Bruny Island

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesKettering
FinishKettering
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome 
Distance182.21 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed50.39 km/hr
Driving Time3 hrs 36 mins
Page Updated: 22 Oct 2008

Description

Bruny Island is Tasmania’s fourth largest island and has over 300kms of coastline and roads providing plenty of places to visit and endless things to see and do. The island caters for all individuals - walking tracks for those fit and adventurous to penguin watching for nature enthusiasts. It is a beautiful island, rich with history and culture, and varied with flora and fauna, and geological landscapes. Most of Bruny Island is good gravel road and the majority of Bruny’s attractions are on South Bruny, which is a rugged, mountainous and heavily timbered region. South Bruny National Park is wild with spectacular views, with some parts only accessible by walking or 4WD.

After crossing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel by vehicular ferry from Kettering, the first interesting landmark you will meet is the narrow neck or isthmus dividing the north and south areas of the island. There is a good lookout a short walk from the car park showing good views of the island and just how narrow the neck is. This is also a good place to watch the fairy penguins just before dark and is usually best on a moonlit night otherwise they are hard to spot.

From the neck, head towards the east coast of South Bruny and follow the signs to Adventure Bay and the Fluted Cape walk at the end of the Adventure Bay township. The Fluted Cape walk is a good 2 - 2½ hours walk and provides an excellent history of the island, its whaling days, and great views back to North Bruny and the Tasman Peninsula. A word of warning though - the return part of the walk is steep!

From Adventure Bay, keep your eyes peeled for the sign to Lunawanna. This is the lesser known route to the Eastern side of South Bruny and is a fairly rough gravel road about 8kms in length with some pretty rainforests and a couple of good lookout points along the way. The gravel road meets bitumen again and you head south and follow the signs to Cloudy Bay. Here you can camp at the Pines or Cloudy Beach camp (both signposted and National Park areas). The beach camp maybe a good option (4wd only) when the wind is off-shore. Cloudy Bay is also noted as a good fishing and surfing spot if you can stand the Southern ocean temperatures. You can explore South Bruny further by heading out to Cape Bruny and the Jetty Beach Camp if you’d like to extend your visit to Bruny further.

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Environment

Bruny Island is actually made up of two islands - North Bruny and South Bruny separated by a long and narrow sandy isthmus. North Bruny is drier and is well suited to sheep farming whilst South Bruny is more mountainous and has large areas of rain forest in addition to sandy heath. Both areas have spectacular scenery with wonderful, deserted beaches and abundant wildlife. The coastline of Bruny Island consists of cliffs and headlands broken up by beaches such as Cloudy Bay.

Around many of Bruny Island’s settlements, much of the landscape is covered in grazing fields and large tracts of dry eucalyptus forest. Inland, forests continue to be logged, but other large sections - mostly along the south-eastern coast, the forests are preserved as the South Bruny National Park. Many native and diverse plant species are found inside the park. These range from predominantly dry sclerophyll forests, heath-lads and coastal vegetation to wet eucalypt forests and pockets of rainforest at Mt Bruny and Fluted Cape.

The park provides key habitat for bird life such as the endangered forty-spotted pardalote, which enjoys refuge in White gums. Blue gums on the other hand provide nectar which swift parrots depend on. Over 120 bird species have been recorded on the island. Near the coast, the tiny hooded plover usually frequents the beaches. There are also colonies of shearwaters and fairy penguins, especially in the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve. The surrounding marine environment is home to seals, dolphins and whales.

History

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman made a landing in the vicinity of the island in November 1642. In 1773 Tobias Furneaux, who was exploring the coastline with James Cook, anchored his vessel off the coast. On 26 January 1777, Cook sailed the Resolution and the Discovery into Adventure Bay and stayed there for two days. In 1788 and again in 1792 William Bligh anchored in Adventure Bay.

