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Bruny Island Artists' Camp

April 7-9, 2023 | $2,350 

Join Handmark Gallery's Julie Payne for three days of walks, drawing and painting, workshops and adventure on the remarkable Bruny Island.

Our artists' camp includes drawing and painting in beautiful places, the famed food and wines of the island, great company, conversations about ideas, kindness and lots of laughs.

Discover the Bruny Island that inspires artists - an experience that takes you by boat from the Hobart waterfront, to sheltered coves and rolling hills and spectacular cliffs and exquisite beaches. Try oysters straight from the ocean and a warm Bruny Island baguette with olive oil. Collect wood-fired fridge bread on the way and indulge in scones, jam and cream and tea in fine china on the Cape Queen Elizabeth track. Experience Bruny's blend of wilderness and comfort; plunge into ocean waters then converse with like-minded artists about art with a glass of wine around the camp fire.

The award-winning Bruny Island Walk takes you by private boat from Tasmania’s capital Hobart to Bruny Island. During your three-day walk you will be treated to coastal walks, produce directly from the source, forest camping and exquisite meals.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au


Julie Payne

Julie Payne is a brilliant leader of art retreats for groups with diverse interests including en-plein-air painting and field drawings. Shehas exhibited in many solo and collaborative exhibitions within Australia. Her interests are wide-ranging which has led to a diverse arts practice incorporating sculpture, site-specific gardens, drawings and installations. Her unique gardens have been commissioned at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Woolmers Historic Site, the Cataract Gorge and at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Julie has lectured within the fields of Architecture, Furniture Design, and Sculpture at the University of Tasmania. Here is a link to a video with Julie talking about drawing, sketchbooks, story and travel.

Handmark Gallery

Our lodges, huts and offices feature the work of Handmark's artists. Allanah Dopson and her team are found in Salamanca, Hobart. Allanah curates our Art Walks. The Tasmanian Walking Company and Handmark Gallery are offering a series of 'Art Walks' celebrating Tasmania's unique colour, light, flora, fauna and landscape, hosted by Tasmanian artists. You will be able to walk to different locations, set up in nature, and draw or paint the stunning colours and light of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, diverse forests and spectacular headlands.

Allanah recommended Julie as her first 'Art' Walk leader because of her teaching experience and her dedication to drawing, both perfect for a walking workshop. 'She has spent a lifetime drawing, around the world, has incredible attention to detail, imparts knowledge with joy and is fascinating. She is the complete package!'

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Art Materials - Packing List

Bring your favourite sketchbook, pencils and a few watercolours to capture the essence of Bruny Island. We will be working both en plein air at beautiful locations around Bruny, and from photographs when we are back in camp. Tonal drawings, composition and colour will be our main focus. 

Essential items: 

  • Sketchbook suitable for watercolour and minimum of 250gsm, smooth pressed paper recommended. Sketch books may be concertina or standard page format but no larger than A5 for the ease of carrying. 
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils 2B and 4B
  • Enclosed Staedtler pencil sharpener. 
  • Kneadable eraser 
  • A small travelling watercolour kit.
  • Water brush. 
  • Waterproof .5 or .2 pen of any colour. 

Optional Items and colour suggestions may be as in the photograph or materials that are your favourites. Water based paints only. 

Boat Leaving Hobart

Day 1: Hobart to Bruny Island and Cape Queen Elizabeth

Approximately 5-6 hours walking, drawing and painting.

This morning you will meet your tour guides and fellow guests (maximum of 10) on the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. Step aboard your private boat and let the adventure begin with a cruise down the Derwent River to Bruny Island.

Our walk today is a chance to stretch our legs and takes out towards a cape on the east coast of Bruny Island. A natural stone arch that emerges from the sands is a fine spot to sketch. On returning from our walk we will wade out into the crystal clear waters of Great Bay to learn how the famous Bruny Island oysters are farmed and shuck them straight out of the water. It's the perfect way to cool down after a walk.

