Young family at Grass Point, South Bruny National Park.
Grass Point, South Bruny National Park (photograph: Chris Crerar)

South Bruny National Park

Wild seascapes, rich birdlife, and tall forests.

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​There is something about Bruny Island that captures the imagination of those who visit and no place is this more evident than in South Bruny National Park – a place beloved for its striking landscapes and diverse coastal scenery.

South Bruny National Park’s towering cliffs are a spectacle set against the wild Southern Ocean. Atop one of the southern headlands is Cape Bruny Lighthouse, first lit in 1838 and today offering a fascinating insight into the history of this rugged coastline. Nearby Cloudy Bay is popular with surfers and ideal for long walks on the beach. You may even find yourself watching southern right and humpback whales on their annual migration as you explore the beaches and headlands of South Bruny.

Discovering the park on foot provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the landscape – an experience enhanced by plentiful birdlife, coastal heathland and sweeping vistas. A visit to the short-tailed shearwater and little penguin colonies at the Bruny Neck is sure to be a highlight, not least for its iconic isthmus views.

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With beautiful walks along the coastline, lush rainforest to explore, and a rich history, South Bruny National Park is packed with remarkable experiences that will make your visit here a memorable one.

Situated at the southern tip of Bruny Island, and encompassing all of the coastline as well as some of the land between Fluted Cape and Great Taylor's Bay, the park offers numerous opportunities for walkers of all abilities. From the family-friendly track to an old whaling station at Grass Point, to the more challenging six-hour circuit on Labillardiere Peninsula, you can expect to see beautiful coastal scenery, abundant birdlife, and colourful patches of wildflowers and orchids.

Fluted Cape Track, one of the 60 Great Short Walks, provides the chance to spot sea eagles overhead, but the track is steep and there are unprotected cliff edges, so it's best left to experienced walkers. Even if you're not tackling the track, keep an eye out around the Fluted Cape entrance to the park for Bruny's unique white wallabies feeding in the paddocks at dusk.

Other species to watch out for as you make your way around the island include pademelons​, echidnas, wombats and brush-tailed possums. Bird-enthusiasts will enjoy the prospect of seeing swift parrots or hooded plovers, just two of the 120 bird species recorded on the island, and there are short-tailed shearwater and penguin rookeries dotted along the coastline. During migration season, there's a chance you'll spot humpback or southern right whales in the shallow, protected waters of Adventure Bay. 

Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach are both lovely stretches of sand that provide safe, sheltered spots for swimming, while Cloudy Bay is a popular destination for experienced surfers. Beaches are unpatrolled, and surfers should be mindful of strong rips.

To learn about some of the island's history, and admire the towering dolerite cliffs, head to Cape Bruny. The Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse in Australia, and tours are available. Alternatively, explore the grounds and take some time to look out over the spectacular Southern Ocean, knowing the next stop south is Antarctica.

Camping is available within the park. For more details see Camping in South Bruny National Park. ​

Experiences in South Bruny National Park

South Bruny National Park

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Tour the grounds of Australia’s second oldest lighthouse and enjoy sweeping views of the ocean at Cape Bruny in the South Bruny National Park.

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East Cloudy Head

A long stretch of windswept beach and panoramic coastal views make East Cloudy Head a must-do walk in South Bruny National Park.

4 hours return, 12km, Grade 4
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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South Bruny National Park

Fluted Cape

A rich history, spectacular scenery, close-up wildlife and a variety or walking opportunities make Bruny Island a wonderful destination. You can see a lot on a day trip but, if you can, stay overnight as there’s plenty to see and do. The Grass Point walk is easy, will suit children and features some stunning coastal scenery.

2.5 hours return, 4km, walk clockwise only. A shorter, easier walk to Grass Point is also an option, Grade 4
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Grass Point

Located within South Bruny National Park, the walk to Grass Point is an easy track which offers spectacular coastal views and a peek at the ruins of an old whaling station.

1.5 hours return, 4km return, Grade 2
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Labillardiere Peninsula

This track circuits the Labillardiere Peninsula, within the South Bruny National Park, one of the more remote corners of Bruny Island. The coastal and bush walk provides some great views of the Southern Ranges.

5 hours circuit, 14km return, Grade 4
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Accommodation

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  • South Bruny camping

Enjoy beautiful views and easy access to the beach from a number of campgrounds in South Bruny National Park.

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South Bruny camping