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Bruny Island Nature Attractions & Activities

Looking to explore nature and experience one of the most naturally beautiful parts of Australia? Bruny Island is a nature lover's paradise.

The Island is home to friendly Spotted Quolls, Bennett's Wallabies, White Wallabies, Echidnas, Golden Brush Tail possums and dolphins - many of which frolic near Bruny Island Getaway.

You can also see Little Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins) at dusk along the narrow isthmus called the Neck between North and South Bruny Islands as they return to their dens at nightfall.

Bruny Island Cruises

One of the must-do activities on Bruny Island is one of the award-winning Bruny Island Cruises. Get an up-close look at fur seal colonies, dolphins, albatross and other sea birds, as well as spotting migrating whales during whale season. When not enjoying the wildlife, you will also take in some of the most breathtaking cliffs, sea caves and coastline anywhere in Australia.

Bird watching

If you love bird watching, then Inala tours offer day and evening guided small group tours led by experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Fishing

Fishing on Bruny Island is like fishing used to be back in your grandfather's day. Throw a line in from the jetty at Dennes Point or any one of the beaches, or take a charter with Ol'Kid fishing charters (it operates out of Captain Cook Caravan Park) and you can pretty much be guaranteed a good feed of fish or squid. The best fishing on Bruny Island is November to April.

Beaches

The beaches on Bruny Island are a tourist attraction in their own right. One of our favourite beaches is Nebraska Beach just metres from the house. It has a long sweep of stunning white sand and its protected bay is ideal for paddling and swimming. It is a favourite haunt for pods of local dolphins frolicking in the calm waters which means you can regularly watch the dolphins from the panoramic windows or the deck of the house.

Nebraska Beach is an easy to stroll to Dennes Point where you can enjoy a coffee and something to nibble at the Jetty Café next to the Art Gallery. At low tide, you can explore around to Bligh Point and get your own fresh oysters from the rocks at the point.

Cloudy Bay beach is the stuff of picture postcards with pumping surf, long golden sandy stretches and rolling sand dunes. February sees Cloudy Bay or Coal Point host the Bruny Island Surf Classic when top surfers take on the famous breaks.

Sunset Bay in Alonnah is popular with families with kids, and is a great place to kayak, windsurf and fish - and like its name suggests, it has fantastic sunsets. Another sheltered beach popular for swimmers is Adventure Bay on the east side of the island.

National Parks & Walks

Over half of Bruny Island is National Park or State Reserves. There are numerous walks on Bruny Island catering for all ages and fitness, and range from 15 minutes to 5 hour circuits.

Parks and Wildlife outline some of the many walks in South Bruny National Park including Grass Point, Fluted Cape, East Cloudy Head and Labillardiere Peninsula.

Other popular walks include:

  • Cape Queen Elizabeth is our favourite walk and is an easy 3 hour walk through the Bruny Neck Game Reserve and delivers spectacular views. We recommend walking along the ridge and back along the water for the best views.
  • Truganini Lookout (15 minutes return) that takes you to stunning 360 degree views overlooking the neck.
  • Mayvista nature walk a lovely 2.5 km rainforest walk off the Discovery Park picnic area near Adventure Bay.

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