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Bruny Island Birds, Wildlife and Conservation Walk

November 13-15, 2024 | $2,795

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March 17-19, 2025 | $2,795

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Take a journey by boat to Bruny Island, and discover a natural paradise where unique flora and fauna and Tasmania's endemic birds are being looked after by passionate naturalists. Over three days to discover the island's diverse natural history with expert local guides. Retreat each night to our forest camp, where comfort, local wines and three-course dinners are offered by our friendly guides.

This walk includes an expert Inala Nature guide who will join all walks, teaching you about local flora and fauna and the importance of species and habitat protection. The walk also includes an extensive tour of Inala's nature conservation sanctuary, where you can see local animals and rare birds close-up.

On this all-inclusive experience, we provide all transport, park passes, lightweight packs, hot showers, an outdoor fire and a cosy bed. You’ll partake in Bruny Island’s famed produce, including fresh seafood, cheese, wine and beer. 

For all enquiries please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email

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Inala Forty Spotted Pardalote Platform

Introducing Inala

For almost 30 years, Inala Nature Tours, a family owned and operated company, has been designing and leading birding and wildlife tours across Australia. From their 1,500 acre private reserve at ‘Inala’ on Bruny Island, Tasmania, their tours extend across Australia from the lush rainforests of Queensland to the rugged landscapes of the Kimberley and beyond.

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    Their tours are designed and led an expert team. Among them exists a diversity of talents, from qualified scientists to travel experts. They are united by their passion for wild Australia.

    • The Inala conservation reserve is 1,500 acres.  All twelve endemic bird species are living at Inala amongst the rich and diverse conservation habitats.
    • The Inala reserve contains bird hides and viewing platforms, it is a reserve for birders run by birders.
    • You can plan to extend your stay on Bruny after this walk (or return at a future date) by staying in the cottage accommodation within the Inala private reserve. (Exclusive 10% discount for Tasmanian Walking Company Guests for bookings of two nights or more)

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Bruny Island Long Weekend (3-days)

Our award-winning Bruny Island Walk takes you by private boat from the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital Hobart to Bruny Island. During your visit you will be treated to coastal walks, produce directly from the source, luxury camping and exquisite meals. What makes this walk so special is access to Bruny’s lesser-known gems. After traversing headlands where the next stop is Antarctica, visit a local oyster farm and shuck an oyster as pristine waters swirl about your ankles. Finally, retreat back to camp, built completely off-the-grid, with luxury in mind. Crisp sheets on king-sized beds and an outdoor shower framed by towering Eucalypts await.


Day One: Cape Queen Elizabeth and Great Bay

Approximately 5-6 hours walking 

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    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. If the sea and bird life is good then we can stay out and enjoy it. Today our goal is to walk out towards a spectacular cape on the east coast of Bruny Island.

    Excellent birding opportunities present in the first kilometre, at the lagoons and on Miles Beach. Our guides will create the right balance between walking and bird watching with a stop for lunch on Miles Beach.

    Your nature guide will tell you the behaviours and stories of all the wildlife we encounter on route. This can include several Tasmanian Endemic birds such as Yellow Wattlebird, Dusky Robin and Yellow-throated Honeyeater.  You may also get to enjoy the wonderful Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos feasting on the Banksia bushes and as you walk along the stunning beaches you will learn the conservation stories surrounding the Hooded Plovers, Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters ( Mutton birds).

    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. The perfect way to cool down after a walk!

    Next stop; our camp. After a hot shower, join us in the dining house for a drink and to share stories of the day’s adventures as the guides busy themselves preparing your dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it.

Hero Image 4 Tonia Feeding Wallaby

Day Two: Inala Private Conservation Reserve

Approximately 5-6 hours walking 

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    Day two might begin with a gentle thumping past your tent. While the inquisitive wallaby isn’t your wake up call, his visit, or the promise of warm croissants might lure you from your crisp sheets to reunite with us at the rustic wooden dining table once more.

    Today is devoted to a private guided tour with one of Inala's expert guides around the Inala Private Conservation Reserve, a 1,500 acre Land for Wildlife property which is home to a variety of threatened species and all 12 Tasmanian endemic birds. Observe at close range the Endangered Tasmanian endemic Forty-spotted Pardalote from the purpose-built canopy platform within one of its largest known colonies as your guide explains the many wonders of this tiny bird, its remarkable feeding behaviour and the efforts being made to bring their numbers back from the brink.
    The walk through the reserve and access to the Inala Raptor Viewing Hide will also give you a great chance of viewing raptors such as the Tasmanian subspecies of the Wedge-tailed Eagle and the white morph of the Grey Goshawk;  from the raptor hide seeing these magnificent raptors is always a thrill and your guide will explain the work being done across Tasmania to help their future survival.  Endemics including the Tasmanian Thornbill, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Dusky Robin, Green Rosella, and all four endemic honeyeaters are also commonly seen here. There is also a chance of spotting critically endangered Swift Parrots which breed on the property between September and January, as well as the stunning Flame, Scarlet and Pink Robins, and Beautiful Firetails.

    Learn of the ecosystem in which all these birds live, and the conservation efforts by many passionate individuals and groups to protect these species and their habitats. The property is also a great place to see Bennetts Wallaby, Tasmanian Pademelon, Short-beaked Echidna, enormous eucalypt trees and tree-ferns, a magnificent stand of Blackwood trees, and some native terrestrial orchids that mostly flower between August and March.

