Bruny offers a diverse variety of wilderness, wildlife, walking tracks and magnificent views from every point you turn.
Bruny Island is historically significant and was inhabited for thousands of years by Aborigines before the seafaring European captains Tasman, Cook, Bligh and Furneaux arrived.
Bruny Island is actually two islands, 50 kilometres long and linked by a narrow isthmus of sand dunes called The Neck. North Bruny is extensively farmed and flat, while South Bruny is much wilder and has a range of hills running along its spine forming a national park. The highest point, at 571 metres, is Mount Mangana which has wonderful views of Adventure Bay and The Neck, Cloudy Bay, D'Entrecasteaux Channel, the lighthouse and, on clear days, Tasmania's southern-most tip.
Bruny offers such a diverse variety of wilderness it lured biologist, Dr Tonia Cochran, from the mainland. She is so passionate about the island, she runs Inala Tours and Accommodation, raising funds for her relentless rehabilitation and conservation work.
Many plants are totally endemic, and quite a few are left over from ancient Gondwanaland, surviving thousands of years after the lands split. You can marvel at the cool, temperate rainforest of myrtle, sassafrass, celery-top pines and leatherwood.
The wilderness has an ancient feel and has mossy depths and wet fern gullies on the Mavista Track. Coastlines are extremely rugged, sporting Jurassic rock formations. The wide oceanic beach of Cloudy Bay is the last stop before Antarctica.
Bird and marine life is rich, boasting species of goshawk, eagles, albatrosses, gannets, mutton birds, fur seals, whales and dolphins. There are also Tasmanian echidnas (which are furrier than their mainland cousins), nocturnal marsupials, albino wallabies, possums and quolls which have thrived in Bruny's isolation. According to Tonia, there are 140 species of bird on the island.
Cloudy Bay has wonderful crystal water and is the site of Australia's oldest manned lighthouse. Colonial architect John Lee Archer designed the structure, which stands on the Labilliardiere Peninsula. It was built from local stone by convict labour in 1836.
Cape Queen Elizabeth is at the northern end of Adventure Bay and is a 45 minute walk from the road. It has breathtaking views and a beautiful wide stretch of beach.
Accommodation is in a three-bedroom, self-contained farm cottage, next to a tree-lined stream. It has views of the South Bruny Ranges and the eucalypt forest.
The house offers modern facilities with old fashioned comforts and you can choose between self-catering or enjoy a fully catered option. It has VCR, electric blankets, washing machine, dryer, bathtub, log fire, slow combustion wood heater and microwave. All bedding is included.
The island is accessed by car ferry which runs regularly from Kettering every day.