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South Bruny National Park

Activities

Campgrounds

Camping areas are located at Cloudy Bay (the Pines and Cloudy Corner), and Jetty Beach. All have pit toilets, limited water and fireplaces. Firewood is not supplied so please bring your own or use a fuel stove. Camp grounds have no rubbish collection so please take your rubbish with you.

There is also a campsite at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve, with pit toilets and limited water.

See Camping and Cabin Fees for further details.

Park entry fees apply to all national parks. Passes are available from the D'Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre at Kettering, the Adventure Bay shop and the self registration booth at Lighthouse Road (Mable Bay), the Pines Camping Area and Cloudy Corner Camping Area. The money raised will be used to maintain and develop South Bruny National Park facilities.


The Friars

The spectacular Friars can be seen by boat

Boating

As there are no ramps in the park, boats can be launched from the beaches when necessary. The jetty on Partridge Island should only be used for landing and disembarking - no mooring is permitted. Please avoid birds on the beach, especially between September and March when they are breeding.

Swimming and surfing

Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach provide safe, sheltered areas for swimming. Cloudy Bay is a popular spot for experienced surfers - watch the rips!

Birdwatching

The coast, bush and open pastures of South Bruny National Park provide a range of habitat for birdlife. Over 120 species have been recorded on the island including the tawny-crowned honeyeater, Australasian gannet and ground parrot.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Australia's second oldest  and longest continually staffed lighthouse lies at the end of Lighthouse Road (C629). The lighthouse grounds are open for inspection. See our Visitors Guides to Historic Places for further details.

Walks

Important! Before planning any walks, be sure to check the weather. A good map is useful.

A variety of walking tracks within South Bruny National Park provide breathtaking views of the spectacular coastline with its towering cliffs. Walks vary from pleasant strolls along Cloudy Bay beach to the longer and more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit.

Short walks

Grass Point - 1 1 /2 hours return

This walk commences at the Adventure Bay entrance to the National Park. There is parking available at the very end of Adventure Bay road. Start the walk by going along the short beach next to the carpark and turn left. The track is well formed, suitable for families, keeps close to the coast and is mainly flat with a few gentle ups and downs. Grass Point is an open grassland where there are visible remains of structures associated with the bay whaling industry. Captain Kelly's whaling station was recently the subject of archaeological research. Southern Right Whales have returned to Adventure Bay and can be seen during migration times, heading north from June to September and south from September to late October, along this section of the coast.

Fluted Cape - 2 1/2 hours return

Follow the Grass Point track until you reach the open grassland at Penguin Island. The circular route can be taken by following the Fluted Cape circuit sign. The track climbs steeply, staying close to the coastal cliffs providing spectacular views of Fluted Cape and the more distant Tasman Peninsula. Sea eagles may be seen along the cape soaring in the thermals. After about 50 minutes you will reach a sign that says 'Fluted Cape return via circuit' where you begin a gradual descent returning to Adventure Bay. (This walk should not be attempted by young unescorted children).

Day walks

East Cloudy Head (shorter trip) - 4 hours return

Park at the end of Cloudy Bay Road and walk about 45 minutes until you reach the southern end of the beach. Turn inland along Imlays Creek which you cross a number of times over 100 metres in distance until you reach a 4WD track. The walk follows the old 4WD track with a number of quite steep ascents and descents. Once you reach the headland return the way you came.

Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit - 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours return

The track starts at the Jetty Beach campground and does a circuit around the peninsula. The track can be walked in either direction but for unobscured views of the magnificent coastline it is recommended commencing the walk on the western side.

Once you have climbed Mt Bleak you will gain a view of Partridge Island, which protects one of the largest populations of the endangered forty-spotted pardalote. From Mt Bleak the track descends to Hopwood and Butlers Beaches and from here it is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours walk through light forest to finish at Jetty Beach. At Jetty Beach you can see the remains of the first jetty on the island, constructed in 1860 to supply the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.