Bruny Island

Discover, experience and photograph dramatic coastal landscapes, the island’s historic lighthouse and an array of native flora and fauna

Coastal panoramas | History | Birds and wildlife | Native flora

Cape Bruny, The Neck lookout, Adventure Bay

A typical day

First we travel south of Hobart to Kettering and take the vehicular ferry across the D’Entrecastaux Channel to Bruny Island. Upon arrival, we make our way to Cape Bruny, the site of Australia’s second oldest lighthouse sitting atop a spectacular rugged coastline. ‘The Neck’, is a narrow isthmus connecting North Bruny to South Bruny – a viewing platform atop the sand dunes offers stunning views of the coast. An elevated boardwalk leads you to the pristine sandy shores of The Neck beach where only a few footprints may have preceded you. Footprints likely left by penguins as they waddled to the water that same morning – The Neck is a sensitive habitat for Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters.

You’ll travel through the small townships of Alonnah and Lunnawanna, names derived from the Aboriginal name for Bruny Island ‘Lunnawanna-alonnah’ and through a tall eucalypt forest, the epitome of the Australian bush. A pause at different times throughout our journey gives you the chance to soak in the tranquility and listen for birdsong, maybe even catch a glimpse of one or more of Tasmania’s 12 endemic species (all of which are found on Bruny).

At Cape Bruny, you’ll be captivated by the views you’ll have of spectacular dolerite sea cliffs and to the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. There may be a Wedge-tailed Eagle or White-bellied Sea Eagle soaring above, an echidna moseying about at ground level or, amongst the coastal heathland, several species of birds may be seen flitting about.

In Adventure Bay, learn more about indigenous inhabitants of the area and the early European explorers. Enjoy another leisurely coastal walk while keeping your eyes peeled for shorebirds on the beach, a rare and endemic White Wallaby grazing on the grass, or an elusive Pink Robin in the forest.

Included

Private transport in comfortable & spacious SUV
Professional local guide
Fully-guided interpretive walks
Morning tea and picnic lunch
Vehicular Ferry fare
National park entry
Drinking water

Duration

10-11 hours
(recommended departure 7.30am)

Enhance your experience

To enrich your overall experience, you may like to enquire about enhancements available for this tour

Raptor photography
Exclusive access into a raptor photography hide on private property

Add an overnight or more
Tailor a personalised multi-day tour for an opportunity to view Little Penguins after dark or photograph the night sky or an aurora (if there is one)!

Accompanying expert photography tutor
A dedicated tutor for a workshop style photographer’s day out