What to do on Bruny Island

Bruny Island is a nature lover, foodie and photographers’ dreamscape. North Bruny features rolling hills, bays and sheltered beaches. The iconic “Neck” isthmus, Lookout and penguin rookery. Is the gateway to South Bruny and its rugged, mountainous scenery, beaches, cliffs, the famous South Bruny National Park and historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Walk, drive, eat, drink, sample, picnic, tour and photograph the islands’ extraordinary beauty and fresh produce. See our Itineraries for our suggestions.

Attractions / Activities

Art Untamed Gallery

18 Main Road, Dennes Point 

Attractive modern Art Gallery, featuring the work of Bruny and Tasmanian artists/craftsmen, working in oils, watercolours, prints, wood, ceramics, glass and fibre.

Open 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday or by phone appointment the rest of the week. Online shop available.

Bruny Island Cruises

1005 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay

Winner 12 Australian and 28 Tasmanian Tourism Awards. Join Robert Pennicott and his team for an unforgettable three hour wilderness cruise. Explore high sea cliffs, deep sea caves and look for abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and seabirds.

Bruny Island Historical Society

Main Road, Alonnah – Opposite the Police Station

Annual Open Day at Variety Bay every Easter Sunday. History Room open 10am-2pm, Tuesday & Saturday. FREE admission.

Bruny Island Safaris

Truly captivating & authentic, locally guided Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Day Tours. Overnight Explorer Tours. Trip Advisor Hall of Fame awards 2019 & 2020.

Bruny Island Traveller

Taste your way across Bruny Island visiting artisan producers on a gourmet wilderness adventure whilst taking in the island’s spectacular scenery. Savour oysters, cheese, fudge, honey, whisky and lunch at our beachside restaurant.
Visit The Neck Lookout and Mavista Rainforest. Full Day Tours depart Hobart daily.

Bruny Island Quarantine Station 

816 Killora Road, North Bruny Island 

Explore the interpreted history, flora and fauna and the beautiful natural environment. Open Thursday to Monday. 10am-4pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. FREE ENTRY.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours

Experience our convict built lighthouse on Bruny Island & the southern most lighthouse tour in Australia. Fully guided
30 minute tours daily. Sunset Tours also available. Book online.

Inala Jurassic Garden, Nature Museum & Giftshop

320 Cloudy Bay Road, South Bruny Island

Worldwide collection of seashells, fossils and gemstones and 5 acre Jurassic Garden showcasing plants from the southern Gondwanan continents. Entry fee applies.

Island Scenic Flights

2179 Bruny Island Main Road, Great Bay  

Experience the unique and beautiful landscape of Bruny Island and surrounding areas from the air.

SailTas Sailing Cruises

Leisurely sailing trips to secluded bays and anchorages along  Bruny Island’s magnificent coastline where you can swim, throw a line, watch wildlife or taste the sumptuous local produce and beverages. Full day and half day cruises.

Sprokkelwood – Art Garden

339 Cloudy Bay Road, Lunawanna 

5 acre sculpture garden, artists’ studios, garden tours, workshops. BYO picnic, self serve coffee and tea.

Entry fee applies.

The Bruny Island Long Weekend

Luxury Bruny Island Package: Walk, Eat and Glamp.

Three day guided food and walking tour.

The Neck Game Reserve

Boardwalks and viewing platforms enable you to observe short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins (also known as fairy penguins). The Reserve has an interpretation board and during peak viewing times there is a Parks and Wildlife interpretation guide present at dusk. The best viewing period is during the warmer months—September to February.

Click here for Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Penguin watching guidelines

Itineraries

Day Trip Itinerary

Bruny Island is a great day trip from Hobart and with good planning, many of the islands foodie and natural highlights can be experienced. Bruny Island Traveller and Bruny Island Safaris are two excellent tours offering day trips with experienced and knowledgable guides. If you want to self drive check out our itinerary here.

Overnight Stay Itinerary

Take the time to see a little more of this great island. Download our Overnight Stay Itinerary here.

Two Night Stay Itinerary

Immerse yourself into the island for a couple of days. There is so much to see and its a great place to unwind. Download our Two Night Stay Itinerary here.

Events

Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival

The Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival is a three-day gathering of music, ceremony, knowledge sharing and arts, held in a stunning cultural landscape that is lunawunna alonnah, Bruny Island, Tasmania. It is held biannually on Bruny Island. 

Bruny Island Bird Festival

The Bruny Island Bird Festival:  Bringing together Science, Conservation, Community and Creativity to create four days of enjoyment and education about the birdlife of this wonderful island. Held Annually on Bruny Island.

Walks

A large portion of Bruny Island is comprised of the South Bruny National Park and State Forest Reserves. It’s a perfect island for walking – stroll to Penguin Island from Adventure Bay and climb along the crest of the sea crags on Fluted Cape; take the loop track around the Labillardiere Peninsula and picnic along the way; take a beach walk on one of the island’s many stretches of untracked sand.

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  1. Alonnah Sheepwash Track
    1 Hour Return
    This foreshore walk starts above the Pontoon area at Alonnah, following the old rock-walled carriage way between two previous jetty sites and passing remnants of occupation since the early 1850’s.
  2. Cape Queen Elizabeth
    3 Hours Return
    Walk commences at a 4WD track just north of the Bruny Island International Airport! (air strip). With spectacular views, this is an easy walk within the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.
  3. East Cloudy Head
    4 Hours Return
    Access is from the end of Cloudy Bay Road. The first 3kms of the walk is along the beach, with the remainder along a disused 4WD track. Parts of the walk are not well marked.
  4. Fluted Cape
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    2.5 Hours Return
    An extension of the Grass Point and Penguin Island walks. From Grass Point the track climbs steeply to the summit of Fluted Cape (272m), passing the very high sea cliffs. Not suitable for young children.
    For more information about this Great Short Walk, please click here.

  5. Grass Point
    1 Hour Return
    A flat track, suitable for all ages. The track commences at the end of Adventure Bay Road. The walk begins along the beach and then follows the coastline to Grass Point. Amazing views of Adventure Bay and Cape Queen Elizabeth. The walk continues to Fluted Cape.  (see Fluted Cape Walk)

  6. Mavista Nature Walk
    45 Minutes Return
    Travel south on the main road through Adventure Bay. Turn right at Lockleys Road. Travel for 2.5km then turn right at Resolution Road to Discovery Park Picnic area and the start of the Nature Walk. An easy short rainforest walk.
  7. Mt. Mangana
    1.5 Hours Return
    This walk is outside the National Park and commences from Coolangatta Road, 5kms inland from Adventure Bay. Mt. Mangana is the highest peak on Bruny Island (571m). The track ascends through the many and varied species of flora and fauna which make up this amazing rainforest.

  8. Luggaboine Circuit
    1.5 Hour Circuit
    Walk commences at the Jetty Beach camping area, located off Lighthouse Road on the way to the Cape Bruny Lightstation. Walk through coastal heath, eucalypt forest and back along the southern coastline.
  9. Labillardiere Peninsula
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    5 Hour Circuit
    Walk commences off Old Jetty Road, signposted from Lighthouse Road, on the way to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Suggested route is clockwise.
    For more information about this Great Short Walk, please click here.
  10. Nebraska Beach to Bligh Point
    10 Mins to 2 Hours
    Starting 2km south of the jetty at the right-of-way sign at Dennes Point. Discover sandstone cliffs naturally weathered into picturesque sculptures.
  11. Truganini Lookout
    15 Minutes Return
    Located at ‘The Neck’. A timber stepped boardwalk takes you to some of the most spectacular 360° panoramic views.