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Your Guide to the Best Bruny Island Walks

15 May 2023
The Neck lookout on Bruny Island Tasmanian Tours

Bruny Island, an isthmus located on the south east coast of Tasmania, is the jewel of Australia, where you will find so many hidden treasures that you will want to come back time and time again. It is a natural beauty jam packed with stunning views.

It is a foodie paradise where the local produce from farmgate to cellar door, will make you feel like royalty when you find the handmade fudge, chocolate, truffles, berries, Bruny Island cheese, honey and fresh oysters. Explore the island with bush walks, coastal tracks or white sand beach strolls. Join an eco-cruise, kayak or sail boat tour to see the many fur seals, fairy penguins, albatross, white wallabies and wedge tail eagles.

How to get to Bruny Island

To get to Bruny Island after your Tasmanian adventures you can cross the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with SeaLink’s car and passenger ferries, operating 365 days a year. Travel times from Hobart locations to the ferry terminal at Kettering: Hobart Airport to Hobart – 20min, Hobart to Kingston – 15min, Hobart to Oyster Cove – 35min, Hobart to Kettering – 45min. The actual ferry ride is from 20 minutes to 70 minutes depending on your start and finish location.

Bruny Island Walks

A walk is a great way to find hidden treasures and enjoy the beautiful fresh air and windswept views of Bruny Island. Here is a summary of the best walks in time order for Bruny Island. Please note that any walks that are in South Bruny National Park require a valid park pass.

Easy to Moderate Walks

Bruny Island Adventure
  1. Truganini Lookout. 15 Minutes Return. Enjoy spectacular 360° panoramic views at ‘The Neck’ with this short walk. A timber stepped boardwalk takes you to the summit.
  2. Mavista Nature Walk. 45 Minutes Return. This is an easy rainforest walk. Follow the main road through Adventure Bay. Turn right at Lockleys Road. After 2.5km then turn right at Resolution Road to Discovery Park Picnic area, where you will find the start of the Nature Walk.
  3. Alonnah Sheepwash Track. 1 Hour Return. Walk along the foreshore between the old jetting sites above the Pontoon area at Alonnah. You will see remnants of occupation from the early 1850’s.
  4. Grass Point. 1 Hour Return. Suitable for all ages, this is a flat track. Begin at the end of Adventure Bay Road, on the beach and then follows the coastline to Grass Point. Along this walk you will have spectacular views of Adventure Bay and Cape Queen Elizabeth. The walk continues to Fluted Cape (see below for details of this harder walk).
  5. Luggaboine Circuit Walk. 1.5 Hour Circuit. Commences at the Jetty Beach camping area, located off Lighthouse Road on the way to the Cape Bruny Lightstation. This walk takes you through a eucalypt forest and returns along the southern coastline.
  6. Nebraska Beach to Bligh Point. 10 Minutes to 2 Hours. Starting 2km south of the jetty at the right-of-way sign at Dennes Point. This a beautiful walk with the highlight of the sandstone cliffs as a natural sculpture.
  7. Mt. Mangana. 1.5 Hours Return. Starting 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.

Longer and Harder Walks

  1. Fluted Cape Walk. 2.5 Hours Return. An extension of the Grass Point walk above, the track climbs steeply to the summit of Fluted Cape (272m), passing the very high sea cliffs. This walk is not suitable for young children.
  2. Labillardiere Peninsula Walk. 9 Hour Circuit. commences off Old Jetty Road, signposted from Lighthouse Road, on the way to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Suggested route is clockwise and features coastal and mountain views, sheltered bays and long stretches of sandy beaches.
  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. Cape Queen Elizabeth. 3 Hours Return. This is a leisurely walk along the 4WD track just north of the Bruny Island International Airport (air strip).

These wonderful bushwalks will provide with days of activities during your getaway to Bruny Island. After you have taken one of these amazing walks, indulge in the many cafes and wineries in this region of Southern Tasmania.

Learn more about the other highlight locations on Bruny Island by taking a look at our blog: Things to do on Bruny Island. You can visit Bruny Island as part of a longer trip to Tassie by booking a day trip. It truly is an Australian jewel.

And if you are after some more inspiration of places to see in Tasmania, take a look at our Top 5 Things to do in Tasmania blog where we let you know about other amazing sites like Cradle Mountain, World Heritage Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park and Bay of Fires.