Next stop; our camp. After a warm shower overlooking a forest glade, join us at the dining house for a drink and to begin our art workshops. The guides will be busy preparing your dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it. Evening workshops take place around the rustic dinner table or by the fire under the night sky.

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Day Two: Mavista, Fluted Cape and Adventure Bay

Approximately 6 hours walking and painting or drawing

Rise early and explore the 100-acre property and try to spot some of Bruny Island’s 150 species of birds (including all 12 Tasmanian endemics). Gather at our rustic dining table for coffee and croissants.

Once we farewell camp, we will wind our way up Mt Mangana and take a short walk along the entrancing Mavista rainforest track, through ancient towering tree-ferns and lush cool-temperate rainforest with species like Nothofagus and Sassafras.

After the shady rainforest, we shall contrast that with a walk to sunny Grass Point, looking out to Penguin Island and towards Fluted Cape.  This lovely flat coastline walk takes you through Casuarina forest and past the sites of the ancient whaling stations of Adventure Bay. We'll once more picnic, draw and paint in one of the many sheltered stunning spots.

After the walk, plunge into the stunning waters of Hansson's Beach. A warm shower welcomes you back to camp before we settle in for another evening of fine food and art workshops. These take place around the comunal table while conversations carry on around the fire.

Bruny Island Lighthouse

Day 3: Cloudy Bay Lighthouse to Hobart

3 hours walking, painting and drawing

A final day of new sights, walking, painting and sketching takes us to the southern most tip of Bruny Island. 

After a few stunning lookouts, we'll wander down to the stunning white sands and eucalyptus hugged Jetty Beach. We'll pause for morning tea and a break in the shade of tall canopies. We'll learn of the ecosystem in which birds, reptiles and marsupials dwell. Bruny Island is a great place to see Bennetts Wallaby, Tasmanian Pademelon, tree-ferns, and some native terrestrial orchids that mostly flower between August and March. The lighthouse is a few minutes drive up the hill and can be exposed to ferocious winds or gentle sunshine. 

On our final journey north, we'll pause for a final stop and shop at Bruny Island Cheese Co. You can buy the best kind of souvenirs here: a young fresh cheese or wood-fired baguette to be dipped into fresh olive oil or a mature raw milk cheese to take home.

To finish your long weekend in style, Ray Jones at The Jetty Café’s will serve lunch as we await the arrival of our private boat on the beach below.  There will be time to explore the gallery showcasing some of Bruny’s 60+ artists. The return boat trip to Hobart offers a scenic farewell to your adventure. 

Oysters At Lagoon

Your Bruny Island Long Weekend guides

What truly defines the professionalism, passion and dedication of our Bruny Island Long Weekend guides is their unparalleled focus on delivering an exemplary guided walking experience for you.  This is reinforced by their passion for Bruny Island, detailed knowledge of the local flora, fauna, geology and history; and their love of cooking using local produce to deliver a diversity of delicious cuisine each evening.

We consider our guides to be highly trained experience artisans, seamlessly bring together all the attributes of a great walking experience to deliver something that is truly unforgettable. 




Itinerary Details

Bruny Island Artists' Camp

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) 

April 7-9, 2023 | $2,350

  • Each trip requires a minimum of 6 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 9.
  • Available anytime by request for private groups


Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply to all bookings. In addition:

  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • within 90 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Minimum numbers are required four months before departure.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

COVID-19 Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  Due to the high fixed costs on these trips, guests on our ‘Walk +’ departures who postpone due to COVID-19 as per our Peace of Mind Booking Guarantee, will incur an amendment fee of $500 to reschedule to another departure date. All cancellations by guests will incur cancellation fees according to our standard terms and conditions. Bookings are transferrable.


  • Return transfers between Hobart and Bruny Island.
  • Accommodation (twin-share) each evening in one of our five private tents.
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines.
  • All bedding and linen.
  • Workshop sessions with Julie Payne.

Additional information

  • Have a burning question?  Check out our  FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring. Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If your unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to you local outdoor adventure store.


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