Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Welcome to my first post on  Let’s begin our journey with the beautiful rugged Bruny Island, the first of our travel destinationsBruny Island is located off the south-east coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Tasmania – Idyllic Sandy Beaches to Wild Rugged Coastlines

DSCN3076 Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

My family and I traveled around Tasmania in a campervan in early 2017. It is a great way to tour Tasmania as you can park almost anywhere including close to beaches and picturesque mountain scenes. Consequently, you get to capture images of sunrise and sunset to your heart’s content.

Tasmania is a small island state of Australia located south of the mainland separated by Bass Strait.  It is well known for its extensive, rugged wilderness terrain, mainly preserved as national parks and world heritage areas.

Tasmania is a place of contrasts:

  • Landscapes of tranquil beaches with dazzling white sand and azure-colored sea set against pink granite rocks on the east coast.
  • Wild rugged coastlines battered by strong westerly winds from across the Great Southern Ocean on the west coast.
  • Enjoy the company of friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle.
  • Feast on the wonderful fresh produce, delicious food and vibrant wine.
  • Be amazed by the moving history induced by notorious convict ruins.

Bruny Island

DSCN3148 Truganini Lookout, Isthmus Bay and Adventure Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Truganini Lookout, Isthmus Bay and Adventure Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Upon arrival at Hobart, we picked up our campervan conveniently located near the airport.  As the first of our travel destinations was Bruny Island, we drove to Kettering and boarded the ferry for North Bruny.  We arrived at the Mirambeena Ferry Terminal at Roberts Point on North Bruny Island. North Bruny is covered in open pastures and light bushland.

Bruny Island is located south-east of Tasmania.  It is separated from the mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, a sheltered region and a favorite fishing and recreational boating area for visitors.  Bruny Island comprises North and South Bruny connected by a long, narrow sandy isthmus called The Neck.

DSCN3149 Truganini Lookout, Adventure Bay and Isthmus Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Truganini Lookout, Adventure Bay and Isthmus Bay, Tasmania, Australia

At The Neck are timber stairs and boardwalk that lead from the sand dunes to the Truganini Lookout. Delight in the magnificent 360° panoramic views of the Bruny Island coastline.  Observe short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds) and little fairy penguins returning to their nests in the sand dunes at dusk from viewing platforms.  As we were leaving the Neck Game Reserve area, we noticed a campervan parked perpendicular to the isthmus. What a brilliant idea! Unobscured views of the spectacular sunrise and sunset from the same spot.

South Bruny is a hilly rainforest region with a large part protected within the South Bruny National Park.  Facing the Tasman Sea are two long beaches, Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay.  The majority of the park, however, is extremely rugged with towering cliffs.

Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay

DSCN3127 Cape Bruny, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Cape Bruny, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Adventure Bay is a relatively sheltered beach and a popular spot for swimming. Walks from Adventure Bay include the pleasant coastal walk on white sandy beaches with breathtaking scenery to Grass Point.  A more strenuous track leads to Fluted Cape with impressive cliffs and amazing ocean views.

Cloudy Bay lie at the far south of Bruny Island nestled inside the South Bruny National Park.  The bay consists of wild seascapes and sweeping surf beaches at one end and a hidden peaceful camping ground at the other.

At the southern tip of Bruny Island is Cape Bruny and its historic lighthouse.  Cape Bruny Lighthouse is open to the public with daily tours up the iconic landmark.  A variety of walking tracks provide stunning views of the spectacular coastline with its lofty cliffs. Walks vary from easy strolls along Cloudy Bay beach to the longer and more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit.

Sunset Bay

DSCN3140 Sunset Bay near Bruny Hotel, Alonnah, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Sunset Bay near Bruny Hotel, Alonnah, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

As we turned around and continued our journey back north, we passed the Jetty Beach camping area, Great Taylors Bay and arrived at Alonnah. Alonnah is a small township on the western side of Bruny Island facing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  After an absolutely sensational seafood dinner at Bruny Hotel, we were treated to a glorious display at Sunset Bay right next to the beachfront hotel.

We parked our campervan near Sunset Bay and stayed the night.  The next morning, we drove to Roberts Point and returned to Hobart by ferry.

Bruny Island has some of the most beautifully preserved unspoiled natural locales with abundant wildlife and fantastic cliff top views in Tasmania.  It is also a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals.  Thus, among the travel destinations in Tasmania, Bruny Island  is most definitely worth a visit.

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