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.
South Bruny National Park was gazetted in 1997 mainly for its wonderful coastal scenery. 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 Tasmania.
The park offers plenty of opportunities for walking, from the short stroll to the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point, to the more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit.
Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach provide safe, sheltered areas for swimming, while Cloudy Bay is a popular spot for experienced surfers.
Grass Point - 1.5 hours return.
This walk commences at the Adventure Bay entrance to the park. Parking is available at the end of Adventure Bay road. Start the walk by walking along the short beach next to the carpark and then turn left onto a track. The track is well formed, suitable for families, keeps close to the coast and is mainly flat.
Fluted Cape - 2.5 hours return.
Follow the Grass Point track to the open grassland at Penguin Island. The circular route can be taken by following the Fluted Cape circuit sign. The track climbs steeply, staying close to the coastal cliffs providing spectacular views of Fluted Cape and the more distant Tasman Peninsula. Sea eagles may be seen. Follow the signs to begin a gradual descent, returning to Adventure Bay. This walk should not be attempted by young unescorted children.
East Cloudy Head - 4 hours return.
Park at the end of Cloudy Bay Road and walk to the southern end of the beach. Turn inland along Imlays Creek. The walk follows an old 4WD track with a number of quite steep ascents and descents. Once you reach the headland you can return the way you came.
Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit - 5.5 to 6.5 hours return.
The track starts at the Jetty Beach campground and does a circuit around the peninsula. From Mt Bleak you will gain a view of Partridge Island, which protects one of the largest populations of the endangered fortyspotted pardalote. The track descends to Hopwood and Butlers Beaches and finishes at Jetty Beach.
For more information about the South Bruny National Park, visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website.
Information taken from South Bruny National Park Factsheet, courtesy Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, available here. Photos courtesy of Tourism Tasmania.