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Bruny Island Guided Walks

Bruny Island Guided Walks have created a vacation experience for those connoisseurs of nature who are after an authentic island adventure. Working alongside our sister companies Cape Bruny Oysters and Bruny Island Photography, we have created an immersive tour that captures the essence of our island.

With some of the most sublime beauty in Australia, Nature Pact* has tailored a hiking holiday for you, we incorporate many of the islands best known walks, treks and trails, and some exclusive surprises, too. Breathtaking beaches, ancient forests, geological wonders, spectacular panoramas and unique wildlife all near your accommodation; and no matter which location you stay at, it is sure to be an encounter like no other.

*Nature Pact initiatives include Bruny Island Guided walks, Cape Bruny Oysters, Bruny Island Coastal Retreats and Bruny Island Photography Guided Walk - Arch at Mars Bluff

Day One

12km / 5 hours hiking (medium grade)

Your hiking holiday starts in Hobart under the watchful eye of 'kuynani'. Hobart’s treasured mountain looks across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island rich with natural wonders and places to explore.

After a hearty breakfast at Harbour Lights Café, we head south to Kettering and the Bruny Island Ferry. This 15-minute journey on Sealink's nairana or parrabah vessels provides spectacular views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel as we approach the island.

It is only short drive from North Bruny to Great Bay and our first stop.  Mars Bluff, Cape Queen Elizabeth, and the Rock Arch are just some of today’s highlights. Cameras/phones are a must for bushwalkers wishing to capture images of their fabulous Tasmanian holiday. Depending on tidal movements, it is possible to reach the Arch, caves, and alleyways that sit beneath Mars Bluff via Miles beach. If the tide is in, a moderately steep track traverses the bluff through heathlands and eucalypt woodlands with a view of the remarkable and pristine beach below. Cape Queen Elizabeth track rises from the far end of the beach.

Later, we wind our way southwards passing stunning scenery and diverse ecological landforms, glimpsing some of the trails we will tackle over the next few days as we head to the magnificently wild Cloudy Bay and our boutique lodge; or, perhaps we will stay at Ventnor - the historic homestead that once was home to the first postmistress of Bruny Island and gaze across the tranquil waters of Little Taylors Bay.

This evening, settle in and relax as you enjoy a selection of Tasmanian wine and cheeses and get to know the group. Tonight’s delicious dinner is prepared in-house by your guide from locally sourced produce.

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Day Two

16km / 5.5 hours hiking (medium grade)

This morning we head to the coast after enjoying a leisurely breakfast and creating our own delectable lunch packs. Don’t forget to pack your complementary water bottle and beanie or cap (weather conditions can change rapidly in Tasmania).

Today’s walk commences from our private departure point on Cloudy Bay beach. After climbing to the heights of East Cloudy Head your eyes will feast upon the expansive panorama of prominent headlands and wild wind-swept beaches of South Bruny National Park. Enjoying our lunch, we take in the endless coastal views, imagine the clippers on the horizon or happily spot a returning whale or sea eagle circling overhead.

This afternoon an easy coastal walk (1hr) takes us past a shearwater rookery to the lagoon mouth. The lagoon was shaped by oceanic swell and tidal flow over millennia, together this strong tidal movement and the cool mountain waters of Saintys Creek create the perfect environment for oysters.  The lagoon contains large areas of both macroalgae and intertidal seagrasses and small areas of native flat oyster.

The Cape Bruny Oyster farmers meet us at the inlet in their oyster punt. We hear a brief introduction to oyster farming as we travel across the tranquil waters of the lagoon to our secluded destination. Here on the banks of Cloudy Bay Lagoon we enjoy a unique ocean-to-plate experience designed especially for the connoisseurs of nature. Dinner tonight is at the Bruny Island Hotel.

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Day Three

8 km / 3.5 hours hiking (medium grade)

A hearty breakfast and a chance to explore your surrounds. With bags packed we head off to discover more of South Bruny’s treasures. The final day of the tour takes us to Grass Point and Fluted Cape, where we walk along the coastline from Adventure Bay to Grass Point beneath a canopy of blue gums, white peppermint, and sheoaks. The remains of one of Bruny Island’s whaling stations (1820-40) are still visible. Southern right whales have returned to these waters and may be seen between June to late October.

From Grass Point, the track climbs steeply along tall dolerite cliffs to the summit of Fluted Cape, rising 272m above sea level. On a clear day the views are to Cape Queen Elizabeth and the Tasman Peninsula. The track follows the edge of the cliffs before descending steeply on the return to Grass Point (for safety on the steeper sections, this walk is done clockwise).

