Stunning landscapes, delectable produce, and fascinating wildlife – this special island has it all.

If Tasmania is known as one of the purest and pristine places on Earth, then Bruny Island is the perfect epitome. Not only is it bursting with natural beauty, but it’s also home to incredibly diverse marine wildlife such as fairy penguins and fur seals, as well as land animals such as white wallabies and swift parrots. From sipping a glass of champagne while trying the island’s famous oysters to wandering around the lighthouse at South Bruny National Park, our Bruny Island tours and cruises and bound to show you a whole new breathtaking side of Australia. 

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Bruny Island highlights

The white tower of Cape Bruny Lighthouse against a clear, blue sky.

Explore South Bruny National Park

Let your imagination run wild among the wild seascapes and tall, luscious forests of South Bruny National Park. Beloved for its diverse coastal scenery and captivating landscapes (not to mention its famous Cape Bruny Lighthouse), a couple of hours spent wandering through the park is guaranteed to produce memories you’ll look back on for years to come. 

The luscious green landscape of Cloudy Bay under a clear, blue sky

Wander the Cloudy Bay landscape

Another must-visit location on Bruny Island is Cloudy Bay – a stunning, beachy setting that’s ideal for long walks, surfing, and humpback whale spotting. Situated in South Bruny National Park, this bay feels as if it’s in the middle of nowhere with minimal signs of human civilization, making it the perfect place to go if you need to relax your body and unwind your mind. 

The green strip of land connecting north Bruny Island to the south with crashing waves visible on either side.

Walk up to Truganini Lookout at The Neck

There are few sights on Bruny Island that are as spectacular as the view from Truganini Lookout. Located at The Neck (the isthmus connecting north Bruny Island with the south), this lookout features 180 steps and is named after a local aboriginal woman and one of the last native speakers of the Tasmanian languages, Truganini. While it can be a bit of a hike to get up there, the effort is worth it every time thanks to the 360° views at the top.   

A few plates of freshly shucked oysters served with a lemon wedge

Dine on local oysters, cheese, and wine

After all that island exploring, you’re bound to work up a healthy appetite. Thankfully, Bruny Island is one of the best places to be when you’re craving some delicious local produce. Whether you fancy nibbling on fresh oysters, sitting underneath leafy eucalyptus trees as you sample some of Tasmania’s best cheeses, or sipping on cool climate wines at a family-run vineyard, it’s safe to say your tastebuds will be satisfied on Bruny Island. 

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Bruny Island FAQs

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

There's only one way to get to Bruny Island and that's via the Bruny Island Ferry. You'll also need to take a car onto the ferry as there's no public transportation available on the island. 

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Getting around Bruny Island is basically impossible if you don't have a car as there are no public transport or car rental services, such as Uber, on the island. This means you have to drive a car onto the ferry so you can explore the different areas on the island with ease. 

Bruny Island offers a whole range of things to do all year round so there's no one 'best time' to visit. However, the most popular time to visit is during the summer season as Bruny Island enjoys warmer weather and the chance to spot fairy penguins. There will be larger crowds and low availability though, so travelling during a shoulder season (autumn or spring) can lower your costs while still providing you with a relaxing and unforgettable holiday. 

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There is an abundance of animals that live on Bruny Island and if you're fortunate enough, you'll be able to see them during your trip. We've put together a list of them below: 

  • White wallabies
  • Fairy penguins
  • Swift parrots
  • Short tail shearwaters
  • Forty spotted pardalotes

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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