Bruny Island and the channel between the island and the mainland were named after French explorer Bruni d'Entrecasteaux who explored the area in 1792. It was known as Bruni Island until 1918, when the spelling was changed to Bruny. The island was originally inhabited by Aborigines who named it Alonnah Lunawanna. This traditional name now survives as the name of two island settlements, Alonnah and Lunawanna. In more recent history, Bruny Island was the site of a land transfer by the state Government to local Aboriginal people.

Preparation

There are a number of long sections of road on Bruny Island which are unsealed, but are typically suitable for 2WD vehicles and even bicycles. There are tracks that may take you to secluded camping spots so get yourself a good updated map of the island to learn about the roads and tracks which are suitable for your vehicle. Since there’s over 200kms of roads on the island, ensure you carry enough fuel as there are only several settlements on the island that stock fuel supplies. If you are planning to trek through some of Bruny Island’s many walk tracks, be sure to carry plenty of water as well as: food, sunscreen, hat, adequate hiking boots and clothing, and preferably a handheld GPS to assist with navigation.

Permits

National Parks Passes

Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania's National Parks. There are a few options available and they include: Daily, Holiday, Annual, Annual Renewal, and Two Year Park Pass. It is a good idea to seek out the pass that best suits your travel plan. For example, visitors to the State may consider the ‘Holiday Pass’ because it provides entry to all Tasmania’s National Parks for up to two months.

For the current fees, please click National Parks Passes

Bruny Island Ferry Prices for Vehicles less than 5 metres:

Normal Fares

$25 for visitors, $12 for visitor pensioners, and $17 for visitors with a Seniors Card.

Peak Fares

$30 for visitors, $12 for visitor pensioners, and $19 for visitors with a Seniors Card.

Please Note: Peak fares apply on Public Holidays and Public Holiday weekends only. They do not apply on a normal weekend. The fare includes the return trip. Passengers in vehicles and pedestrians travel free of charge. Pensioner and seniors discounts only apply to vehicles less than 6 metres. Patrons are advised to be at the terminal at least ten (10) minutes before the advertised departure time.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolLunawanna.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 26 litres4cyl 29 litres4cyl 36 litres
6cyl 28 litres6cyl 33 litres6cyl 32 litres
8cyl 28 litres8cyl 30 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to travel is during the warmer months since the winter mornings and nights can get very cold.

Closest Climatic Station

Bull Bay (Lauriston)
Distance from Trek Mid Point 10.21km NE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C21.221.219.717.315.012.612.513.314.716.517.919.8
Mean Min. °C12.212.511.49.68.16.05.86.06.78.19.310.6
Mean Rain mm49.342.344.449.140.847.453.056.655.755.652.060.4
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Lunawanna, Bruny Hotel

