South Bruny National Park lies at the southern tip of Bruny Island
off the southeast coast of Tasmania. The park encompasses all of the
coastline and some of the hinterland between Fluted Cape and the
southern part of Great Taylors Bay.
Much of the coast is comprised of towering cliffs, muttonbird
rookeries, gardens of kelp seaweed and long sandy beaches. In some
areas the park extends several kilometres back from the coastline,
where lush rainforest may be found containing several endemic plant
species (plants unique to Tasmania). The popularity of South Bruny
National Park as a tourist destination is enhanced by its abundant
birdlife, coastal heathland and its prominent place in the history of
Most animals in the park are nocturnal, however short-beaked
echidnas are active in daytime, making them easier to see. One of
earliest echidna specimens was collected in 1792 at Adventure Bay.
Captain Bligh both drew and described this pecular animal. In the
evening brushtail possums, Tasmanian pademelons and Bennetts wallabies
are often seen. Around the Fluted Cape entrance to the park a small and
unusual population of white Bennetts wallabies may be seen feeding in
the open paddocks at dusk.
The surrounding marine environment is home to seals and whales. The
Australian fur seal, the most common seal in Tasmanian waters, can be
seen around The Friars. If you are lucky enough you may encounter a
rare visitor to the park, a leopard seal that has come ashore to rest.
Leopard seals are the only seal to regularly prey on warm-blooded
animals such as penguins, birds and other seals. Two whale species, the
humpback and the threatened southern right whale, also frequent the
Adventure Bay area. They are attracted to this area because it is
shallow and protected.
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Camping areas are located at Cloudy Bay (the Pines and Cloudy
Corner), and Jetty Beach. All have pit toilets, limited water and
Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach provide safe, sheltered areas for
swimming, while Cloudy Bay is a popular spot for experienced surfers.
As there are no ramps in the park, boats can be launched from the
beaches when necessary. The jetty on Partridge Island should only be
used for landing and disembarking - no mooring is permitted. Please
avoid birds on the beach, especially between September and March when
they are breeding.
A variety of walking tracks within South Bruny National Park provide
breathtaking views of the spectacular coastline with its towering
cliffs. Walks vary from pleasant strolls along Cloudy Bay beach to the
longer and more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit. More >>