Parnella Accommodation is fully accredited
Comfortable and well appointed.
Main bedroom with Queen sized bed.
Bedroom 2 with extra long double bed.
Relax in the spa.
Dining and lounge
Established and private garden
White wallabies visit at dusk.
White wallaby and joey at Parnella…
Marine Conservation officers tag whales in
Secluded beaches on Bruny - perfect for…
A bird lovers paradise.
Sunset at The Neck
Only a few minutes walk to the beach.
Spectacular coastline experiences.
Bruny Island sealife.
Quiet and secluded
Our friendly gardeners!
Early morning at Parnella
Sunset at The Neck.
Our geese playing chicken!
Sunrise at the ferry terminal
Mt Wellington from Bruny Island
Parnella Adventure Bay is a well appointed and secluded country cottage, located in a tranquil and private setting only a few easy minutes stroll to Adventure Bay beach. Featuring abundant wildlife and birdlife, Parnella Adventure Bay sleeps up to four people.
Parnella Adventure Bay features:
Parnella Adventure Bay makes the perfect holiday getaway for young families keen to take a break away from city life and allow their children to experience what life used to be like. You can find out more about our suggested activities in the region by looking for our Parnella Accommodation page on facebook
If you are thinking of coming to Bruny and would like to spend some time exploring the d'Entrecasteaux Channel, Huon Valley and Hobart regions, consider staying at our sister property in Kettering. Only 30 minutes from Hobart, Parnella Kettering offers private and comfortable garden cottage accommodation for up to 6 people.
Kettering is the mainland terminal of the Bruny Island ferry, and Parnella Kettering offers a delightfully secluded studio cottage for singles or couples and a two bedroom Garden House with spa bath. Parnella Kettering is only 30 minutes drive from Hobart and just a few minutes drive to the Bruny Island Ferry Terminal. We offer a comfortable and convenient retreat from which to explore the d'Entrecasteaux Channel region and Bruny. Ask us about our special package deals which include nights at both Bruny and Kettering.
Find out more by searching on Stayz for Parnella Kettering, Kettering, Tasmania or the property ID 116781.
Adventure Bay is on the eastern side of Bruny Island and offers some spectacular scenery. Parnella Adventure Bay is a few minutes walk from the beach and is a two storey cottage with the bedrooms on the first floor. The living room, dining area and kitchen are on the ground floor along with the bathroom, spa room and separate loo. The cottage is fully equipped with most of the things that make a special holiday that little bit more special.
Special things about Bruny and places we like to go
If you've never been to Bruny Island before you are in for a treat. However, don't be tempted to think that you can see and enjoy everything this special part of Tasmania has to offer in a day or even two. Bruny is best savoured slowly ... dawn walks in the bush surrounded by a symphony of song. Dusk on a lonely beach. Exploring sheltered coves and just absolutely indulging yourself in the tranquility this island has to offer.
It's not all about relaxing. Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay both offer fantastic surfing opportunities in the right conditions. Bruny also has some great locations for kayaking and mountain bike riding. Bring your boat and enjoy some of the best fishing in Tassie. There's over 300kms of roads on Bruny and some of them are 4WD only. Forestry Tasmania has several roads that run over the highlands in the south and are definitely worth traversing. Spectacular views towards Cloudy Bay are breathtaking on a clear dawn in Summer.
Many people ask us what there is to do on Bruny and we're very pleased to answer "not much"! We like to relax but if you want to have a more active holiday there are several amazing bushwalks on the island, a fantastic eco boat cruise, Australia's southernmost vineyard (with pretty good wines), terrific fishing and diving opportunities, some really amazing surfing, an excellent cheesemaker, a first rate providor and smokehouse, highly regarded oyster farm, lovely beaches, quiet bays and, of course, prolific wildlife.
We discovered Bruny 25 years ago and, even all these years later, every time we disembark from the ferry at the terminal on the island we are immediately filled with a sense of peace and excitement. Even a weekend here leaves us feeling ready to face city life once more.
