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Bruny Island Wildlife & Birding Tour, Tasmania, Australia - 3 Days

Bruny Island Wildlife & Birding Tour, Tasmania, Australia

Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour in Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

This comprehensive 3-day Bruny Island Wildlife & Birding Tour is leisurely-paced and available as a set departure. The tour includes transfers and from Hobart by ferry along the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and includes all meals and beverages, taking advantage of the best in local produce.

Using the 1,500-acre Inala Private Reserve as our base, you will have the opportunity to see all of Bruny’s rich flora and fauna, including all 12 of Tasmania’s endemic bird species, such as the Scrubtit, Scrubwren, Tawny Frogmouth and Boobook. From the purpose-built canopy platform you can observe one of the biggest known colonies of the indigenous Forty-spotted Pardalot. The raptor hide offers the opportunity to see the local subspecies of Wedge-tailed Eagles and Grey Goshawks. We will also take night tours to colonies of Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters, as well as other nocturnal Bruny Island wildlife.

Your Bruny Island wildlife adventure also includes encounters with number of unique mammal species, such as the Short-beaked Echidna, Tasmanian Pademelon, Eastern Quoll, Albino Brush-tailed Possum, Long-Nosed Potoroo and the Red-necked Wallaby in its rare white form. A stroll along the magnificent coastline can also offer glimpses of Humpback Whales and Dolphins.

Your expert guides on this Bruny Island wildlife tour will be happy to recommend the best spots for seeing any specific birds on your list, s well as giving you insight into the history and culture of Tasmania, as well as the conservation efforts being undertaken to preserve the region's biodiversity.

Bruny Island Wildlife Tour highlights include:

  • Opportunity to see all 12 of Tasmania's endemic bird species
  • Encounters with some of Tasmania's rarest mammal species
  • Night tours to colonies of Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters
  • Walking through wet eucalypt forests and cool temperate rainforests
  • A visit to the magnificent stone arch at Cape Queen Elizabeth

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Kangaroo Island Birding Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Bruny Island Birding & Wildlife Tour, Tasmania
Day 1
Day 1 - Hobart to Bruny Island

This morning at 8:30, our guide will meet us at Hobart's waterfront to start our trip. We will head down the Channel toward Bruny Island. Along the way, we may stop at some beautiful spots, depending on the weather and what the group wants to do or see. Bruny Island is 40 km south of Hobart. The D'Entrecasteaux Channel separates it from the rest of Tasmania, and a vehicle ferry can take you there. The ferry ride takes about 15 minutes, and during that time, you can see some beautiful sights.

Local food from Tasmania and Bruny will be made into a picnic lunch, which will be served in a beautiful place.

This afternoon, we will go to the southern coast of Bruny to see the second-oldest lighthouse in Australia and look for birds like the tawny-crowned honeyeater, olive whistler, and yellow-tailed black-cockatoo. We can also see the Tasmanian subspecies of the short-beaked echidna, which is one of Australia's two monotreme (egg-laying) mammal species.

Tonight, after dinner, we will go to the little penguin colony and the short-tailed shearwater colony to see these animals in their nests.

Accommodation: Cottages on the Inala property, South Bruny Island

Lunch and dinner provided.

Day 2
Day 2 - Inala Private Reserve

After a big breakfast of fresh local food, the day will start with a walk around the Inala Private Reserve, a 1,500-acre (600 ha) Land for Wildlife property that is home to many threatened species and all 12 of Tasmania's endemic birds. View the endangered Tasmanian endemic forty-spotted pardalote up close from the purpose-built canopy platform in one of its largest known colonies. See raptors like the Tasmanian subspecies of the wedge-tailed eagle and the white morph of the grey goshawk from the raptor hide and learn about conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats.

Then, we'll go further afield and visit the historic and scenically beautiful Adventure Bay. There, we'll check out the beautiful beaches and cool temperate rainforests, which are home to plants that are only found in Gondwana and Tasmania. Walk along the shore to look for hooded plovers, white-bellied sea eagles, kelp and Pacific gulls, and, if we're lucky, humpback whales, dolphins, shy albatrosses, and rafts of thousands of short-tailed shearwaters. We will also look for the red-necked wallaby in its rare white form, which has made Bruny famous.

After a delicious lunch, we'll go to the place where the first plant specimens of the genus Eucalyptus were found. There, we'll learn about the ecology of wet eucalypt forest and the relationship between eucalypts and cool temperate rainforest. We'll also walk along a streamside reserve lined with giant tree-ferns while looking for the elusive Tasmanian endemic small-brown birds: scrubtit, Tasmanian scrubwren

We'll get back to the Inala Reserve in the late afternoon, so you can settle into your cottage and clean up before a BBQ dinner at Inala with fresh local food.

After dinner, there will be a chance to go on another night tour to see some of Bruny Island's nocturnal animals, such as the Tasmanian pademelons, eastern quolls, and brush-tailed possums, which are rare albinos on Bruny Island. There are also the long-nosed potoroo, the tawny frogmouth, and the Tasmanian boobook.

Accommodation: Cottages on the Inala property, South Bruny Island

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 3
Day 3 - Return to Hobart

After breakfast, we'll stay on Bruny Island for another day. Today's activities include a walk to some lagoons and a great stone arch on Cape Queen Elizabeth, with a stop on The Neck to take in the amazing views along the way. Again, lunch will be served along the way at one of Bruny's restaurants, where you can try oysters and cheeses from the area.

This afternoon, there will also be a chance to see more of north Bruny Island. This part of the island only gets about half as much rain as the south of Bruny, which is reflected in the different plants and birds that live here.

We'll go back to Dennes Point, which has great views of South Arm and Mt. Wellington, and if we have time, we'll walk the short history trail there. We'll take you back across the channel and drop you off in a central part of Hobart around 5 p.m., when your heart and taste buds will be full of memories.

Wildlife species expected to see:

King parrot, turquoise parrot, gang-gang cockatoo, glossy black cockatoo, white-naped honeyeater, sooty oystercatcher, azure and sacred kingfisher, yellow-tailed cockatoo, forty spotted pardalotes, tawny crowned honey eater, mallee fowl, mallee emu-wren, red-capped Robin, mallee ringneck, golden bosun, Abbott’s booby, Christmas Island Goshawk, Red-footed booby and more…

What is included?

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 3 x lunches, 2 x dinners
  • Transport and specialist guiding for day and night tours as outlined above
  • Transfers from and to central Hobart
  • Entry fees and activities as outlined in itinerary
  • Bruny Island ferry

What is not included?

  • Domestic or international airfares
  • Hobart hotel accommodation
  • Guide services other than specified
  • Meals/beverages other than specified
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal expenditure
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Where is the accommodation?

Cottages on the Inala property, South Bruny Island,

When do the meals happen?

Daily breakfast, 3 x lunches, 2 x dinners

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Price & Availability

AUD2,360 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement AUD 2440
This tour is operated by: Australian Geographic Travel

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Tour Facts

  • Tasmania, Australia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 6 pax
  • 3 Days
  • +15 Years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport or Contact Us To Know
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport or Contact Us To Know