Bruny Island Birding Long Weekend - Dates throughout 2023 ( Jan, Mar, Oct, Nov)

Forty-spotted Pardalote - Alfred Schulte - Inala Nature Tours & Bruny Island Long Weekend
Forty-spotted Pardalote - Alfred Schulte - Inala Nature Tours & Bruny Island Long Weekend
Duration: 
3 days
Price: 
AU $2,550 per person
Overview: 

We are delighted to be offering this collaboration between Inala and our friends and neighbours - the excellent company 'Bruny Island Long Weekend'

The tour offers birdwatching with Inala's expert bird guides in a diverse range of habitats, from the ocean to rocky shores, remote beaches, coastal heath, temperate rainforest, and towering eucalypt forests and includes a private extensive tour of Inala's nature conservation sanctuary.

Take a journey by boat to Tasmania’s unspoilt gem, Bruny Island. Walk to beautiful, remote places with Inala's celebrated birding guides, and discover Tasmania's endemic birds.

Each day, carry lightweight packs and then return to the comfort of the Bruny Long Weekend private camp with 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. 

Start Location: 
Hobart TAS
Australia
Finish location: 
Hobart TAS
Australia

Inala Nature Tours & Bruny Island Long Weekend Collaboration
Three Day Birding & Walking Tour

January 20th-22nd 2023 | $2,550
March 3rd-5th 2023 | $2,550
October 6-8 2023 | $2,550
October 23-25 2023 | $2,550
November 10-12 2023 | $2,550

We are delighted to be offering this collaboration between Inala and our friends and neighbours - the excellent company 'Bruny Island Long Weekend'

The tour offers birdwatching with Inala's expert bird guides in a diverse range of habitats, from the ocean to rocky shores, remote beaches, coastal heath, temperate rainforest, and towering eucalypt forests and includes a private extensive tour of Inala's nature conservation sanctuary.

Take a journey by boat to Tasmania’s unspoilt gem, Bruny Island. Walk to beautiful, remote places with Inala's celebrated birding guides, and discover Tasmania's endemic birds.

Each day, carry lightweight packs and then return to the comfort of the Brung Long Weekend private camp with 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. 

ITINERARY

Day One: Great Bay

Approximately 5-6 hours walking and birding

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 birdlife 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.

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; 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.

Day Two: Inala

5-6 hours walking and birding

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 at our 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. View raptors such as the Tasmanian subspecies of the Wedge-tailed Eagle and the white morph of the Grey Goshawk from the raptor hide. 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 good chance of spotting Swift Parrots which breed on the property between September and January, as well as Flame, Scarlet and Pink Robins, and Beautiful Firetails.

Learn of the ecosystem in which these birds live, and conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats. The property is also a great place to see Bennetts Wallaby, Tasmanian Pademelon, 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 and a great range of coastal and bush birds, or we may take another winding track amongst the Eucalypts 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. 

Day Three: Mavista to Adventure Bay

2-3 hrs walking and birding

Rise early and explore the 100-acre 'Long Weekend' 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.

To finish the long weekend in style, Ray Jones at The Jetty Café’s deck will serve a multi-course lunch of Bruny Island produce as we await the arrival of our private boat on the beach below. 

The return boat trip to Hobart offers a scenic farewell to your birding adventure. 

Unique canvas-tent accommodation

The group will have exclusive use of the 'Bruny Island Long Weekend' 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, the 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 guests is an incredible hot water shower discretely located with spectacular views!

One of the best things about the accommodation being located at the southern end of Bruny Island is the night sky. With no light pollution, the stars are just incredible.

The 'Bruny Island Long Weekend' accommodation is built completely off-grid. They harvest the rain from the roof and pressure feed this water for all of your needs, including the incredible outdoor shower. For your shower and hot water in the kitchen, we use a gas system. A solar panel on the main roof provides the power to run pumps, small energy efficient lighting in the main structure and just two power points to enable guests to recharge your cameras.

Itinerary Details

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) 

October 7-9, 2022 | $2,550 SOLD OUT, WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
October 14-16 2022 | $2,550
November 18-20 2022 | $2,550

​January 20th-22nd 2023 | $2,550
March 3rd-5th 2023 | $2,550
October 6-8 2023 | $2,550
October 23-25 2023 | $2,550
November 10-12 2023 | $2,550

Available anytime by request: From $2,550

Minimum guests: 8 Maximum guests: 10

Single supplement: $500

Inclusions

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
A night tour to see Bruny Island's penguins and shearwaters
National Park passes
All bedding and linen

All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST 

Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.

You can extend your stay on Bruny Island at Inala's own accommodation.

Nestled in tall eucalypt forest on Inala's 1,500 acre private reserve at the foot of the South Bruny Ranges on Bruny Island our guests have a choice of a three bedroom Inala cottage, or a one bedroom spa unit, Nairana cottage.

The cottages combine modern conveniences such as TV, VCR/DVD, microwave oven, washing machine, clothes dryer and electric blankets with old-world charm such as slow combustion wood-heaters and timber panelling. When you book a cottage you get the entire cottage, the price includes two adults. 

Staying at Inala cottage places you inside the Inala private nature reserve, you are free to walk the property unaccompanied and use the pardalote platform and bird viewing hides.

For more information about the two on-site cottages, click here

Please note: this three-day tour finished in Hobart and guests need to organise their own transport to return to Bruny on the Bruny Island ferry.

