A beautiful and varied walk bursting with birdlife in the south of Bruny Island, Tasmania, the East Cloudy Head Track is an 8 mi out-and-back trail that starts and ends at Cloudy Bay Beach.
This stunning walking route begins at the car park overlooking Cloudy Bay Beach. It’s important to note that in the spring and summer months shorebirds are known to lay their eggs in the debris on this beach so walkers are advised to keep to the wet sand during this time.
The trail follows the white sand of Cloudy Bay Beach for around 2 miles before heading along Imlays Creek inland, where the uneven, bush trail begins to climb steeply in places for approximately 2 miles through coastal heathland; the perfect place from which to spot the magnificent native birds amongst the moorland. After the bush walk and climb, your efforts are rewarded at Cloudy Head with far-reaching views that stretch along the island’s south coast, out to The Friars, the four impressive dolerite rocks off the south of Bruny and you should always look out for seals, dolphins and whales.
This beautifully diverse hiking trail is graded as Medium difficulty with a total elevation gain of 1109 ft. Bushwalking experience is recommended on this trail, which usually takes around 4 – 5 hours to complete. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
and caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here
To reach Bruny Island you can catch a vehicle ferry from Hobart, which takes 20 minutes to reach Kettering ferry terminal on the island, or you can arrange a visit with a guided tour which will organise your transport to and from Bruny Island. It’s important to note that there is no public transport operating on the island so walking, driving or travelling with a tour company are the only options.
‘A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks so make the most of your time on the island and plan other walks on your route planner or hiking app before you go.
Dogs are not allowed on Bruny Island for the protection and conservation of the park and its wildlife.