Frequently asked questions
Following are a few frequently asked questions about the Bruny Island Long Weekend that you may find useful.
- How often do trips depart?
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 01 October and 30 April
- Walk accommodation
Our walk accommodation is secluded on a private 100 acre forest block on the edge of the South Bruny National Park, our "camp" represents the perfect place to retreat. Although the camp has been built completely "off the grid", we are not without our creature comforts. With most of our days spent in wild, powerful, coastal places, our camp is a sanctuary we can return to at the end of each day, as we change to a more introspective focus gathering around the fire in the dining room and sharing food and stories from the day. Each tent contains a king size bed with quality linen and the highlight for many guests is our hot outdoor shower, tucked away on one of the most beautiful parts of the property. The tents contain either 1 king size bed or 2 singles. Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of the same gender if the departure fills to capacity. To guarantee a private tent for the duration of the walk a supplementary price of $500 per person will apply. This needs to be requested at the time of booking.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
Each trip requires a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 guests, plus 2 guides.
- How fit do I need to be?
Our walks are challenging enough to support our questionable claim of being a 'calorie neutral' walking tour, but easy enough to be within most people's ability. We recommend you be in good health and be moderately fit to undertake the trip. We cover about 13km on each of the first 2 days with a shorter walk on the final day. As each trip has two guides we are able to split the group according to ability if need be, challenging the fit walkers without pressuring walkers who prefer a more leisurely pace. If you are wondering if these walks are within your ability, or perhaps if they are challenging enough for you, please contact us, we would love to have a chat.
- How much weight do we carry?
One of the great aspects of our walks is that as we return to camp both nights, you do not have to carry a heavy pack.
- What do we carry?
All you need to carry is a drink bottle, a jacket, your lunchbox and a camera, the guides carry the rest!
- What style of shoes should we have?
- Do we need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend travel insurance. Consideration needs to be given to our cancellation policy, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We do not refund for such occurrences, therefore travel insurance is your only safeguard.
- How many guides are there?
Every trip has two experienced guides. This allows plenty of opportunities to rest, take photos and walk at your own pace.
- How about food?
Food is an element very closely connected with Bruny Island and an important part of the Bruny Island Long Weekend. Almost 100% of the food we consume over the long weekend has been sourced from the island itself or within Tasmania. We regularly change the menu, depending on the season and what the local producers have for us that week. We have successfully catered for coeliacs, vegeterians, vegans and just about any dietary requirement you can imagine. We love the challenge of being creative with our produce!
We also serve an interesting range of top Tasmanian sparkling, wine and beers with our meals and will expose you to a number of great little boutique producers you could never find at home.
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
We meet at Daci & Daci Bakers, 7 Murray Street, Hobart at 730AM. Here you will meet your guides before your cruise down to Bruny Island at 8AM. Tea and coffee will be served, but please have breakfast before you arrive, or alternatively the bakery is open from 7AM should you wish to purchase breakfast there. Please let the bakery staff know you are with Bruny Island Long Weekend upon arrival as we have reserved seating.
We arrive back at the waterfront in Hobart at 5PM on the final day.
- What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Discover discounts for walkers here: https://www.taswalkingco.com.au/walker-benefits/
The Tasmanian Walking Company and Bruny Island Long Weekend have partnered with three outstanding hotels in Hobart, all providing superb accommodation, service and located within a 5-minute walk from our departure point in Hobart - Daci & Daci Bakers. Details on accessing exclusive accommodation deals with our partner hotels in Hobart will be provided by our reservations team once you have booked your Bruny Island Long Weekend.
The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotels, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart
This multi-award winning hotel has a reputation for being one of Australia's most welcoming and relaxing inner-city hotels. The rooms are spacious and the hospitality friendly.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter Street, Hobart
A hotel where art and history collide. Hobart's oldest waterfront warehouse has been transformed into Australia's first dedicated art hotel with views capturing the bustling wharf. Close to galleries, restaurants, bars and cafe's
MACq01, 18 Hunter Street, Hobart
Accommodation is available in a variety of luxurious suites and rooms. Each of the hotel's 114 rooms are linked to a real character central to the story of Tasmania - heroes, vilians, explorers, inventors, convicts, bushrangers, first people, industrial giants, political mavericks and much more
- Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age for guests walking with us is 12 years old. We can be a bit more flexible with younger children that book a private trip, when we have the opportunity to modify the itinerary. There are no upper age restrictions, however, for guests walking with us who are 69 or above we do require a GP to sign off on a letter we provide.