 

 

Birding and Walking Tour of Bruny Island ( Guides Cat and Jonty and camp host Marlee)
Trip Report - March 2022

28th March 2022
It was a sunny bright morning when the boat full of smiling guests landed on the Dennes Point Jetty with Rob and Jonty at the helm.  I ( Cat ) and Trish were there to greet them and as bags were transferred from boat to bus, we started off our bird sightings with some Pacific Gulls and Black-faced Cormorants on the seashore.  Three separate magnificent White-bellied Sea Eagles had been spotted on the journey across the channel.
We walked up to the cafe and saw New-Holland Honeyeaters feeding in the Agapanthus and Goldfinches chittering from the front gardens. After a tour briefing we packed our bags and jumped in the van to drive down to our first walk from Cape Queen Elizabeth.  Conditions were perfect as we set off, warm and dry with a light breeze.  Magpies were singing in the dry sclerophyll forest alongside the track and the raucous call of the Yellow Wattlebird was all around us as we reached the thicker parts of the trail with flowering Banksia marginata and Melaleuca bursting with ventriloquist Crescent Honeyeaters, cheerful Brown Thornbills and bold New Holland Honeyeaters.  We reached the Big Lagoon and saw Black Swans, Pacific-black Ducks and Kelp Gulls upon the water and charming wee Superb-fairy Wrens and White-fronted Chats upon the shore.  A short flurry of rain guided us onward toward the beach and past the dry bed of Small Lagoon where both Dusky and Flame Robin were bopping about on the flats.
As we headed up the first slope, the Forest Ravens flew by to greet us with their mournful calls and as we rounded the hilltop with the rustling Casuarinas and the stunning views towards the Neck and Adventure Bay a flock of mellow Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came round the hillside with us and flapped gracefully onward over the horizon.  As we made our way down amongst the white star flowers of the Corea alba and out onto the open sand dunes, we began to see footprints of Eastern Quolls and Wallabies.
We made sure to walk on the wet sand to keep well away from any nesting shorebirds and started our walk towards the end of the Cape.  Along the way we came across several Northern Pacific Seastars washed up and feeding amongst them some Pacific Gulls with magnificent red bills and to our delight a pair of endangered Hooded Dotterels standing up in the dry sand watching us walk by.
As we left the beach at the far end we climbed up through the marram grass and low alpine bush until we reached a Muttonbird (Short-tailed Shearwater) colony. Being the middle of the day and the very end of the Shearwater season, there was no sign of any birds, only a faint whiff of guano in the air.  A Bennett’s Wallaby popped its head up to say hello at the back of the colony.

At the end of Cape Queen Elizabeth we stopped for lunch with stunning views on all sides and while we ate our delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats we saw Australasian Gannets and Short-tailed Shearwaters flying below far us and a magnificent White-bellied Sea Eagle circling over the Dolerite cliffs.
Our return journey at low tide took us back past the fantastic rock arch and as we returned to the lagoon there were now several stunning male Flame Robins displaying their incredible orange chests.
Turning a corner on the track we came across a family of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos right beside the track and watched them feeding and calling before they flapped slowly away.
As we returned to the carpark, the sun was so warm we decided to drop into the Honey Place for some delicious Leatherwood ice cream.  A short drive north to Great Bay took us to the oyster beds where Jonty harvested some fresh oysters and we shucked them on the shore with elderflower cordial as a complimentary beverage.

Crossing The Neck on the way south we saw Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers as well as elegant Black Swans and Masked Lapwings feeding in the rippling shallows.
Reaching camp we were welcomed by lovely camp host Marlee and settled in for a wonderful evening of excellent food, wine and chat, and as the light faded and the firelight flickered, the Pademelons appeared out of the dusk and the Tasmanian Moreporks began to call from the towering Eucalypts.

29th March 2022
After a great night's sleep and a lavish breakfast,the group travelled the short distance from camp to the neighbouring conservation reserve at Inala. Starting the walk in the Jurassic Botanic Garden where we were greeted by a family of Dusky Robins with the adorably fluffy chick still doing begging wing-fluttering behaviour. 

The next 5 hours of walking and birding through diverse and rich habitat types gave us excellent sightings of many wonderful birds including Forty-spotted Pardalotes feeding in the Eucalyptus viminalis, vibrant Green Rosella chewing on seeds in the Banksia, Scarlet and Flame Robins sitting like shining gems amongst the Leptospermum scoparium and when we reached the top of Benbullen with a stunning view over Cloudy Bay, three beautiful Wedge-tailed Eagles began spiralling upward in a thermal helix while we sat and enjoyed our lunch. The autumn forest was starting to burst with fungi and we saw many different species on our walk including an amazing soft pink Coral Fungi.  After we returned to the lowlands of Inala we decided that the sunny afternoon was too deliciously warm to waste without a swim, so we zipped down to a beautiful sheltered beach and most of the group went in for a bracing dip while a few of us walked quickly around the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and saw an Australasian Pipit, a rare Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and a big family of boisterous Superb Fairy-wrens.

30th March 2022
A wet morning greeted us on our final morning on Bruny but it did not dampen spirits one iota and was in fact the perfect weather to experience a wet sclerophyll forest and temperate rainforest at its most lush and misty.  The short but beautiful Mount Mangana walk took us through a wondrous selection of flora more suited to the higher altitude and wet conditions including Celerytop Pine, Myrtle Beech, Sassafras and Candle Heath. There were Tasmanian Scrubwrens, Tasmanian Thornbills and Scrubtits calling from the bush as we walked by and in the echoing sounds of the mountains the Black Currawong guided us to our destination.  Enjoying the return walk back down the gentle slope gave opportunity to chat and enjoy the close vibrancy of the foliage around us.
I farewelled the group on the mountain road who then returned to the north for their final indulgent lunch of local produce at the Dennes Point Cafe before the group returned to Hobart.

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