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.