Bruny Island lies in the Tasman Sea, straddling the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and beckoning as a remote, windswept destination. Known for its unfettered wildlife, blustery coastline and freshwater fishing, this 362-square-kilometre island offers a landscape of sandy beaches, towering forests and open bays.
Things to do in Bruny Island
A five-kilometre-long sandy isthmus known as The Neck joins the two sections of Bruny Island and harbours a pristine nature reserve. Climb 279 steps to the Truganini Memorial for spectacular views, and cross the timber walkway to reach The Neck and nearby beach. Along the boardwalk you’re likely to see mutton-birds and fairy penguins, especially just before sunset.
Take a hike in South Bruny National Park, following wooded hinterlands and walking tracks through emerald forests and to coastal outlooks. Fluted Cape sits near Adventure Bay, where you can visit the old whaling station at Grass Point. Walk the Labillardiere Peninsula to see Cape Bruny Lighthouse and stroll over to Penguin Island at low tide.
All along the island you can enjoy surfing and swimming, with remote sheltered strips of sand on the north at Dennes Point and Killora. Relax on the secluded Cloudy Bay Beach or take a guided eco-cruise from Adventure Bay.
To see Bruny Island’s nature in a controlled environment, visit the Inala Nature Museum and Jurassic Garden with 600 hectares of exotic plant species. At least 12 endemic Tasmanian bird species populate its gardens, while the museum houses an eclectic collection of fossils, shells and minerals. Stop by the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration to see curios, charts, manuscripts and maps from famous explorers.
With a location off the south-east coast of Tasmania, access to Bruny Island is by car ferry from Kettering. Bring your own vehicle or bicycle to get around the island.