Bruny Island, Tasmania

 Australia

Explore the breathtaking natural beauty of Bruny Island, a gem of Tasmania located only one hour from Hobart.

Trip duration:
3 days

Challenge duration:
3 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
September to June

Accommodation:
4.5 star lodge, twin-share

Hiking Bruny Island

On this exhilarating adventure, you will spend three days hiking through vast stretches of native forest, seemingly endless beaches and towering sea cliffs.

The birdlife here is diverse, with many rare and endangered species calling Bruny Island home. You’ll explore both the popular and lesser-known highlights of the island, including hiking to the edge of the Fluted Cave, and climbing to the summit of Mt Mangana, the highest point on the island.

People sitting around campfire in the evening a distance away from a house
View of Bruny Island coastline track

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek for five days on some of the best trails in Tasmania
  • See highlights of Bruny Island including Fluted Cape, Mt Mangana (the highest point on the island) and Queen Cape Elizabeth Track
  • Experience the world-renowned food scene and support local businesses
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Hobart - Fluted Cape Circuit & The Neck Lookout

Our adventure begins! Meet your guide and the rest of your team at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart CBD at 8.00am, to catch the morning ferry from Kettering across to North Bruny. We’ll make a stop at the Bruny Island Cheese Company for a coffee and our first team briefing. It is also the home of the Bruny Island Beer Company, so whilst you are here you may wish to pick up some local brews. We will then drive south along the isthmus that connects the northern and southern parts of the island, and enjoy a short walk to the Neck Lookout via a set of wooden stairs. This vantage point provides us with a stunning outlook to many parts of the island that we will be exploring in the coming days. It’s then onto the small township of Adventure Bay, from where we will begin the Fluted Cape Circuit, a gradual climb to the highest point on the cape. On a clear day the views extend as far as the Tasman Peninsula. Open views continue as we descend through eucalyptus and she-oak forest to Grass Point and Penguin Island. On the final stretch, keep your eyes peeled for a family of white Bennett’s wallabies that reside in the area. This evening we arrive at our accommodation and relax amongst the magnificent surroundings.

Trekking Distance: 6km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Mt Mangana, Mavista Rainforest, Cape Bruny Lighthouse & Luggaboine Circuit

Following breakfast, we depart for the day for a series of short walks across the southern half of the island, which showcase the great diversity of the local ecosystems.  We begin with a trek through a pocket of enchanting wet rainforest. Towering eucalyptus, blackwoods and tree ferns dominate, as they do for much of the eastern part of the island. We return to the bus and continue on to the Mt Mangana walk, taking us through more native forest to the highest point of the island at 571m. From the summit, enjoy a far-reaching view across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. In the afternoon we explore the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse and the tops of the surrounding escarpment which falls away to the ocean. We finish our day with a relaxing 1 ½ hour circuit on the Labillardiere Peninsula, known for its prevalence of native birdlife. This evening we return to our accommodation for a two-course dinner prepared by your guides.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cape Queen Elizabeth Track - return to Hobart

This morning we pack up and depart our accommodation for the final time. Today we journey north- back across The Neck to take in the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track. The track features pristine beaches and rocky bluffs, an opportunity to begin to wind down from our adventure together. Along the way we will pass Big Lagoon and Little Lagoon, where it is common to spot resident water birds. We soon reach a long stretch of white sandy beach, before heading through coastal dunes to Miles Beach, with its magnificent rock formations. From the end of the track, we take in the stunning views out across Adventure Bay before turning back the same way until we reach the bus. From here it’s only a short drive back to the ferry terminal, and an hour further to Hobart. We’ll arrive back to Hobart around 4pm, with drop-offs at the airport and the CBD.

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Our adventure begins! Meet your guide and the rest of your team at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart CBD at 8.00am, to catch the morning ferry from Kettering across to North Bruny. We’ll make a stop at the Bruny Island Cheese Company for a coffee and our first team briefing. It is also the home of the Bruny Island Beer Company, so whilst you are here you may wish to pick up some local brews. We will then drive south along the isthmus that connects the northern and southern parts of the island, and enjoy a short walk to the Neck Lookout via a set of wooden stairs. This vantage point provides us with a stunning outlook to many parts of the island that we will be exploring in the coming days. It’s then onto the small township of Adventure Bay, from where we will begin the Fluted Cape Circuit, a gradual climb to the highest point on the cape. On a clear day the views extend as far as the Tasman Peninsula. Open views continue as we descend through eucalyptus and she-oak forest to Grass Point and Penguin Island. On the final stretch, keep your eyes peeled for a family of white Bennett’s wallabies that reside in the area. This evening we arrive at our accommodation and relax amongst the magnificent surroundings.

Trekking Distance: 6km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, we depart for the day for a series of short walks across the southern half of the island, which showcase the great diversity of the local ecosystems.  We begin with a trek through a pocket of enchanting wet rainforest. Towering eucalyptus, blackwoods and tree ferns dominate, as they do for much of the eastern part of the island. We return to the bus and continue on to the Mt Mangana walk, taking us through more native forest to the highest point of the island at 571m. From the summit, enjoy a far-reaching view across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. In the afternoon we explore the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse and the tops of the surrounding escarpment which falls away to the ocean. We finish our day with a relaxing 1 ½ hour circuit on the Labillardiere Peninsula, known for its prevalence of native birdlife. This evening we return to our accommodation for a two-course dinner prepared by your guides.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

This morning we pack up and depart our accommodation for the final time. Today we journey north- back across The Neck to take in the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track. The track features pristine beaches and rocky bluffs, an opportunity to begin to wind down from our adventure together. Along the way we will pass Big Lagoon and Little Lagoon, where it is common to spot resident water birds. We soon reach a long stretch of white sandy beach, before heading through coastal dunes to Miles Beach, with its magnificent rock formations. From the end of the track, we take in the stunning views out across Adventure Bay before turning back the same way until we reach the bus. From here it’s only a short drive back to the ferry terminal, and an hour further to Hobart. We’ll arrive back to Hobart around 4pm, with drop-offs at the airport and the CBD.

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Bruny Island trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and Training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

On this trek, you’ll be staying at Bruny Island Lodge, a five-bedroom timber house filled with character. There are four bathrooms, five toilets and a large kitchen shared between our group. A timber deck wraps about the building, and a fireplace awaits you inside. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental. Lunch varies from day to day, but includes things like meat, salad, bread and wraps, roast chicken and salad or quiche. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides (unless it is specified that we will be dining out). The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

Bruny Island has a cool temperate climate. During the summer months, the average maximum temperature is 23°C, with an average minimum of 12°C. In the winter months, the temperatures get down to 13°C during the day, and 4°C at night. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

  • Generally, the travel cost includes: 
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star lodge based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre- & post-tour accommodation in Hobart 
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Bruny Island trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and Training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

On this trek, you’ll be staying at Bruny Island Lodge, a five-bedroom timber house filled with character. There are four bathrooms, five toilets and a large kitchen shared between our group. A timber deck wraps about the building, and a fireplace awaits you inside. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental. Lunch varies from day to day, but includes things like meat, salad, bread and wraps, roast chicken and salad or quiche. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides (unless it is specified that we will be dining out). The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

Bruny Island has a cool temperate climate. During the summer months, the average maximum temperature is 23°C, with an average minimum of 12°C. In the winter months, the temperatures get down to 13°C during the day, and 4°C at night. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star lodge based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre- & post-tour accommodation in Hobart 
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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