Situated just off the south-east coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island is home to stunning coastal scenery, with soaring dolerite cliffs and impossibly long stretches of pure sand. Added to this are magical pockets of temperate rainforest hidden atop the mountain peaks. Beyond the natural majesty, the human history of Bruny Island is almost unbelievable, the wildlife unique and prodigious, and the boutique local foods impeccable and well-known across Australia. An island off an island off an island, Bruny is one of the jewels of the south.
Please Note: as there are no transfers or taxi facilities on the island this is a self-drive experience.
Optional hire of an EPIRB/PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is available if required at an additional cost.
TRANSFERS: Morning flight from Hobart to Bruny Island. Drive yourself to Kettering to catch the ferry to Bruny Island.
WALK GRADE: 4.2km return trip. Easy to follow track up Mount Mangana. 2.5 – 3 hours walking, with breaks. Easy-grade.
TERRAIN: Large roots and stones, like any good bushwalk, but not difficult or technical. A climb (and later, descent) of 121 metres. Basic fitness required.
WALK ITINERARY: Make your way to Bruny Island by your own car and drive to the start of your walk. Your walk begins as high as a car can get atop the highest mountain of Bruny Island. As soon as you enter the trail, even on a sunny day, you will know you have entered into a magical pocket of rainforest, as the sunlight falls away and dapples across the thick forest floor. A steady, but relatively gentle climb takes you through slowly up to the peak of Mount Mangana. As you go you will pass by many endemic Tasmanian temperate rainforest species that are seldom found anywhere but the wet and rugged West Coast. But here, where rainfall tops one metre a year and cloud cover allows a temperate rainforest micro-climate, you will find them. To see leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida) or celery to pine (Phyllocladus aspleniifolius) growing on the East Coast is something special. And that is exactly what this walk is: something special. Upon your return to the trailhead and drive to your accommodation.
TRANSFERS: 25 minute drrive yourself to the start of your walk.
WALK GRADE: 12.5km return trip. Easy-to-Medium grade. Basic-to-average fitness required. 5 hours walking with breaks.
TERRAIN: Easy coastal trail through coastal heath, along a beach and up a bluff or two. Tide (and personal bravery/eagerness to get wet) dictates which route is taken either way.
WALK ITINERARY: After a relaxed breakfast drive yourself to the start of the walk. Today begins with an easy stroll through flat, dry sclerophyll forests, passing two lagoons and climbing into some healthily rooted sand dunes. Arriving at the beach, you can decide to skirt around the base of Mars Bluff, sidling through chasms, caves and rock arches, as you are dwarfed by the cliffs of the bluff; or clamber up and over the bluff, gaining, with your new height, amazing views out over Adventure Bay. Continue ambling until you climb up onto the foothills of Cape Queen Elizabeth. Hiking south along the cape, we pass under the boughs of (at least) two endemic Tasmanian eucalypts, through a short-tailed shearwater rookery, keeping an eye on the sky for the pair of white-bellied sea eagles who have a nest nearby, until we clamber onto the top of the cape. The views across Adventure Bay and up to the Tasman Peninsula are nothing short of amazing, for the relatively small effort undertaken to achieve them. Retracing our steps, maybe stop for a swim in the pristine waters. When the walking is done, drive back to your accommodation enroute you make like to visit Get Shucked Oysters, possibly the only drive-thru oyster shop in the world. Tonight enjoy a visit to the only restaurant on the island for a truly local experience.
TRANSFERS: After breakfast, drive yourself south 35 minutes to the start of this walk.
WALK GRADE: 18.3km circuit. Decent-to-good fitness required. 5.5 – 7 hours with breaks.
TERRAIN: Technically easy trail, but can be long and arduous for some. One hill of just over 100 metres. Last half is slightly more technical than first half, but still not that tricky.
ITINERARY: After breakfast, drive yourself to the start of the walk. The Labillardiere Peninsula was named after the first person to produce a book on the plants of Australia. He was a lover of flowers, and flowers is what you will get on this walk. Beginning strolling along the north-western edge of the peninsula, you will amble through fields of blossoming coastal heath, with wildflowers of every colour on display for most of the year. After descending the only major hill of just over 100 metres, you arrive on a secluded little beach, perfect for lunch, or a private little swim. As you head down the eastern edge of the peninsula, the habitat will be overtly different from that which you passed in the morning, with the coastal heath being dwarfed by a forest of eucalypts, she-oaks, native cherries and dozens of other woodland species. Upon completion of the circuit, drive back to your accommodation. Tonight enjoyed a relaxed restaurant dinner.
TRANSFERS: A short drive from your cottage.
WALK GRADE: 6.5 km circuit. Medium grade. Average fitness required. 3-3.5 hours.
TERRAIN: Mostly easy, except for one very steep section. The path comes close to sheer cliffs. Open forest for the most part and not too technical. Steep section = climb of almost 300 metres over 1.7km.
ITINERARY: After breakfast, drive yourself to the start of your walk. Beginning in Cloudy Bay, this walk captures the ruggedness of southern Bruny quite unlike any other walk. As you walk along the Cloudy Beaches, you will be hemmed in by East and West Cloudy Head, forming an impressive and intimidating frame against the swells filing up from the Great Southern Ocean. The climb up East Cloudy Head will bring you past Beaufort Bay, small, beautiful, and harsh before you enter into remarkably thick coastal heath. Once you reach the top of the head you will feel a million miles from human civilisation as you look out over the southern extremity of Tasmania. This walk truly portrays the harshness and the beauty of Mother Nature. Afterwards drive yourself back to your accommmodation, why not swing via the local winery for a quick wine tasting, before heading back to your comfy abode.
TRANSFERS: Drive yourself to the start of the walk
WALK GRADE: Approximately 6kms. 3.5 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade. Ascent/descent: 270m/270m
TERRAIN: The track to Green Point has a hardened or compacted surface with gentle hills and occasional steps. There are occasional boulder-strewn sections. The track onwards to Fluted Cape is a natural trail, with uneven surfaces and rocks and a steep ascent and descent.
ITINERARY: After breakfast, drive yourself to the start of your walk near Adventure Bay. Drifting through different eucalypt habitats and she-oak forests, you will arrive at Grass Point and the ruins of an old whaling station. Just across the way is Penguin Island accessible at low tide and fun to get to via hopping from rock to rock. Climbing up Fluted Cape proper, you are presented with lookout after lookout, as you get higher and higher, the sheer cliffs just metres from your feet both daunting and amazing. When you do arrive at the top, the views north, up the East Coast, are jaw-dropping. Standing 272 metres above the sea, you are only 30 metres shy of the highest vertical sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere – which you can see from here, up the coast, on the Tasman Peninsula. Cutting back inland through the woodlands, the descent is smooth and easy, bringing you back to East Cove, where you can walk straight into the Bruny Island Cruises’ Seafood Restaurant for lunch. After lunch, drive yourself to the ferry and then back to Hobart.
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This is a seasonal walk - the best times to walk are between September and April.
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