Bruny does have a tragic past and you may find places on the island where there is a deep sense of sadness. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this place and we try to walk and live here respecting their heritage and their passing.
Favourite things for us to do include evening walks on the beach at Two Tree Point, summer picnics at Cloudy Bay beach, and reading the newspapers over a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast in the garden at Parnella.
Absolute essentials to bring include your camera and a pair of binoculars, good walking shoes, a warm jacket and a sense of adventure. Bruny has a lot to offer and adventure rewards the prepared.
Wherever you go on Bruny no matter what the time or the weather always carry a camera. It's hard to take bad pictures here and all too often we've experienced turning a corner to be presented with a breathtaking moment only to realise we left our camera at home.
If you're not into photography carry a sketchbook or even a notepad and pencil to capture the special moments you're bound to experience here.
Bruny is also rich with a culture of art. There is a wide range of artists living and working on the island. Try to seek them out - you're bound to find work that strikes a resonance with you.
FAQs and Guest's Comments
Frequently Asked Questions about Parnella Adventure Bay and Bruny Island
Is it ok to drive my hire car over on the ferry?
You will have to check with your hire car company. There are some rental companies which have a total ban on their vehicles being taken to the island. It is worth checking out Bargain Car Rentals in Hobart -
Why should I choose to stay in Adventure Bay over other parts of Bruny?
All parts of Bruny are beautiful ... it really depends on what sort of holiday you want. Adventure Bay offers the broadest range of facilities on the island with fuel, an ATM and general store all in close proximity to our cottage. Although we are close to amenities, our cottage is very private and quiet. The southern part of Bruny Island tends to be more lush and green compared to the northern part and Adventure Bay itself has a diverse range of coastal features including sheltered and safe swimming beaches and top surfing spots.
Do you include breakfast in the tariff?
Light breakfast provisions are available for an additional $25.00 per couple for two mornings whilst our self-cook options are $35.00 per couple for two mornings. For stays longer than two nights we recommend that you bring your own provisions with you. Freshly baked bread is available most mornings from the Adventure Bay general store.
What would you recommend in the way of things to do and see on Bruny Island?
There really are a lot of attractions available ... ok, so it's not Disneyland and it really is very quiet but you will have a fantastic holiday if you get out and explore. Must sees include Cape Bruny and the lighthouse, Cloudy Bay, Adventure Bay, Dennes Point/Nebraska Beach and Allonah. Must do's include at least one bushwalk ... we'd recommend Grass Point in Adventure Bay for an easy walk continuing the loop around to see Fluted Cape for the more energetic. Labillardiere Peninsula walk is amazing!!!! A visit to the Cheese Factory, Oyster Farm, and a Bruny Island Cruise will all leave you with a smile on your face. There are a couple of art galleries, one in Adventure Bay and one in Dennes Point, that are both worth visiting.
Bruny Island seems a bit remote ... is it safe?
Bruny Island is an island and it is remote in the sense that the ferry only runs until around 7:00pm. That's part of the romance of coming to stay on Bruny ... its remoteness but close proximity to Hobart ... so near and yet so far! As far as safety goes we recommend to our guests that they exercise caution when venturing into the more remote parts of the island, especially during the summer. Mobile phone coverage is limited and there are some parts of the island where there is no coverage at all. Although the island is half the size of Singapore, there are only around 600 permanent residents. We suggest that you drive carefully especially between dusk and dawn, carry plenty of water with you if you are going bushwalking, carry sunscreen and wear protective clothing in the heat of the summer and it could be a good idea to leave a note at the place you're staying, especially if you are heading out on a long bushwalk. There is a 24 hour medical centre on the island and an ambulance. In an emergency patients are evacuated by helicopter to Hobart. There is a pharmacy but we recommend that guests bring all medication that they may require for the duration of their stay.
