Highlights of Bruny Island

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

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

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. One of the stops en route is at the lookout located at ‘The Neck’, a narrow isthmus connecting North Bruny to South Bruny. You’ll climb the steps to a platform that sits atop the sand dunes and sensitive habitat for Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters. An elevated boardwalk takes you over the rookery and leads you to the pristine sandy shores of a beach where only a few footprints may have preceded you – footprints left by penguins as they waddled to the water that same morning.

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 by the picturesque seaside, indulge in a bountiful picnic lunch featuring seasonal Tasmanian produce and sweet treats. After lunch, another leisurely nature walk while keeping our 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.

Discover, Experience and Photograph

Coastal landscapes featuring rugged cliff tops, towering dolerite sea cliffs and pristine beaches
Sweeping panoramic vistas from ‘The Neck’ lookout
Learn about Little Penguins, Short-tailed Shearwaters and the sand dunes they call home
Cape Bruny Lighthouse, convict built and Australia’s 2nd oldest lighthouse
The pristine marine inlet of Cloudy Bay Lagoon
Native wildflowers of banksias, delicate orchids, heathland vegetation
Wildlife and birds in their natural habitats, including the rare white wallaby (only found on Bruny)
Indulge in an abundant picnic lunch featuring seasonal Tasmanian produce and sweet treats

Stay overnight on Bruny Island to enhance your experience and photo opportunities, for example
– observe Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters as they return to their colony at dusk
– chasing the Aurora Australis (southern lights) at night or capture the twinkling stars of the night sky
– indulge in more time to photograph an abundance of birdlife like the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote

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All-inclusive private tour

Private transport
Professional local guide
Photography guidance
Fully-guided walks
Vehicular ferry fare
National park entry
Morning tea
Picnic lunch
Drinking water

Duration

10-11 hours
(recommended departure 7.45am; earlier if desired)

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