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The South Bruny National Park is jam packed with adventure options. Explore the rugged coastline, stand atop towering sea cliffs, discover lush rainforest, wander windswept beaches, and tour a historic lighthouse. The park is also home to several endangered animal and plant species.

Catch the ferry across from Kettering, grab your Parks Pass, and begin your adventure. Here are six reasons to put this one at the top of your list.

1. Stunning Walks

Slow the pace, explore on foot, and soak up the sights. Discover a variety of landscapes, including forests, beaches, coastal scrub and heathland, plus several rare and endemic plant species.

Grass Point and Fluted Cape are two impressive short walks, departing from Adventure Bay. The Grass Point Track (1.5hrs return) winds through bush beside the water’s edge to the ruins of an old whaling station. The Fluted Cape Track (2.5hrs return) continues up steep sea cliffs, offering mint views of the cape and distant Tasman Peninsula.

Another great, albeit slightly longer choice is the East Cloudy Head Track (4hrs return). If you’re after a challenge, the full day circuit of the Labillardiere Peninsula (5.5 – 6.5hrs return) rewards with spectacular coastal views.

Fluted Cape Track

Image: Fluted Cape Track, Bruny Island Safaris

2. Epic Sea Cliffs

Bruny’s sea cliffs are pretty epic! Roam around at rugged Cape Bruny and gaze out at the towering dolerite cliffs (you can see why they needed that lighthouse). Hike along the cliff’s edge and climb to the top on coastal walks, such as the Fluted Cape Track. To experience the sea cliffs from below, head out on a Bruny Island Cruises adventure tour. Be careful though, you might crank your neck gazing up!

Fluted Cape

Image: Fluted Cape, Bruny Island Safaris

3. Wild Beaches

Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach offer safe, sheltered swimming spots… But if you like to walk on the wild side, head to Cloudy Bay! This one feels worlds away, often lives up to its name, and can get pretty windy (great for those dramatic hair-flying-around-your-face shots). Experienced surfers will have a lot of fun here (be careful with the rips). One delightfully quirky feature is the ‘loo with a view‘—we’ll let you discover it for yourself!

Surfers at Cloudy Bay

Image: @christiecrow via @jmure/Instagram

4. Fascinating History

The area was the traditional home of the Nuenonne band of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, and the park contains important sites including middens, quarries, artefact scatters and stone arrangements on the coast line.

The park also contains evidence of European settlement, such as the structural remains of 19th century whaling stations at Grass Point and Cloudy Bay. The Cape Bruny Lighthouse is one of the park’s highlights. The lighthouse was built via convict labour between 1836 and 1838, and is the second oldest and longest continually staffed lighthouse in Australia. Bruny Island Safaris run regular tours—the view from the balcony is amazing!

5. Unique Wildlife

Bruny’s wildlife is pretty special. On land, you might spot wallabies, pademelons, echidnas, wombats, and brushtail possums. The rare white wallabies feed at dusk around the park’s Fluted Cape entrance.

Bird enthusiasts will be in their element, with over 120 species recorded on the island, including the threatened swift parrot, ground parrot, and forty-spotted pardalote. Short-tailed shearwater and penguin rookeries dot the coastline. (The much-loved Bruny Island Bird Festival is coming up in October.)

During migration season, humpbacks and southern right whales are regular visitors at Adventure Bay. An Australian fur seal colony lives around the Friars, and if you get really lucky, you might spot a rare leopard seal coming ashore to rest.

6. You Can Stay

Camping is available at Cloudy Bay in two spots, the Pines and Cloudy Corner, as well as at Jetty Beach. For a little luxury, check out the Bruny Island Coastal Retreats offerings, including Cloudy Bay Villa and Sainty’s Creek Cottage. At Adventure Bay, try the Bruny Ocean Cottage or the Captain Cook Holiday Park. Hotel Bruny at Alonnah is another fantastic option.

To find out what’s on, check out our Event Calendar. For accommodation options, see Where to Stay. For more holiday tips, see Exploring the Trove.

We love it when you share your adventures with us. Tag @southerntrovetasmania and use #SouthernTroveTasmania and we’ll share some of our favourite photos on FacebookInstagram and in our Blog.

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Header image:
Cloudy Bay by @murilomattoss, via @mm_creativephotos/Instagram

Isabel Galloway