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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 4 days kayaking
Accommodation
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$2450AUD

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Trip Code: BIP

Trip highlights


  • Kayaking in the secluded coves and caves of Bruny Island
  • Enjoying the delicious local food and wine
  • Wildlife spotting and the chance to see Australian fur seals and fairy penguins

Bruny Island is located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, separated from the mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The island is home to swathes of eucalyptus forests, towering cliffs and remote, long sandy beaches. Bruny Island is the perfect place to discover on water, and kayakers will be rewarded with secluded coves, sea caves, lagoons, and sea kelp forests. While out on the water we may be surprised by an Australian Fur Seal popping their head up by the kayaks while overhead we’ll keep any eye out for the magnificent albatross.

Bruny Island has a broad range of paddling options from tranquil, sheltered bays to towering cliffs exposed to the Southern Ocean. The trip is designed to take advantage of the best paddling opportunity on any given day. As such there is no predetermined itinerary and the exact amount of time paddling or distance covered on any trip or outing will vary.

Nights are spent in our cozy lodge sampling delicious Bruny Island delicacies including the freshest of oysters, handmade cheeses, local honey and chocolate. Join us on a mini escape to beautiful Bruny!

Activities:

Itinerary

We will pick you up this morning from your Hobart hotel for the short drive to our paddle launch location. All paddlers will be allocated a small dry bag to carry essentials such as a camera, spare clothing layer and water bottle. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle to Bruny Island. After a safety briefing and gear allocation, we launch the kayaks and begin our adventure by paddling across the sheltered waters of D’Entrecastaux Channel to Bruny Island. The group will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the many secluded coves, taking in the beauty of our first island stop. Depending on conditions, we’ll transfer further south by vehicle and then paddle the last few kilometres to our base, Bruny Island Lodge. Our accommodation is situated on 860 acres of prime coastal bushland and is our exclusive home for the remainder of the trip. After an orientation and perhaps a short hike, we’ll enjoy a celebratory beverage in our private coastal retreat. Distance: approximately 8-10 kms paddling.

Meals:  L,D

We begin the day with a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides and then transport the kayaks a short distance to begin the day’s paddling. We paddle the edge of the Labilladierre peninsula, exploring the pristine coastline, until we arrive on the sandy beaches on the edge of the Southern Ocean. Here we can stretch our legs and enjoy a short stroll to look south to the ocean stretching to Antarctica or, if the weather is warm, perhaps enjoy a refreshing dip before our paddle home. Distance: approximately 16-18 kms paddling.

Meals:  B,L,D

We load our kayaks and head a short distance to the edge of the tranquil Cloudy Bay Lagoon. We paddle out of the lagoon and into the open waters of Cloudy Bay, where we spend the day exploring the rugged sea cliffs and caves. A gourmet picnic lunch will be enjoyed on a secluded beach. Once again, for the adventurous, a refreshing dip awaits or perhaps a short stroll taking in this remote piece of Tasmania. After lunch we paddle a little further to explore the towering dolerite cliffs before returning to the shelter of the lagoon and our accommodation. Distance: approximately 16 kms paddling.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is spent exploring stunning Adventure Bay, a large eastern facing bay on South Bruny and our final paddling destination for the trip. Launching from a sheltered beach we paddle beneath the towering cliffs of the Fluted Cape and keep an eye out for sea life such as the Australian Fur seal, terns, gannets and even the elusive albatross. After lunch we take a short hike to the top of Fluted Cape to peer out across the Tasman Sea. We finish paddling by mid afternoon and drive north to the ferry terminal for the transfer back to the mainland. While driving we’ll keep an eye out for the very unusual Bruny Island white wallaby. The trip ends with a transfer to your Hobart accommodation, arriving at approximately 5:30pm. Distances: approximately 8 kms paddling.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Professional kayaking guides
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine/beer/cider with dinners
  • 3 nights twin share accommodation at Bruny Island Lodge, with shared bathrooms
  • Ferry transfer from Bruny Island back to Hobart
  • Return transfers between Hobart city and Bruny Island
  • Double expedition kayaks, paddles, pfd, spray skirts
  • Half day Sea-kayaking activity
  • One 20L dry bag, a paddling cag (waterproof jacket), and pogies (paddling mittens)
  • Emergency communications and group first-aid kit

  • Travel to and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: additional alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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Sea kayaking is an activity that any reasonably fit person can participate in and could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for the four day itinerary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. In general, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the paddling. It’s a good idea to begin some regular exercise like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming well before the trip. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.


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Total Priceper person from

$2450AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for departure accompanied by special guest Tim CopeAUD$150
  • Single SupplementAUD$500
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Bruny Island Kayak trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

Bruny Island has a cool, temperate climate dominated by the westerly flow of winds that blow across the southern ocean. From November to April are the warmest months with air temperatures ranging from as low as 8°C to a comfortable 23°C, although fluctuations above and below these averages are common, often all in the space of a day! The ocean temperatures remain relatively stable over the course of the year with the temperature averaging between a refreshing 13-17°C from November to April. While rain can occur at any time of year, the summer months are typically dominated by a warm northerly stream of air.

Sea kayaking is an activity that any reasonably fit person can participate in and could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for the four day itinerary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.

The kayaks used are Wilderness Systems Tsunami singles and Mission Eco Niizh doubles, all sit-in with rudder. The kayaks are stable, easy to paddle and control and suited for beginners to experts. On day one of the trip you will be given a thorough briefing on all aspects of sea kayaking techniques with ample time to practice and familiarise yourself with the kayaks.

Paddles used are Werner Skagit at 220cm length. All paddles are split for easy adjustment to suit your style.

Other equipment supplied include your pfd (life jacket), one 20 litre dry bag, a set of pogies (paddling mittens), cagoule (an over-the-head style jacket that has seals on the waist, wrist and neck offering protection from wind and rain).

The trip starts on day 1 with an early morning pick up from your hotel. You will need to arrive into Hobart the day before your trip starts.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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