Bruny Island is a stunning 362-square-kilometre island located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia. Bruny Island today is known as UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness area. Bruny Island is home to stunning wilderness and wildlife that stretches into The Great Southern Ocean. It is home to abundant, unique Australian animals that are a must-see on any Australian trip.
Bruny Island is a short journey by vehicle and passenger ferry from Kettering, with Kettering being the only access point to the island. Kettering is about 40 minutes from Hobart via Kingston on A6 and then the B68. You can find a great article on How to get to Bruny Island from Hobart here.
Beautiful Bruny Island is a popular spot for camping, and there are sites available within the South Bruny National Park at Cloudy Bay and Jetty Beach and just outside the park on the north island at The Neck.
Cloudy Bay campsites
There are two separate sites at Cloudy Bay, The Pines and Cloudy Corner. The Pines on Cloudy Bay Road is a small site, perfectly located for surfers, fishermen and walkers. It is a picturesque area to explore by foot or on water.
At the other end of Cloudy Bay, the Cloudy Corner requires a 3-kilometre beach drive to access the campsite. This site is larger and fits more campers. If the Pines is full definitely check out Cloudy Corner. You can launch your boats from the beach here into the waters off Bruny Island. There is a pit toilet here and probably 20 individual sites spread out over a large, sheltered area.
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How to get to Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay is a 50-minute drive south of the ferry terminal on Bruny Island. Follow Lennon Rd (B66) and continue on this road as it becomes Bruny Island Main Road. Drive through Alonnah and when you reach the T-junction in Lunawanna take a left onto Cloudy Bay Road. The Pines Campground is sighted first on the left, about 500 metres before the road ends at Cloudy Bay Beach. The second campsite in this area is Cloudy Corner campground.
Fishing at Cloudy Bay
This is well worth the effort to get to. Large leatherjacket and flathead are virtually always available. Spinning around the mouth is a prime spot for Australian salmon. Further up from the mouth is where a large population of bream call home. These are not easy to catch though. Buy your Surf Rod combo at BCF today for your Camping at Bruny Island adventure.
Bruny Island Walks at Cloudy Bay
The first three kilometres of this walk is truly memorable as you stroll along Cloudy Beaches white sands. As you navigate away from the beach, the track follows a small creek inland. The next three kilometres are a bird watchers delight as you climb ascend to East Cloudy Head. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the views south coast of Bruny Island to The Friars, and to the west and north-west over South Bruny to the southern ranges and Mt Wellington.
Time to complete the walk at Cloudy Bay:
- It will take you approximately 4 hours return.
Distance of the Cloudy Bay hike:
- 12 kilometers return.
Is there car parking at the Cloudy Bay walk?
- There is plenty of parking at start of the track.
Bruny Island Surfing at Cloudy Bay
Surfing on Bruny Island is a popular activity. Cloudy Bay beach is exposed to pretty consistent surf. The best wind direction is from the north. Waves at the beach break peel off both left and right, to suit all surfers. Good surf at all stages of the tide but the waves can be a little flat in Summer. You will not have to fight your way into the lineup here as it is rarely crowded.
Jetty Beach campsite
Jetty Beach is a great site for families, The campground is a charming wooded area with views to the beach below. The campsite faces a white sandy beach which offers safe, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. Pit toilets, picnic shelters and fire rings are provided (bring your own firewood and drinking water). Buy your camping mattress today for your trip.
How to get to Jetty Beach
Jetty Beach camping area is just over an hour south of the ferry terminal. Follow the Bruny Island Main Road south through Alonnah, and when you reach the T-junction in Lunawanna take a right onto the C629. 17 km down the road, take a right into Jetty Road.
Fishing at Jetty Bay
Fishing on Bruny Island near Jetty Beach you can catch Sand flathead, Australian salmon, calamari, barracouta, mullet, cod and wrasse. The water near Jetty Beach and The D’Entrecasteaux Channel is a Shark Refuge Area.
It is illegal to catch sharks, skates or rays other than elephant fish. Buy your rig and tackle today at BCF for your Bruny Island fishing adventure
Bruny Island walks near Jetty Beach
There are many beautiful bushwalks near Jetty Beach that will take you through some amazing Aussie Bush.
