To get the most out of Bruny you need to get out and explore it: embrace the island and uncover its many secrets. Bruny Island offers the space and solitude to recharge your batteries. That means different things to different people, but on the whole Bruny’s key attractions revolve around its natural beauty and unspoiled wilderness.
One of the prime attractions of Bruny Island is the opportunity to walk through pristine wilderness. The Bruny Island Coastal Resort properties are well located to take advantage of some of the most attractive walks on Bruny. Some of the highlights include:
East Cloudy Head
A 4-hour return walk direct from Cloudy Bay Beach House/Cloudy Bay Villa/Cloudy Bay Cabin. The walking trail begins at Cloudy Corner at the southern end of Cloudy Bay Beach.
Cloudy Bay Lagoon
This 90-minute return walk goes west from Whalebone Point along the firm sands of Cloudy Bay Beach to Conley’s Point, the entrance to the spectacular and serene Cloudy Bay Lagoon.
A 5-hour circuit walk that begins at the end of Old Jetty Road. Take the signposted road that turns right off Lighthouse Road, on the way to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Suggested route is clockwise.
Cape Queen Elizabeth
A 3-hours return walk that commences at a 4WD track just north of the Bruny Island Airstrip. With spectacular views, this is an easy walk within the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.
Foodies and artisan food producers have put Bruny Island on the map. The island’s unspoiled environment, crisp conditions and reliable rainfall make it a haven for specialist food producers. Visitors can drive themselves or take part in an organized tour to:
During summer, Bruny’s pristine waters make it a mecca for water sports like swimming, snorkelling, fishing, boating, kayaking and surfing. One of Bruny’s best surf breaks is at Cloudy Bay – just metres from Cloudy Bay Beach House/Cloudy Bay Villa/Cloudy Bay Cabin/a short drive from Saintys Creek Cabin.
Bruny Island Fishing Charters (Phone: (03) 6293 1018; Inshore and offshore charters, with all fishing gear provided aboard a 7.5m Devil Cat Express Fishing Vessel. Inshore charters target flathead, salmon, squid and barracuda. Offshore charters target tuna, striped trumpeter, snapper and gummy shark. Bookings are essential.
No trip to Bruny Island is complete without the much-lauded Pennicott wilderness cruise that explores the southeast coast of the island and provides spectacular views of the island’s rugged 270-metre high cliffs, sea caves and abundant wildlife: seals; dolphins; Bluefin tuna; birdlife and migrating whales. This tour has won the title of Australia’s Best Tourism Attraction three times. It is highly recommended.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
915 Adventure Bay Road
Adventure Bay Tasmania 7150
Phone: (03) 6293 1465
Bird lovers and botanists will find plenty of interest on Bruny Island. Just a short drive from Cloudy Bay Beach House / Cloudy Bay Villa / Cloudy Bay Cabin / Saintys Creek Cottage is the world-renowned Inala Private Reserve, a 1500-acre property with numerous walking tracks through various habitats and wildlife viewing hides. Home to 95 species of birds and with 40 species of native terrestrial orchids, there is a lot for enthusiasts to look at. There is even a five-acre Jurassic Garden, giving visitors an insight into the local vegetation, much of which has remained unchanged since Tasmania split from the supercontinent Gondwana 185 million years ago. Visits to Inala can only be undertaken as part of a tour and must be booked in advance.
Inala Private Nature Reserve
320 Cloudy Bay Road
Bruny Island, Tasmania 7150
Phone: (03) 6293 1217
Mobile: 0418 124 934
Another way to see Bruny is from the air with a scenic flight out of Bruny Island Airfield. A 35-minute tour of South Bruny costs $175 per person, taking in everything from The Neck and Cape Conella to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Cloudy Bay and the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.
Island Scenic Flights
Contact: (Captain) Peter Steininger
Phone: (Airfield Office): (03) 6293 1448
Mobile: 0428 293 272
International: +61 3 6293 1448
2179 Bruny Island Main Road, Bruny Island, TAS 7150 Australia
Set high on the rugged cliffs of Cape Bruny is Bruny Island’s historic lighthouse, a magnificent 114-metre-tall structure constructed by convicts in 1836. Seeped in history and in the most spectacular location, Cape Bruny Lighthouse is a 30-minute drive from Cloudy Bay Beach House/Cloudy Bay Villa/Cloudy Bay Cabin/Saintys Creek Cottage and is regarded as a must-do activity on the island.
Bruny Island Lighthouse Tours
Mobile: 0437 499 795
Serious runners can take part in the Bruny Island Ultra Marathon – a gruelling 65-kilometre slog from Dennes Point in the north to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse in the south. The date of the event changes every year, but it is usually in November or December. Check (brunyislandultra.blogspot.com.au) for this year’s dates.
North and south Bruny are separated by a narrow isthmus of land called The Neck. At this point, the island is just 100 metres wide, with the surf of Adventure Bay on one side and sheltered Isthmus Bay on the other. Well-constructed timber stairs lead to a lookout at the top of the sand dunes, providing an excellent 360-degree view. Fairy penguins and short-tailed shearwaters nest in the area, making it a great bird-spotting location. There is also a viewing platform for watching penguins come up at the beach in the evening, and information about the tragic story of local indigenous figure Truganini.
There are a number of historical centres on Bruny Island providing insight into the island’s past.
The History Room at Alonnah
(Contact Kathy Duncombe: (03) 6260 6287; email@example.com; www.bica.org.au/historicalsociety )
is located in the former court house, next to the police station. It provides comprehensive displays covering 100 years of local government, the industries and families that make up the island’s history. Entrance is free and the History Room is open 10am-3pm, seven days a week.
The Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration
(876 Main Road, Adventure Bay; (03) 6293 1117; firstname.lastname@example.org )
is a collection of maps, documents, paintings and artefacts about the visits to Adventure Bay of great explorers such as Furneaux, Cook, Bligh and others. Open daily from 10am-5pm December – April; 10am-4pm May – November.
Bruny Island Quarantine Station
(816 Killora Road, North Bruny Island; Contact Kathy Duncombe: (03) 6260 6287; email@example.com )
is the site of the State Maritime Quarantine Station established in 1884 as a defence against infectious diseases. The site was used to intern Germans at the beginning of World War 1 and quarantine soldiers returning from influenza-ravaged Europe in 1919. Open 10am-4pm Thursday to Monday during daylight savings and weekends only in winter.
The Bruny Island Art Prize rewards excellence in Australian painting. The Bruny Island Art Prize is an initiative of Bruny Island Arts, a not for profit organisation and a sub branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts and is open to any artist who is resident in Australia.