Bruny Island 4-Day Paddle

Our 4-day Tasmania lodge-based trips are ideal paddling destinations offering a healthy balance between physical activity, stunning coastal scenery and a few home comforts at the end of the day. Bruny Island is a 362-square-kilometre island separated from the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia by the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

With a permanent population of only a few hundred residents, Bruny Island has a charm all its own. Bruny Island is also home to fur seals, fairy penguins, albatross, wedge tailed eagles and white wallabies. As well as unique wildlife, Bruny Island boasts spectacular views of windswept coastlines, towering dolerite cliffs, rugged sea caves, secluded coves, sheltered lagoons, sea kelp forests and long sandy beaches. Rolling hills interspersed with eucalyptus forests complete the picture of enchanting Bruny Island. Evenings are spent in cozy Bruny Island Lodge sampling fresh oysters, handmade cheeses, a glass of wine and other local delicacies.

Bruny Island Aerial View
Package Components
  • Return transfers between Hobart city and Bruny Island.
  • Ferry transfer from Bruny Island back to Hobart.
  • Three nights’ twin share accommodation at Bruny Island Lodge.
  • All meals from Lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 4.
  • Double expedition kayaks, paddles, pfds, spray skirts.
  • One 20L dry bag.
  • A paddling cag (waterproof jacket).
  • Pogies (paddling mittens).
  • Two professional sea kayak guides.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit and emergency safety equipment.

 

Exclusions:

  • Flights.
  • Accommodation and meals in Hobart.
  • Travel Insurance.
Itinerary Overview

Due to the unique nature of this area and the variability of weather, there is no fixed route or schedule. The following itinerary is a sample only. Please note that the weather, logistical conditions and group preference will determine the day to day activities. Paddling distances should be seen as an approximate guide only.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1:

Morning pick up from your Hobart hotel for the short drive to our paddle launch location. All paddlers will be allocated a small dry bag to carry essentials such as a camera, spare clothing layer and water bottle. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle to Bruny Island. After a safety briefing and gear allocation, we launch the kayaks and begin our adventure by paddling across the sheltered waters of D’Entrecastaux Channel to Bruny Island. The group will enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the many secluded coves, taking in the beauty of our first island stop. Depending on conditions, we’ll transfer further south by vehicle and then paddle the last few kilometres to our base, Bruny Island Lodge. Our accommodation is situated on 860 acres of prime coastal bushland and is our exclusive home for the remainder of the trip. After an orientation and perhaps a short hike, we’ll enjoy a celebratory beverage in our private coastal retreat. Approximately 8-10 kms paddling.
L • D / LODGE ACCOMMODATION

Day 2:

We begin the day with a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides and then transport the kayaks a short distance to begin the day’s paddling. We paddle the edge of the Labilladierre peninsula, exploring the pristine coastline, until we arrive on the sandy beaches on the edge of the Southern Ocean. Here we can stretch our legs and enjoy a short stroll to look south to the ocean stretching to Antarctica or, if the weather is warm, perhaps enjoy a refreshing dip before our paddle home. Paddling distance approximately 16-18 kms.
B • L • D / LODGE ACCOMMODATION

Day 3:

We load our kayaks and head a short distance to the edge of the tranquil Cloudy Bay Lagoon. We paddle out of the lagoon and into the open waters of Cloudy Bay, where we spend the day exploring the rugged sea cliffs and caves. A gourmet picnic lunch will be enjoyed on a secluded beach. Once again, for the adventurous, a refreshing dip awaits or perhaps a short stroll taking in this remote piece of Tasmania. After lunch we paddle a little further to explore the towering dolerite cliffs before returning to the shelter of the lagoon and our accommodation. Paddling distance approximately 16kms.
B • L • D / LODGE ACCOMMODATION

Day 4:

Day 4: Today is spent exploring stunning Adventure Bay, a large eastern facing bay on South Bruny and our final paddling destination for the trip. Launching from a sheltered beach we paddle beneath the towering cliffs of the Fluted Cape and keep an eye out for sea life and sea birds such as the Australian Fur seal, terns, gannets and even the elusive albatross. After lunch we take a short hike to the top of Fluted Cape to peer out across the Tasman Sea. We finish paddling by mid-afternoon and drive north to the ferry terminal for the transfer back to the mainland. While driving we’ll keep an eye out for the very unusual Bruny Island white wallaby. The trip ends with a transfer to your Hobart accommodation, arriving at approximately 5:30pm. Paddling distance today is around 8 kms.
B • L / END OF TRIP ARRANGEMENTS

At a Glance
  • Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia
  • 4-day Package, 4 days Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • 3 Nights' Lodge Accommodation
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
Cost

2020 & 2021:

AU$ 2150


Trip costs are listed in Australian dollars

Please read our flexible booking policy and booking how-to for more information

Departure Dates

2020

  • 07-10 Dec

2021

  • 10 – 13 Jan
  • 01 – 04 Feb
  • 15 – 18 Mar
  • 08 – 11 Nov
  • 06 – 09 Dec

2022

  • 03 – 06 Jan
  • 21 – 24 Jan
  • 07 – 10 Feb
  • 28 Feb – 03 Mar
  • 04 – 07 Apr

Private departures on request – Contact us

Accommodation

We stay three nights at the Bruny Island Lodge. Set amidst 860 acres of pristine bushland in remote South Bruny, the lodge is a rustic timber chalet on a hill above Oyster Cove on Mickey’s Bay. The lodge has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a games room and a wraparound verandah, making a very comfortable stay. Accommodation is based on double or twin share rooms with shared bathrooms (linen and bath towels are provided). Twin share rooms are made up of king single bunk beds. Single travellers may be asked to twin share. Rooms will be allocated according to group makeup and time of booking.