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Kettering to Bruny Island Ferry Terminal (Mainland)0.63 kmE68°
Bruny Island Ferry Terminal (Mainland) to Bruny Island Ferry Terminal3.38 kmSE124° 13 min
Bruny Island Ferry Terminal to Lennon Rd & Missionary Rd6.92 kmE92° 6 min
Lennon Rd & Missionary Rd to Lennon Rd & Bruny Island Main Rd1.41 kmE106° 1 min
Lennon Rd & Bruny Island Main Rd to Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Northern Point)3.15 kmS169° 2 min
Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Northern Point) to Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Southern Point)3.58 kmS169° 4 min
Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Southern Point) to Truganinni Lookout and Fairy Penguin Viewing Platform8.84 kmSW203° 7 min
Truganinni Lookout and Fairy Penguin Viewing Platform to Neck Beach0.49 kmSW203°
Neck Beach to Bruny Island Main Rd & Lutregala Rd2.06 kmSW218° 2 min
Bruny Island Main Rd & Lutregala Rd to The Neck Campground0.55 kmS197° 1 min
The Neck Campground to Bruny Island Main Rd & Lutregala Rd0.55 kmN17° 1 min
Bruny Island Main Rd & Lutregala Rd to Bruny Island Main Rd & Adventure Bay Rd3.16 kmSW210° 2 min
Bruny Island Main Rd & Adventure Bay Rd to Coal Point16.9 kmSE157° 20 min
Coal Point to Adventure Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd2.42 kmS180° 2 min
Adventure Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd to Adventure Bay0.87 kmS164° 1 min
Adventure Bay to Fluted Cape (Park Entrance)2.24 kmSE119° 3 min
Fluted Cape (Park Entrance) to Adventure Bay2.24 kmNW299° 3 min
Adventure Bay to Adventure Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd0.87 kmN344° 1 min
Adventure Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd to Adventure Bay Lookout3.68 kmW248° 6 min
Adventure Bay Lookout to Mt Mangana Walk0.96 kmNW310° 1 min
Mt Mangana Walk to Cloudy Bay Lookout1.67 kmSW215° 1 min
Cloudy Bay Lookout to Coolangatta Rd & Clennetts Link1.64 kmSW237° 2 min
Coolangatta Rd & Clennetts Link to Cloudy Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd2.03 kmW267° 2 min
Cloudy Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd to Pines Campground7.74 kmS178° 8 min
Pines Campground to Cloudy Bay Road & Beach Access0.63 kmSW230°
Cloudy Bay Road & Beach Access to Cloudy Corner Camp Area3.2 kmS163° 4 min
Cloudy Corner Camp Area to Cloudy Bay Road & Beach Access3.2 kmN343° 4 min
Cloudy Bay Road & Beach Access to Pines Campground0.63 kmNE50°
Pines Campground to Cloudy Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd7.74 kmN358° 8 min
Cloudy Bay Rd & Coolangatta Rd to Lunawanna1.22 kmNW318° 1 min
Lunawanna to Mabel Bay Lookout12.4 kmS198° 12 min
Mabel Bay Lookout to The Friars Lookout1.39 kmSW229° 1 min
The Friars Lookout to Lookout to Cape Bruny Lighthouse 1.96 kmSW240° 2 min
Lookout to Cape Bruny Lighthouse to Lighthouse Rd & Old Jetty Rd0.92 kmW257° 1 min
Lighthouse Rd & Old Jetty Rd to Cape Bruny Lighthouse1.46 kmS201° 2 min
Cape Bruny Lighthouse to Lighthouse Rd & Old Jetty Rd1.46 kmN21° 2 min
Lighthouse Rd & Old Jetty Rd to Jetty Beach Campground2.26 kmN3 min
Jetty Beach Campground to Lighthouse Rd & Old Jetty Rd2.26 kmS186° 3 min
Lighthouse Rd & Old Jetty Rd to Lookout to Cape Bruny Lighthouse 0.92 kmE77° 1 min
Lookout to Cape Bruny Lighthouse to The Friars Lookout1.96 kmNE60° 2 min
The Friars Lookout to Mabel Bay Lookout1.39 kmNE49° 1 min
Mabel Bay Lookout to Lunawanna12.4 kmN18° 12 min
Lunawanna to Bruny Hotel5.67 kmN6 min
Bruny Hotel to Bruny Island Main Rd & Adventure Bay Rd6.37 kmE78° 5 min
Bruny Island Main Rd & Adventure Bay Rd to Bruny Island Main Rd & Lutregala Rd3.16 kmNE30° 2 min
Bruny Island Main Rd & Lutregala Rd to Truganinni Lookout and Fairy Penguin Viewing Platform3.69 kmNE35° 4 min
Truganinni Lookout and Fairy Penguin Viewing Platform to Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Southern Point)8.84 kmNE23° 7 min
Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Southern Point) to Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Northern Point)3.58 kmN349° 4 min
Bruny Island Main Rd (Dirt Road - Northern Point) to Lennon Rd & Bruny Island Main Rd3.15 kmN349° 2 min
Lennon Rd & Bruny Island Main Rd to Lennon Rd & Missionary Rd1.41 kmW286° 1 min
Lennon Rd & Missionary Rd to Bruny Island Ferry Terminal6.92 kmW272° 6 min
Bruny Island Ferry Terminal to Bruny Island Ferry Terminal (Mainland)3.38 kmNW304° 13 min
Bruny Island Ferry Terminal (Mainland) to Kettering0.63 kmW248°
Kettering to Kettering182.21 km  3 hr 36 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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