Shaped like a piece of sea lettuce, its pastoral north leaf and craggier south leaf joined by an isthmus (The Neck), Bruny Island is a 40km drive and short ferry ride from Hobart. What awaits you here is a foodie paradise with a fascinating maritime history and some wonderful walks to tick off your bushwalking Tasmania list.
Early in Australia’s European history, Rear Admiral Bruni D’Entrecasteaux, midshipman Matthew Flinders and captains James Cook and William Bligh took refuge in Adventure Bay, South Bruny. It was the only Australian port-of-call for the mutiny-bound HMS Bounty in 1788.
The Fluted Cape walking track (5.4km circuit) enters South Bruny National Park from the eastern end of Adventure Bay. It follows the shore to the site of an early whaling station before climbing Fluted Cape, a vertiginous wall of dolerite columns standing 272m high. Fluted Cape is visible from Cape Queen Elizabeth, which projects into the Tasman Sea just north of The Neck. A fun, 13km return beach-and-dune ramble, featuring rock corridors and a remarkable natural archway, puts you on the royal protuberance.
Hidden in lush inland forest, poorly maintained Slide Track, follows the line of a long-abandoned timber tramway to Adventure Bay. Fungi festoon this fairly flat but adventurous hike.