Beautiful Bruny Island
The Neck connects North and South Bruny island
South Bruny National Park
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This park lies at the southern tip of Bruny Island off the southeast coast of Tasmania. The park encompasses all of the coastline and some of the hinterland between Fluted Cape and the southern part of Great Taylors Bay.
South Bruny National Park was gazetted in 1997 mainly for its wonderful coastal scenery. Much of the coast is comprised of towering cliffs, muttonbird rookeries, gardens of kelp seaweed and long sandy beaches. In some areas the park extends several kilometres back from the coastline, where lush rainforest may be found containing several endemic plant species (plants unique to Tasmania). The popularity of South Bruny National Park as a tourist destination is enhanced by its abundant birdlife, coastal heathland and its prominent place in the history of Tasmania.
The park offers plenty of opportunities for walking, from the short stroll to the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point, to the more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit.
Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach provide safe, sheltered areas for swimming, while Cloudy Bay is a popular spot for experienced surfers.
Bruny Island's attractions include magnificent coastlines, sheer cliffs and long white beaches that are excellent for swimming, boating and fishing. There are also beautiful forest drives, walks and historic areas to visit.
A passenger and vehicle ferry departs from Kettering, 40kms south of Hobart, at regular intervals, and arrives at Roberts Point (Grid Ref 230230) on Bruny Island. Although roads
A map of Bruny Island can be downloaded here.
Places to visit
The Neck Penguin Colony
The easily accessed colony of Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters is best visited on dusk when in summer months hundreds of Shearwaters and penguins return to nesting burrows after feeding by day at sea. A torch covered with red cellophane is desirable to get views of penguin chicks from the well constructed viewing platforms. A Park Ranger conducts nightly tours at dusk.
Cape Queen Elizabeth
This 3 hour return walk takes in excellent views of the coast and an opportunity to see the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote in the canopy of the white gums at Cape Queen Elizabeth is worthwhile for those keen bird observers.We also saw the Beautiful Firetail on the track just before the log in station.
This area is full of history, being the site of the first landing by Abel Tasman in 1640 and visited later by James Cook in 1776.
An excellent museum displays records and documentation of the early explorers. This area was the site of the first whaling operations in the early 1800's.
Bruny Island Charters
This cruise is available at 11am daily and takes in spectacular views of the rock formations along the coast and the bird and seal colonies of the Friars rocks at the south of the island. The boat is very comfortable and the operators are knowledgeable in the wildlife and geological features of the area. At $92 per head it is not a cheap day out, but something well worth including in your visit. In my opinion it would rate in the top eco tours in the world.
Alonnah is the community centre of the island, housing the School, Police Station, National Park Office, General Store and Hotel.
This lighthouse is the 2nd oldest on the Australian coastline being commissioned in 1844
Jetty Beach has pit toilets and many private and group areas for camping. Two walks are planned in this area. A 2 hour walk that takes in a diverse range of coastal heath land and eucalypt as well as a more extensive walk of 5 hours that covers the whole of the coastal area.. See current National Park guidelines for details.
Barnes Bay is one of the best anchorages in Tasmania due to the shelter available from any weather conditions. A deep anchorage and relatively unspoiled eucalypt coastline makes this very special. This is a very pretty place to visit. There is an off road free camping area on the point along from the boat launching area.
I managed to see 8 of the 9 endemic species of birds on this trip to the island.
I found a colony of Forty-spotted Pardalotes in a eucalypt gully 1 km along the Apollo Bay Rd. -the 1st turn right from the Ferry landing. This is a special viewing area, as the accessible area is a deep gully and walking along the top of the gully brings the canopy of the trees easily within view. A distinctive sound of the Forty-spotted Pardalote is a bill clicking when gathering food. Their call (soft double note) is similar to the Spotted Pardalote but much softer.
The Crescent Honeyeater and the Strong-billed Honeyeater were also observed in this area.