There’s something so relaxing about spending a day at the beach. Whether you’re looking for a sheltered spot to take the family, a quiet gem to enjoy with your beloved, or a surf beach to catch some waves, Bruny Island has you covered. Bruny’s pristine beaches are superb, so please look after them by taking any rubbish back with you.
We’ve listed 10 of our favourite Bruny beaches to help you plan your summer adventure. Choose one or stay longer and visit them all!
1. Adventure Bay
Adventure Bay Beach is popular with families and is a great, sheltered spot for swimming. Visit the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration and learn about Captain Bligh, Captain Cook and Captain Furneaux—they all anchored in the bay to replenish their water supplies. The beach is close to the South Bruny National Park entrance where the Fluted Cape Track begins (keep an eye out for white wallabies). To the north, visit beautiful Two Tree Point and indulge in some beachcombing.
2. Cloudy Bay
If you like long walks on the beach, you’ll love the 5 km of pristine white sand at Cloudy Bay in the South Bruny National Park. Experienced surfers will have a ball here, but watch the rips. The beach makes up the first part of the East Cloudy Head Walk. If you’d like to stay longer, set up camp at Cloudy Corner or The Pines.
3. Mabel Bay
Surfers, there’s another good surf spot opposite Cloudy Bay. Mabel Bay is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although it tends to be mostly flat during summer. Rest assured that this surf beach is unlikely to be crowded. Mabel Bay is close to the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse (c. 1838), so head south for a gander or join the awesome lighthouse tour.
4. Jetty Beach
Jetty Beach offers safe, sheltered swimming within the South Bruny National Park. There’s a great camping area, so you can stay for a few days or longer and really live it up with the island lifestyle. Think lazy days on the beach, leisurely walks, picturesque scenery, relaxed nights stargazing, and completely disconnecting from the rat race.
Daniels Bay and Little Taylors Bay at Lunawanna offer calm waters for swimming, boating and kayaking. Scenic Cemetery Beach is bordered by a low rocky shoreline and backed by a narrow tree-filled reserve.
Oh my, this one is pretty romantic! The aptly named Sunset Bay, at the southern end of Alonnah, boasts the best sunsets on Bruny Island. As well as dreamy sunset walks with your beloved, Sunset Bay is great for kayaking, fishing and swimming. The bay is quite sheltered, so it’s also a good spot for families to enjoy together (although that might put a dampener on the romance).
7. The Neck
Climb the newly revamped steps to Truganini Lookout at The Neck and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the isthmus of land connecting north and south. Now that you’ve seen the beach from above, follow the pathway to the sand and enjoy a relaxing stroll along The Neck Beach. The Neck Game Reserve campground and day use area is only 20 metres from the beach.
When exploring, it’s important to stay away from the dunes and clear off the beach before dusk. Settle in at the viewing platforms and you’ll see why—watch little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters make their way up the beach to their nests (please observe the penguin watching guidelines).
8. Miles Beach
You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy a whole beach to yourself! Head out on the spectacular Cape Queen Elizabeth walk and discover remote Miles Beach. The rocky archway in the sand adds an extra touch of magic. See if you can find the little fisherman’s shack hidden in the dunes at the eastern end of the beach.
9. Bligh Point
Killora Beach is a sheltered gem at the northern tip of Bruny Island. This magnificent beach is the perfect spot to settle in for a day of relaxing and playful frolicking in the water. You could even sail into Killora Bay and swim off the boat!
There are a few other beaches to explore nearby; Langfords Beach, Queens Beach, Delaneys Beach, and Barretts Beach are all within 3km of Killora.
10. Dennes Point
Dennes Point is the northern-most township on Bruny Island and is home to lovely Nebraska Beach. The beach is quiet and peaceful, and faces across The Channel towards North West Bay. Go for a relaxing stroll along the golden sand, pop into the local art gallery and cafe, walk the Dennes Point Heritage Trail (45 minutes / 1.5km return), or cast a line off the jetty for squid or whiting.
Free camping is available at The Neck, Cloudy Corner, The Pines, and Jetty Beach. For accommodation options, including Bruny Ocean Cottage and the Captain Cook Holiday Park, see Where to Stay. For more holiday tips, see Exploring the Trove.
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