Parnella Adventure Bay is a great place to stay on Bruny Island. Don't just take our word for it ... read these comments from recent guests:
1/7/2013 - "Such a wonderful spot. Thanks so much for having the place so warm and snug for when we arrived! Only wish we could have stayed longer." Katie and Mark, Hobart.
18/6/2013 - "Thank you so much! Was a beautiful and relaxing stay. We shall be back" Cody and Synjon.
12/6/2013 - "Dear Jonathan and Sue ... so glad we took your advice to spend an extra day at Parnella and Bruny Island Much care has gone into Parnella Cottage and we enjoyed and appreciated a home away from home! I am a home body and this little cottage has been a joy and comfort!!!! Thank you." John and Joan, Victoria.
10/6/2013 - "Thank you for a magical holiday. We arrived in the dark to be greeted by a Boobook owl on the front gate and wallabies by the deck. Beautiful to wake up in the morning and see our lovely cottage and surroundings. A real slice of paradise! The island has so much to offer - Cloudy Bay (on a cloudy day), the lighthouse, Grass Point, fresh oysters and cheese ... the list goes on. Would love to return someday." Jen, Phil, Kirralee and Jasper, Victoria.
5/16/2013 - "Parnella has been a much needed retreat. Clean, comfortable and well stocked. We loved the spa bath!! Special shout out to your sheep. They are so cute and full of personality. This adventure has made me hopeful that one day a place like 'Parnella' won't just be a holiday but a lifestyle. Thanks for everything." Suze, Tasmania.
2/6/2013 - "We've had the most amazing time ... thanks so much for having us here. Bruny Island and Parnella will forever be very special to us." Kristina and Mal, Tasmania.
26/5/2013 - "I chose this place because of the rave reviews - cleanliness and comfort. and I was pleasantly surprised that they were justified***. Definitely one of the best kept secrets in Tassie. Thank you!" Monica, Brett and Wolfgang, Tasmania.
21/5/2013 - "A wonderful stay at a first class cottage. We will be back" Sally and Alida, Tasmania.
24/11/2012 - "Nice to relax in such a wonderful setting. Fell asleep in the garden listening to nature - just what my body and soul needed. Highly recommended." John and Joan, Victoria.
23/11/2012 - "Wow what an amazing place. We came here with our 15 month old son hoping to relax and that is exactly what we did. Ollie loved the wallabies, sheep and geese and especially enjoyed feeding them every morning. Parnella is a particularly magical place on a beautiful and stunning island. We shall definitely be back as we really don't want to leave! Thank you for the comfortable and clean accommodation and for making us feel welcome." Victoria, Shannon, Ollie and the Bump! Queensland
10/11/2012 - "What a treasure trove waits for visitors to Bruny Island. So much to do and see; friendly islanders, absolutely amazing scenery, beautiful flora and fascinating wildlife. Highlights for us were: a half day tour with Tonia from Inala, the Bruny Island Cruise, many walks and of course the lovely comfortable accommodation at Parnella." Mick and Jan, Vitoria.
23/9/2012 - "We had a wonderful weekend at this gorgeous cottage. Love the attention to detail and the animals and birds. The garden looks like a Spring paradise." Leah and Pontus, Tasmania
20/9/2012 "Thank you! We have had three wonderful days on Bruny Island. Just loved it all, especially the cottage. Can't wait until we return." Kris and Darren, Launceston, Tasmania
26/8/2012 "Another wonderful stay. The garden is looking great ... so many daffodils!" Sarah and Damon
16/8/2012 "Your little house was perfect ... we enjoyed ourselves very much. Thank you Jonathan for the little special extras.We loved driving around the island, gathering up the oysters, cheese, smoked salmon finished off with fudge." Felicity and Michael, Melbourne.
Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking
- DVD player, Stereo
- High chair, Cot
- Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave
- Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
- Airconditioning, Spa Bath, Heaters
- Washing Machine
- Non-Smoking, Parking