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Bruny Island
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Bruny Island

Bruny Island has some of Tasmania's most beautifully preserved natural environments with abundant wildlife and stunning cliff top views.

The island is about 50 km long but appears to be two islands with North and South Bruny joined by a narrow strip of land called The Neck. This isthmus is an important habitat for native wildlife.

A highlight is South Bruny National Park, with towering cliffs overlooking long sandy beaches, coastal heathland, and underwater gardens of kelp seaweed with some amazing bushwalks to take  it all in.

The island is also a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals.

Exploring Bruny can be as quick and easy as taking a spectacular half-day boat  cruise around the island, though a longer stay reveals the many secrets of this special place.

Take time to enjoy the famous local produce; Bruny is home to producers specialising in oysters, cheese and chocolate.

There are lots of places to stay with accommodation ranging from friendly campsites to luxury beachfront retreats.

Bruny Island is accessed via a 20-min crossing on vehicular ferry from Kettering, around a 35-min drive south of Hobart. The service runs seven days a week.

Local tips

  • View the Neck from the lookout steps and check out the optical illusion that makes the sea-level appear higher on one side than the other
  • Visit or take a tour of the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, first lit in 1838. Today it’s Australia’s second oldest and longest continually staffed lighthouse
  • Go bird watching with a trained botanist, zoologist and specialist bird watching and wildlife guide.