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
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.
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.
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.
For bookings and assistance, please contact our friendly staff on:
13 000 BRUNY (1300 027 869)
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.
Please call us if you are unsure about any items on the Gear list.