The stunning Cape Queen Elizabeth Track combines beach and bush adventure. Offering a plethora of brilliant landscapes to explore, the hike along the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track is a spectacular escapade with a rewarding view of the iconic Mars Bluff Arch.
The walk begins along a wide track which runs parallel with the Bruny Island airstrip, then between Big Lagoon and Little Lagoon, before climbing over Mars Bluff for great views across The Neck. The track then descends through the dunes onto the remote Miles Beach. If the tide is low enough, an attempt may be made to skirt the beach underneath Mars Bluff. This can be exciting – dodging the waves – and very rewarding, as the cliffs feature alleyways, caves and an arch.
At the far eastern end of the beach, the track ascends steeply through coastal heath, before heading south to Cape Queen Elizabeth for excellent views of Adventure Bay and beyond. Muttonbird rookeries can be seen on the way. Allow extra time to spot local birdlife amongst the white gums, see the rock formations at Mars Bluff (accessed from Neck Beach), and find the little fisherman’s shack hidden in the dunes at the eastern end of Miles Beach.
How to get there: Travel time from Sealink Bruny Island Ferry, Roberts Point – 16 min (18.7km)
Once disembarking Sealink Bruny Island Ferry, head south on Lennon Road, merging into Bruny Island Main Road, for 18.7km. Beside the Bruny Island Airstrip and nearly opposite the Bruny Island Honey Shop, there is a carpark on your left. Park here and start the walk.
Long sections of road on Bruny Island are unsealed, but are suitable for 2WD vehicles and bicycles.