Before leaving the island, we head off to indulge in a taste of honey and cheese with a short stop at the Neck Lookout. This iconic view from a unique Tasmanian landmark is something that just can’t be missed. We leave for home with this lasting impression of Bruny Island and the places we have walked.

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Tour Dates

3-Day Guided Walk with shared accommodation.
(single supplement optional)

Departure to Return Price (inc. GST)
12 - 14 July 2022 $1,850
16 - 18 August 2022 $1,850

For bookings and assistance, please contact our friendly staff on:

13 000 BRUNY (1300 027 869)

Shared accommodation will be provided by default at one of Coastal Retreats' fabulous properties. Single supplement may be available with an additional charge, please contact us to discuss. All linen and towelling provided.

A reasonable level of walking fitness is required, as you will need the ability to negotiate uneven ground and some steeper gradients. With two guides we are able to pace our walks to suit various abilities and fitness levels. If you are still wondering if this walk is for you, please give us a call and we can discuss the options.

We limit the group size to 10 + 2 guides

All our tours are subject to minimum numbers. Bruny Island Guided Walks, at its sole discretion, may cancel any tour due to minimum numbers not being reached. See our Terms and Conditions for our trip cancellation policy.

A small day pack along with your Jacket, drink bottle, lunch and camera.

To get the most out of your trip, we recommend light weight trekking boots or sturdy walking shoes. To avoid blisters your footwear should be worn in before the tour.

Our menu has been designed by a Bruny Island chef, ingredients are sourced from local producers on island or within Tasmania. Season variations add to our range of offerings. Evening meals are complimented with a range of wines and beers. We can cater for those with specific dietary requirements.

Whilst we try and be as accommodating as possible toward unforeseen circumstance, e.g. 'shifting your booking to a future tour etc.', our official policy is as follows:

  • All cancellations must be received by email.
  • All refunds will be paid in Australian Dollars and paid with 7 days less any bank fees. Refund only cover monies you have paid to Bruny Island Guided Walks (NPCT) for the tour.
  • If you cancel your place and your spot is filled, we will refund all monies you have paid Bruny Island Guided Walks (NPCT) for the tour less a $200 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel and your spot is not filled a cancellation fee of $200 will apply
    • Up to 90 days prior full refund
    • Up to 60 days prior 50%
    • Up to 30 days prior 25%

Please see our Gear List for requirements and suggestions.

All major airlines fly into Hobart International Airport, daily. The airport is 25 minutes from central Hobart by car.

Our Tour meeting point is located within the Brooke St Pier [floating pontoon] - 12 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania.
NOTE: We recommend you arrive the night before, so you are fully rested for your first day and not rushed.
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As we are staying on the island, travelling time between the accommodation and walking locations will vary (it is generally around 30 minutes).

We recommend you bring everything you need as we will be staying in a remote location. The nearest shops are about 45 minutes drive away.

We recommend Telstra 4G as it has the best coverage in the area. Optus network coverage is also available, but less reliable.

It is a requirement that you have travel insurance that includes coverage for:

  • Accident and sickness
  • Emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains
  • Accidental death
  • Tour cancellation

Proof of appropriate insurance is required prior to departure with us.

The walking tours are a another NaturePact* initiative, the profits are used for the preservation of Bruny Island's natural and cultural environment. *NaturePact initiatives include Bruny Island Guided Walks, Cape Bruny Oysters, Bruny Island Coastal Retreats and Bruny Island Photography.

Our temperatures on Bruny can vary throughout the day, and with this in mind, we recommend you pack for all seasons. Choosing clothing that is suitable for layering as the weather dictates.

We also suggest bringing a small day pack for those things you might require on your walks, such as a water bottle, rain jacket, and beanie. 

Recommended Gear List

  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Polar fleece jacket / jumper
  • Thermals / long sleeve top x 2
  • Suitable hiking shoes/boots.
  • Lightweight trousers or shorts x 2
  • Socks x 3
  • Shirts / T-shirts x 3
  • Warm clothes and shoes for evening activities
  • Sun hat and beanie
  • Water bottle or drinking bladder
  • Sunglasses
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Underwear
  • Swimmers / bathers and travel towel (optional)
  • Personal medication and personal hygiene items.
  • PPE - Masks, Hand sanitiser and Personal use rapid antigen tests
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for all devices and chargers

Optional items

  • Walking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Binoculars

Please call us if you are unsure about any items on the Gear list.