South Bruny National Park
South Bruny National Park features a spectacular landscape of towering sea cliffs and coastline wrapped around a lush natural rainforest sanctuary for wildlife. Located at the southern tip of Bruny Island, the park provides a home for several endangered plants and animals.
The abundant bird population includes the threatened hooded plover, swift parrot, ground parrot, and forty-spotted pardalote. The coast is dotted with mutton bird (short-tail shearwater) and penguin rookeries.
Other residents include echidnas, possums, pademelons, Bennetts wallabies, and a small population of striking white Bennetts wallabies that you can see feeding at dusk in the open paddocks around the Fluted Cape entrance to the park.
The park contains rich Eucalypt forests, coastal scrub and heathland and supports rare and endemic plant species including several orchids that can be seen flowering in spring.
South Bruny also contains evidence of Aboriginal and settler life. Bruny Island - or Lunnawannalonna - is the traditional home of the Nuenonne band of the South East tribe of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. This group were permanent residents of the island and the park contains many important Aboriginal sites in the form of middens, quarries, artefact scatters and stone arrangements on the coastline.
The Cape Bruny Lighthouse, found at the island's southern end, is the second-oldest and longest continually staffed lighthouse in Australia.
South Bruny is a walker's paradise, with options ranging from easy strolls to challenging climbs. The Grass Point walk visits the ruins of a whaling station – and if you're lucky you might see a migrating Southern Right Whale passing by from June to October.
The Fluted Cape walk is a steep climb along the dolerite sea cliffs with spectacular views of the cape and the Tasman Peninsula in the distance while the hard yards of the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit reward with magnificent coastal views.
Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach are sheltered, picturesque spots for swimming and Cloudy Bay is a popular spot with experienced surfers.
Camping and accommodation
Camping is permitted at Cloudy Bay, Jetty Beach and Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.
As Bruny Island is a popular holiday destination, there's commercial accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, including a caravan park at Adventure Bay.
Drive 40 minutes south of Hobart to Kettering then take a 30-minute car ferry across the D'Entrecasteux Channel to the island.