Frequently Asked Questions

How can I book?

Online (Recommended) – Click Book Now
Online bookings for the following day cut off at 7 pm. However, if you call our after-hours team we might still be able to get you booked in, it’s worth trying as sometimes we still have seats available. Try emailing if you can’t get through, please.
Phone – Call and speak to our reservations team during our office hours of Monday to Friday 8am-5pm AEST. Weekend and on-call staff are available all other times.
0361443045 or +61361443045 international
Email – you can email any tour requests to info@brunyislandsafaris.com.au

Family groups, team groups, conference, photography groups, bird watchers, private tours or couples. Email your requests for private group tours and charters to bookings@brunyislandsafaris.com.au

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU AFTER 5PM, ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS?

We have on-call staff that monitor the phones and emails. If we miss your call please email info@brunyislandsafaris.com.au and we will get back to you promptly. Please leave a phone number in the event that you need to contact us urgently. Your Tassie and Bruny Island holiday experiences are important to us…

HOW DO I CONFIRM MY BOOKING, PICK UP TIME & LOCATION?

Check your email confirmation and if you are still unsure – email us at bookings@brunyislandsafaris.com.au with your name, booking date and a selected pick-up location from our Pick up locations schedule, closest to your accommodation. If you would prefer to speak to one of our helpful staff please call during office hours.

WHERE DO THE TOURS START?

Our Bruny Island Tours start in and around Hobart, Cambridge, Mornington, Kingston, Snug and Kettering. Or if you are staying on Bruny Island we can pick you up from one of a few locations listed on our pick up list. Days of departure vary through the year depending on which tour you are booking, check the tour page with our interactive map to work out which Pick up location is right for you.

CAN I FLY OUT OF TASMANIA ON THE FINAL DAY OF MY TOUR?

Yes, for any flight departing at 8:30pm or later from Hobart is OK.

 

HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING? - CARRY ON ONLY

As our tours start and finish in the same place, we’d appreciate it if you can minimise luggage by leaving it at your accommodation, bring only those things you need for the tour, limited to one day pack or carry on size. 

WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE IN TASMANIA?

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has up to date weather information available. Visit Cape Bruny Weather for more information on the forecast weather on South Bruny or select a different region you’re travelling to. We rarely need to cancel tours due to weather as we can restructure the day to minimise the impacts of rain and wind. Call us for further information.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Comfortable shoes to walk in, warm clothes for the cooler months, light clothes for the beach, a rain jacket (Only if rain is forecast), cap or beanie, water bottle (Freshwater on the bus for refills). Small day bag. Camera and a sense of humour 🙂 

Please don’t bring Drones unless you are licenced and permitted by Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Services. 

No pets in National Parks (except guide dogs)… Funnily enough, we have had a guest on tour with a rabbit in a bag and another with a small pooch 😉

 

ARE MEALS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

Yes, all food tastings morning tea and lunch are included.

Produce inclusions:

Bruny Island Oysters, Bruny Island Cheese & wood-oven bread for morning tea.

Bruny Island Honey tasting and farmgate

Bruny Island Chocolate and Fudge tasting

Bruny Island lunch at Hotel Bruny – A well designed collaborative menu for Bruny Island Safaris. V, GF options available. 

DO YOU CATER FOR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?

For our full day Tour, we have a set lunch menu to choose from with Vegetarian, Vegan and GF options, and daily specials on the day. You can view the menu here. Please advise our guide on the day of your dietary needs and advise us when booking if possible.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN / AGE RESTRICTIONS

Can we travel as a family? Yes and we have children prices, however children under 5 years are not permitted to participate in the Lighthouse Tours due to operational safety requirements. Please check with our Reservations Team before booking children under 12 months, as our Day Tours are not recommended for infants under 12 months of age. Our buses only cater for booster seats, not baby seats. Tasmanian Transport act states that you may nurse your infant under 12 months,  however we believe this is unsafe. If you board the bus and have not notified us that you have a baby, we reserve the right to refuse you access and cancel your booking.

Are trips physically demanding?

Not really

Multi levels and platforms at the Neck

. Our tours are suitable for most fitness levels, even those with restricted mobility can enjoy the tour eg, walking frame or stick.
Our guides will ensure you get the most out of your day regardless of your level of fitness. For example, the Neck Wildlife Zone and Lookout have a series of walkways and steps to the top that can be challenging for some. Our guides will guide you to the level that you feel most comfortable with and continue on to the other levels with the rest of the group. All levels have magnificent views.
At Cape Bruny, those that opt-out of walking up to the Lighthouse can enjoy the Lighthouse Museum on level ground instead.

Bus sizes and groups

Our maximum group size is 20 passengers plus the tour guide. These small group sizes allow you plenty of time to get to know your fellow passengers and guide.
Our tours are conducted in modern, comfortable air-conditioned buses. By having small groups it means we can spend as much time as possible outside the bus exploring the wonderful sights of Bruny Island

Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours and Sunset Tours

Do I need to book?

Bookings have priority over walk ins, so best to book online to avoid disappointment. Group sizes are limited to 10 people. Please check our Tour times and availability.

How do I get to Bruny Island & The Bruny Island Lighthouse Tour at Cape Bruny?

Self Drive to Kettering and catch the Vehicular Ferry and drive your car 1 hour and 15 minutes to Cape Bruny. Be aware the last 18 km’s is gravel.

Do you pick up in Hobart?

No, you need to Self Drive to Cape Bruny National Park.

How long does it take to drive to Cape Bruny National Park?

1 hour and 15 minutes

Can I catch the Ferry back to Kettering after the Sunset Lighthouse Tour?

No, you need to stay on Bruny Island overnight.

Do I need a National Parks Pass?

Yes, they can be purchased online here. To enter a National Park in Tasmania it’s required that you have a Park Pass. We highly recommend buying a Holiday Person or Holiday Vehicle pass, allowing you entry into any park in Tasmania whilst on holiday, including Mt Wellington, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, South Bruny, etc. This will take any guesswork out of your holiday and avoid those potential fines if you don’t have one. Please keep your pass handy when traveling around Tasmania.

Daily Person (under 5 free of charge) – $20 (Valid until midnight) in our opinion you get much better value if you go for the holiday pass.
Daily Vehicle (up to 8 people) – $40 (Valid until midnight)
Holiday Person – $40 (under 5 free of charge, valid for 2 months) 
Holiday Vehicle – $80 (Max 8 people per car and valid for 2 months) 

Book your pass here Tasmanian National Parks Pass

 

Can I take my hire car to Bruny Island?

Not all hire cars are allowed on Bruny Island or gravel Roads, best to check with your hire car company first. or book our full day Bruny Island Safaris Day Tour

Bruny Island Ferry information

Please check online with Bruny Island Ferry for updated time tables and news.

The Ferry departs Kettering Tasmania, and is about a 35 minute drive from Hobart. Please allow at least 45 mins and be prepared for extended waiting times in peak seasons.

Some friendly advice for self drivers on route to Cape Bruny

Please drive on the left-hand side of the road at all times.
Do not park in the middle of the road or on blind corners, pull well over to the left if you need to stop.
If you are uncertain of the road – please pull over out of courtesy to others.
Do not fly drones in the middle of the road or in the National Park.

Drive to the conditions. Road surfaces may change without warning from sealed roads to gravel. Gravel roads have soft edges and potholes. Drive slowly at night and watch out for animals that might decide to cross onto the road.