Labillardiere Peninsula Track
This walk is the best of both worlds, it can be enjoyed as a short loop on the Luggaboine Circuit or an all-day walk on the Peninsula Circuit. From the western side of the peninsula, there are views to the southern ranges. Returning along the eastern side the walk follows the coastline with visits to Hopwood, Butlers and Jetty beaches, with views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
The peninsula is named after a botanist on Bruni D’Entrecasteaux’s 1792-94 French expedition. The views are better and the terrain is kinder if you walk the circuit clockwise but be aware of snakes in the summertime. Upon completion of your walk, it is recommended that you drive to the gates of the Bruny Lighthouse and visit this historic site.
The Neck Campsite
Outside the national park boundaries, camping is available in the stunning surroundings of The Neck Bruny Island Reserve. This is a sheltered area behind sand dunes at the south of the Isthmus and provides easy access to the beach. Neck Beach is a beautiful beach that you will often have to yourself. A word of warning as the surf as conditions can be treacherous this can make swimming dangerous. Don’t forget to bring a comfortable camp chair on your camping trip.
How to get to The Neck
Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve. Follow the main road from the ferry terminal towards South Bruny, and turn left into the signposted camping area which is around 3 km past the lookout at The Neck.
Fishing at The Neck
This area is one of Bruny’s highlights. Neck Beach offers some of the state’s best surf fishing with reliable catches of good size sand flathead, large rays and strong fighting school and gummy shark. Large Australian salmon appear in schools and the action is fast and furious. The best access to the beach is in front of The Neck camping ground. Buy your lures and soft plastics today at BCF.
Bruny Island walks near The Neck
There are many beautiful bush walks that will show you the beauty if the unique Australian bush near The Neck on Bruny Island.
Cape Queen Elizabeth Track
The track combines both bush and beach walking. The walk takes you between Big Lagoon and Little Lagoon, before granting you amazing views of The Neck from Mars Bluff.
The track descends onto Miles Beach where you walk to the far eastern end. Beyond the beach, you head inland to Cape Queen Elizabeth and views of Adventure Bay. Onto Mars Bluff and the fisherman’s shack at Miles Beach.
Time to complete the walk at the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track:
It will take approximately 3 hours return to complete the Cape Queen Elizabeth track hike.
The distance of the Cape Queen Elizabeth hike
- It is a 12 km return hike.
Is there car parking at the Cape Queen Elizabeth track?
There is ample car parking at the start of the track.
Where is the nearest place to eat at The Neck?
The nearest place to grab a bite to eat and get some supplies is at Alonnah General Store which is 9.9 kilometres away. Next door is the Alonah Hotel serving meals and drinks daily. The nearest restaurant is the Bruny Island Seafood Restaurant, The restaurant is 12.9 kilometres away.
Additional camping on Bruny Island information
With camping on Bruny Island very popular with both domestic and international tourists, there are some additional tips for camping at Bruny that will help you plane the best Tasmania trip.
We have a great article on how to get to Bruny Island from Hobart This article will complement any Bruny Island travel planning you are doing. Read our Hobart to Bruny Island article here!
Fees for camping on Bruny Island
Camping on Bruny Island is cheap and affordable. There is a small nightly fee that must be payed along with a Tasmania National Park Pass for Jetty beach and Cloudy Bay.
For Jetty Beach, The Neck and Cloudy Bay fees are as follows:
- 1 or 2 people – $10.00 per night
- Each additional adult (18+) – $5.00 per night
- Each additional child (5-17, under 5 no charge) – $2.50 per night
- Family (2 adults, 3 children) – $15.00 per night
The campgrounds can not be reserved, they work on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find a Self-registration deposit box at each campground for you fill in your details and pay your fee’s. You can only pay with cash so please be prepared.
Fishing rules in Tasmania
Any person over the age of 14 must have a current angling licence to fish with a rod, reel or line at any inland water in Tasmania. Bag and size limits can change from location to location. You can download the Infish app for up to date sizes.
Big Lagoon Bruny Island is at the north end of Island. This lagoon can be accessed by the sandy track that leads out to Cape Queen Elizabeth. It is a popular destination for fly fishing due to its’ shallow nature and annual stocking of trout. It has a bag limit of 5 fish with only 2 over 500mm.
Weather on Bruny Island
Bruny Island weather is unpredictable at best. Summer temperatures can rise into the high twenties while winter can bitterly cold if the wind blows up from Antarctica. Overall come prepared for changing weather on Bruny Island
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.