Backpacking Bruny Island

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    TAKE A CRUISE AROUND THE ISLAND WITH BRUNY ISLAND CRUISES, WHO WAS VOTED ONE OF THE GREATEST 100 TRIPS OF THE WORLD BY TRAVEL & LEISURE: Photo - Joe Shemesh, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    CHECK OUT THE SPECTACULAR VIEW AT THE NECK: Photo - Geoff Murray, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    SEE SOME OF THE LOCAL WILDLIFE, SUCH AS AUSTRALIAN FUR SEALS: Photo - Glenn Gibson, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Blue Fish Productions. All rights reserved
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    EXPLORE THE RUGGED AND REMOTE LANDSCAPES, LIKE AROUND CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE: Photo - Keith Diamond, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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Bruny Island Highlights

  • Some good surfing locations are located around the island.

  • Explore South Bruny Island National Park's towering cliffs, muttonbird rookeries, gardens of kelp seaweed, long sandy beaches, local wildlife and lush rainforest.

  • At the Neck Reserve there are boardwalks and viewing platforms where you can watch short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins. There is also a lookout offering fantastic 360-degree views of the region.

  • Take a guided tour to experience many of the stunning natural highlights of the island.

About Bruny Island

Population 550

Situated very close to the mainland of Tasmania, Bruny Island has some amazing coastal scenery, excellent swimming, surfing and fishing beaches and is a great place to see wildlife, as it is a haven for native birds, fairy penguins, fur seals and many reptile species.

Bruny Island is 50 kilometres long and a narrow strip of land called The Neck joins North and South Bruny. The Neck is an important habitat for native wildlife and at the Neck Reserve there are boardwalks and viewing platforms where you can watch short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins. The Neck lookout also offers some spectacular 360-degree views of the area.

On South Bruny Island you will find South Bruny Island National Park. This place is known for its wonderful coastal scenery, which comprises towering cliffs, muttonbird rookeries, gardens of kelp seaweed, lush rainforest and long sandy beaches.

There are several small villages on the island. The main ones are Adventure Bay on the East Coast and Alonnah on the western side of the island. You will find basic services and facilities at these places.

If you are a lover of nature and wildlife, then Bruny Island is a worthwhile place to visit.

Orientation Map for Bruny Island


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Bruny D'Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre

Ferry Terminal
Kettering (just on the mainland from Bruny Island), Tasmania
Phone (03) 6267 4494
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