Interior Architecture (Tasmanian Architecture Awards 2017).

Bruny Island Environment

Bruny Island is home to some of the most beautifully preserved natural environments in Australia. With its wild seascapes and sweeping surf beaches, rich maritime history, abundant bird and wildlife, tall forests and historic lighthouse, Bruny is a veritable paradise of natural beauty. It has an abundance of indigenous birdlife, marsupials and marine life. Whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, sea lions, sea eagles, albatrosses, cormorants and gannets can be seen in their natural environments.

Our Bruny Island Sojourns includes walks on trails around Waterview and exploring Cape Elizabeth National Park.

Supporting Tasmanian Producers

For a small island, Bruny delivers significantly in the culinary stakes. Like much of Tasmania, the local produce is exemplary, making this part of the world a great culinary destination. Here you will find some of Tasmania’s finest gourmet treats including cheese, fresh oysters, handmade chocolates, berries and Australia’s southern-most vineyard all showcasing the best produce on the island.

During the tour, we will visit some of the producers on the island, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy tastings and collect ingredients for our picnic lunches. Our culinary delights will range from dining on delicious local produce at the Shearers Quarters, a rustic barbeque by our private beach and much more. Fabulous food and wine is synonymous with Epicurious travel journeys and Bruny Island offers the perfect opportunity to deliver this with fresh local produce as a focus.

Par Avion Extension

There is also an optional extension tour with Par Avion to the South West Wilderness World Heritage sites of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Here you will take a trip along the Melaleuca Inlet, see the remote Celery Top Islands and walk in the wilderness, giving you an opportunity to experience this untouched landscape at the outer edges of the world.

Images are courtesy of Trevor Mein.

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Jennifer Wilkinson Owner / Director

Jennifer has a life-long passion for food, wine and travel. Following a successful career in economics and industrial relations, she left…

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