    After lunch at the Inala lookout which has a beautiful wide vista over Cloudy Bay, afternoon walk options include a drive to the Bruny Island lighthouse and the Luggaboine circuit where we may see Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo’s feasting on Banksias Golden Whistlers cheerfully singing from the trees, Bassian Thrush creeping out of the undergrowth and a great range of other coastal and bush birds, or we may take another enchanting winding track amongst the Eucalypts and rich habitat up at Benbullen, a range of hills that include Stafford’s Hill at Inala.

    Back at camp, enjoy time to sit on the deck, walk among the ferns, partake in another lavish shower or simply read a book while your guides prepare the evening meal.

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White Wallaby

Day Three: Mavista Falls to Adventure Bay

Approximately 2-3 hours walking and birding

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    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).

    Once we farewell camp, we will wind our way round the mountain to beautiful Adventure Bay and there we shall take a short walk through ancient towering tree-ferns and lush cool-temperate rainforest species like Nothofagus and Sassafras as we walk the entrancing Mavista rainforest track, hoping to spot along the way some of the most elusive endemics like the Scrubtit as well at the radiantly colourful Pink Robin.

    After the shady rainforest we shall contrast that with our final walk along to sunny Grass Point looking out to Penguin Island.  This lovely flat coastline walk takes you through Casuarina forest and past the sites of the ancient whaling stations of Adventure Bay.  Yellow-throated Honeyeaters, Satin Flycatchers and various seasonal Cuckoos may be sighted as we take this walk through history. As we depart Adventure Bay to head north we may be lucky enough to get glimpse of the rare and unique White Wallabies.

    Our final walk, seed collecting mission and picnic lunch is on the walk to Grassy Point which is part of the Fluted Cape Track. The drive to Dennes Point takes an hour. The return boat trip to Hobart offers a scenic farewell. 


Further information

Bruny Island Long Weekend Cabin

Our Bruny Island Accommodation

An Island Sanctuary

Our groups have exclusive use of our completely off-grid private accommodation, nestled in amongst tall eucalypts on the foothills of Mt Mangana at the southern end of Bruny Island.

With our days spent walking in wild, powerful, coastal places, our campsite is a sanctuary we can return to each evening. Featuring a gorgeous bespoke designed celery top timber kitchen and dining room, four canvas tents containing split king beds with quality linen, towels and pillows. The highlight for many of our guests is an incredible hot water shower discretely located with spectacular views!

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    Our accommodation is built completely off-grid. We harvest the rain from our roof and pressure feed this water for all of our needs, including the incredible outdoor shower. For our shower and hot water in the kitchen, we use a gas system. A solar panel on the main roof provides the power to run our pumps, small energy efficient lighting in the main structure and just two power points to enable guests to recharge their cameras (they do tend to take a lot of photos!)

    The accommodation was architecturally designed to have as little impact on the site as possible. In fact, it has been designed so that it could be easily moved to another site. If this were to happen there would be little evidence of the building's footprint. We built from Celery Top Pine, supplied by Southern Forest Farm Products, just across the channel from Bruny Island at Garden Island Creek. The business has a "no waste policy". This means that all the timber used in the construction of our accommodation was salvaged from the southern forests of Tasmania, essentially the timbers left behind as waste in existing forestry coupes.

    Once the accommodation was constructed we began a program to restore the rest of the land to its original state. This involved an eradication program for non-native species on the property, as well as a program to re-introduce endemics. Eucalyptus viminalis (white gums) have been planted around the property to support and encourage the very rare and threatened endemic bird species -Forty Spotted Pardalote. These birds only exist where Eucalyptus viminalis occur and Bruny Island is a stronghold for them.

Brent Thompson New Holland Honeyeater

What to see each season

All year round, the boat trip to Bruny includes the possibility of White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Australasian Gannets, the Black-faced Cormorant, which is the only Australian Cormorant to be confined to coastal marine inshore environments and the cormorant with the most limited distribution in Australia, being confined to the southern Australian coastline. You may also see Australian fur seals resting on the surface of the water or the occasional Little Penguin swimming by the boat.

Out of the track, you will see different birds and wildlife depending on the season. Find out more below.

Photo credit: Image credit: Inala Nature Tours, Brent Thompson, New Holland Honey Eater 

  • Spring
    This is peak breeding season and an excellent time to see birds in full breeding plumage with the sound of the spring dawn chorus in the bush. Almost all of our migratory species have also returned to Bruny by this time. There is a terrific selection of birds to see in spring.
  • Summer
    Warmer temperatures and low rainfall make January a popular time for walking and outdoor activities in Tasmania. Summer is an ideal time to watch marine birds and the endangered Swift Parrot. This time of year, we see the results of the breeding season in the number of young birds. See Forty-spotted Pardalotes pair up during the summer breeding season.
  • Autumn
    March onwards is a precious time of the year. The wind is often calmer, the days are still warm and long and it is generally a little less busy. This is the last month to catch many of our migratory species.
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 Birds, Wildlife and Conservation Walk

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) 

November 13-15, 2024 | March 17-19, 2025 | $2,795

  • Available anytime by request for private groups
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 8 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 10.
  • All accommodation is twin share. A single supplement of $955.34 per person is available upon request to guarantee a private tent.


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 to another name.
  • Minimum numbers are required four months before departure.


  • 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
  • Two qualified guides including one Inala guide
  • A full day at Inala Conservation Reserve with an expert guide
  • National Park passes
  • All bedding and linen

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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