Bruny Island is a nature lover’s paradise, with its raw natural beauty, dramatic sea cliffs, sweeping beaches, sprawling forest, and wonderful wildlife. The epic landscape has a delicious way of making you feel small – in the best possible way! This all makes for some spectacular views, so don’t forget your camera. Here are six stunning spots that will help you rediscover a sense of perspective.
1. The Neck
The narrow isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island is famous for its iconic views. You will need to climb a few hundred steps to the Truganini Lookout at the top, but it feels like ascending into the clouds. At the lookout, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Bruny and beyond. (Tip: if pitching a tent next to the beach sounds good, you can actually camp at The Neck Game Reserve).
2. Cape Queen Elizabeth
If you’re feeling adventurous, give the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track a crack. There’s a lot to see on this 3 hour/12 km return walk within the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve. You’ll trek through bush, explore sand dunes, skip across a remote beach, squeeze through rocky crevices, and step through nature’s archway into the light. The walk offers awesome views across The Neck and out to Adventure Bay and beyond. Keep an eye out for a rare forty-spotted pardalote amongst the white gums.
3. Cape Bruny
The wild and rugged Cape Bruny is located within the beautiful South Bruny National Park. The historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse (c. 1838) was built after a series of mishaps and shipwrecks south of Bruny Island. Today, you can take a tour of the lighthouse and revel in the amazing views from the balcony, staring wistfully out to sea like a 19th century lighthouse keeper. The jagged cliffs plunging out of the sea are so dramatic you might want to BYO popcorn.
4. Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay is a remote treasure found deep in the South Bruny National Park. When it lives up to its name, it looks very dramatic as grey skies reflect moodily in the surf. Step onto the sand and become a little dot on the 5km long beach. Find a good spot and settle in to watch the surfers in the distance (or get out there yourself if you’re experienced). There are two beautiful campsites to choose from if you want to disconnect and recharge in the wilderness for a few days. If you’d prefer to cosy up somewhere more luxurious, book yourself in to Cloudy Bay Beach House or Cloudy Bay Villa and enjoy the views in style!
5. Fluted Cape
If you’re up for a bit of a climb, the Fluted Cape Track (2.5hrs/5.4km circuit) in the South Bruny National Park offers sensational cliff and ocean views. The walk leaves from Grass Point, where there are visible remains of the whaling industry (thankfully, live southern right whales can be spotted around Adventure Bay during migration season). The track climbs steeply to Fluted Cape, hugging the coastline’s clifftops, and rewards with spectacular views of the cape and out to the distant Tasman Peninsula. You might even spot a majestic sea eagle soaring overhead.
6. Bruny Island Cruises
Getting out on the water on a Pennicott’s wilderness cruise is a fun way to catch a different perspective. Be careful not to kink your neck when you’re gazing up in awe at the giant sea cliffs! You’ll have a blast zipping around the coastline in an iconic yellow boat, pausing at points of interest, such as sea caves, blowholes, and The Monument. Keep an eye out for majestic wildlife, including dolphins, whales (in season), seals, and sea birds.
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