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Comprising two islands connected by an isthmus, the Neck, Bruny Island in Tasmania is an important retreat for rare and endangered plant and animal species. Beautiful South Bruny National Park is a highlight.

Bruny offers bushwalks into the wilderness, with lush rainforests and ferns, or across coastal heathlands. Here you can look for the forty-spotted pardalote, one of Australia’s smallest birds, and the white wallaby. Or visit the Neck Game Reserve, a haven for wildlife including the little penguin and short-tailed shearwaters.

At more than 100 kilometres in length, the island’s landscape changes dramatically from north to south. From the sheltered beaches of Dennes Point and Killora, and sheltered farmland in the north, to tall forests, open bays and wild coastlines of the south, including wide and wild Cloudy Bay Beach and the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

Gazetted in 1997, mainly for its coastal scenery, South Bruny National Park lies at the tip of the island mostly comprising towering cliffs, coastal heathlands and underwater gardens of kelp seaweed. Lush rainforest contains several endemic plant species and abundant birdlife.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: forty-spotted pardalote, white wallaby, little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, Australian fur seal
  • Where: South-east Tasmania, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Tasmania’s Wilderness Coast

Join us on a wildlife cruise along the southern coast of Tasmania, visiting five national parks and two world heritage areas, as we explore the pristine landscapes and spectacular coastlines of this fascinating island in the hope of seeing its 12 species endemic birds and mammals.

  • When to go: Nov-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Coral Expeditions I & II

Coral Expeditions I & II are fully equipped for the ultimate expedition cruising experience in Australian coastal waters, and are the ideal choice for discovering the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, Cape York, Arnhem Land and Tasmania.