Highlights of Bruny Island

A day of spectacular scenery, panoramic views, bird watching and wildlife spotting… and of course photography!

Panoramic seascapes | Pristine beaches | Rugged coastline
Tall eucalypt forests | Coastal heathland
Endemic birds and wildlife | Native flowers

Duration: 10-11 hours | Recommended departure time: 7.30am

An all-inclusive private tour
Private transport | Personal local guide |Fully-guided walks
Vehicular ferry fare National park entry
Morning tea | Picnic lunch | Drinking water
Photography hints and guidance throughout the day

Whether you are an avid photography enthusiast, a leisure or holiday photographer, or simply storing the images of the experience in your photographic memory – you will be sure to capture unique photos, not just snapshots.

This tour may be adapted into a more comprehensive tuition-focused experience.

A typical day…

Departing Hobart we travel south to Kettering and board the vehicular ferry to Bruny Island across the D’Entrecastaux Channel.
Arriving North Bruny we make our way south to Cape Bruny, site of Australia’s second oldest lighthouse and a spectacularly rugged coastline. On the way we visit ‘The Neck’, a narrow isthmus that connects North Bruny to South Bruny. The surrounding scenery is sure to entice you to the lookout for breathtaking views in every direction. ‘The Neck’ is also a very special habitat for native wildlife, seabirds in particular – little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters. A boardwalk through the rockery takes you onto the pristine sandy shores of the beach where only a few footprints may have preceded you – penguin footprints from that morning’s waddle to the water.

Continuing south we travel through the small townships of Alonnah and Lunnawanna, names that are derived from the Aboriginal name for Bruny Island. On the way to the lighthouse you’ll be in awe of the lushly forested environment of tall eucalypt trees – an epitome of the Australian bush. A pause in our journey we soak in the tranquility and listen our for birdsong, maybe even catch a glimpse of one or more of Tasmania’s 12 endemic species (all of which are found on Bruny).

Arriving at Cape Bruny, you’ll be captivated by magnificent views of spectacular dolerite sea cliffs and out to the
Southern Ocean toward Antarctica. Look up as there may be a Wedge-tailed Eagle or White-bellied Sea Eagle soaring above you! At ground level watch out for an echidna and in the coastal heathland vegetation, several species of birds.

After a relaxing picnic lunch, we travel to Adventure Bay… a leisurely nature walk to see a rare white wallaby (endemic to Bruny Island) grazing on the grass or an elusive pink robin in the forest or shorebirds on the beach. The afternoon is adaptable to what interests you most. Wherever you look or wander on Bruny, be it coast or bush, there is wonder and inspiration for photography around you.

This is a day for you to ‘Discover, Experience and Photograph’ with Shutterbug Walkabouts and your local personal guide (and photographer). Returning to the ferry you may like to take a brief stop (time permitting) at Bruny Island Cheeses or ‘Get Shucked’ Oysters – rest assured, purchases you make can be stored in the cool box until our return to Hobart.

For the Shutterbug…

On this tour to Bruny Island there’s so much to focus on… here’s a snapshot of what you can expect
– Seascapes – towering dolerite sea cliffs and pristine beaches
– Coastal landscapes of Cape Queen Elizabeth and Fluted Cape and Cape Bruny,
– Close-up or macro photography of wildflowers – banksias, delicate orchids, heathland vegetation and more
– An abundance of native birds, including rare and endemic species such as the Swift Parrot and Forty-spotted Pardalote
– Local wildlife including the rare endemic white wallaby (only found on Bruny)

For the avid photography enthusiast, our Bruny Island Weekend Photography Retreat will give you even more… to whet your senses, you might like the nature trails to more remote beaches, observing Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters as they return to their colony at dusk, chasing the Aurora Australis (southern lights) at night or having more time to photograph rare and endemic species of birdlife, for example the Forty-spotted Pardalote.

To book your tour to Bruny Island…
Enter the number of participants using the dropdown field below, select a date of travel and we will confirm your booking by reply. If your preferred date is indicated as not available or is within the next 7 days please contact us by email or telephone