Bruny Island Camping: Everything You Need To Know

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Visiting this part of the world and interested in camping on Bruny Island? Good choice! Bruny Island is gorgeous and a great choice for your camping adventures.

With the big South Bruny National Park at the southern end of the island, there are some awesome places to camp. Add in a commercial camping Bruny Island Tasmania option and you have a good range of choices for an island with only 600 residents.

Jetty Beach from the campground Bruny Island
Jetty Beach from the campground – want to camp here?

In fact, your question shouldn’t be should you go camping at Bruny Island but which Bruny Island camping sites should you pick.

Below, you will find all your Bruny Island camping options from information you need to know before you go to Bruny Island camping spots as well as a handy map of the best locations.

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Camping On Bruny Island: Need To Know Before You Go

Jetty Beach Camping Bruny Island
Picnic tables at Jetty Beach Campground

If you are planning to stay in one of the four camping areas located in the national park or The Neck Reserve then you will need to bring your own water and fuel stove/contained fire pit. If you need firewood, you will also need to bring it as you are not allowed to collect firewood within the reserves. You also need to take all rubbish with you.

All of these options have pit toilets.

Cloudy Corner can only be reached by 4WD but you can get to the rest with 2WD. There are long sections of unsealed roads to reach The Pines and Jetty Beach campgrounds.

If you are looking for dog friendly camping Bruny Island, contact Captain Cook Caravan Park as they list themselves as pet friendly. Dogs are generally not allowed in the national park.

The Neck Reserve Camping Area Bruny Island free camping
The toilet at The Neck Reserve Camping Area

Bruny Island Camping Prices And Booking

There are five options for your camping on Bruny Island. Four of these are inside South Bruny National Park or just outside and have the same fees. At the time of publishing, this is $10 per night for 1 or 2 people, $5 for each additional adult and $2.50 for each child 5 and over. A family of five can pay $15. Captain Cook Caravan Park has its own fees detailed further below.

No advanced bookings are taken and they operate on a first-come-first-served basis.

Jetty Beach campground prices
Jetty Beach Campground prices

Self-registration deposit boxes can be found at each campground and you need cash to pay. An exception is at Jetty Betty where there is a pay display kiosk which accepts card payments.

Note that there are technically no free camping Bruny Island options. All of them have a fee associated but this is minimal in the national parks. While we mention prices for the various areas for camping on Bruny Island Tasmania, these are subject to change and you do also need a national park pass on top of this fee if you are camping in a national park (The Neck Reserve is not in the national park).

You can find more information about getting a Tasmanian national park pass here.

Options For Bruny Island Camping Grounds

Captain Cook Caravan Park Bruny Island

Captain Cook Holiday Park Bruny Island
Captain Cook Holiday Park – right by Adventure Bay

If you like your camping nice and easy with services readily available in a handy location then this Bruny Island camping Adventure Bay option is definitely what you should pick.

The Captain Cook Caravan Park is located in Adventure Bay opposite the beach in a great location if you want to have easy access to local services. This is probably the best location on the island for access without a car to a shop, attractions and eating options (note this is not a heavily populated island so this is not saying much).

These camping sites Bruny Island are near a store, the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, Bruny Island Cruises and the Grass Point walk. There’s also bicycle rental to help you get around.

Captain Cook Caravan Park Bruny Island
Captain Cook Caravan Park

Being in a caravan park, this is a more expensive option but you do get access to more facilities including a playground, BBQ facilities and a shared kitchen and lounge area.

The caravan park has powered and unpowered grassy sites looking at the bay or by the river. Prices start at $25 a night.

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The Neck Reserve Camping Area

The Neck Reserve Camping Area
The Neck Reserve Camping Area

The Neck Reserve free camping Bruny Island area is an easy choice because it’s right by the main road and near the lookout on the Neck – a beautiful area. The road into the campground is unsealed but it is short.

These Bruny Island camping sites are right by the gorgeous beach at the Neck area and you are a short drive from Adventure Bay or Alonnah if you need supplies.

The Neck Reserve Camping Area
The Neck Reserve Camping Area
Bruny Island The Neck Beach
The beautiful beach at The Neck

There is a pit toilet and non-treated tank water. An upside of this camping area is that it is not in South Bruny National Park so national park fees do not apply (the camping fees listed above do though).

The Pines Campsite Bruny Island

This is the first of two nearly free camping spots Bruny Island on Cloudy Bay. These are both located in South Bruny National Park.

The Pines is a small site in a great location for surfers who want to surf at the nearby beach. It’s also in a great spot for hikers who want to explore. There is a pit toilet.

Access to Cloudy Bay camping Bruny Island is on unsealed roads.

Cloudy Bay Bruny Island
Cloudy Bay, Bruny Island

Cloudy Corner Bruny Island Camping

This Cloudy Bay Bruny Island camping option is larger at the other end of Cloudy Bay. It is only accessible to 4WD vehicles with a 3 kilometre beach drive at low tide.  It’s possible to launch boats from the beach here.

The harder access makes this perfect for people wanting to get away from it all as it does keep people away 🙂

There is a pit toilet and non-treated tank water.

Jetty Beach Camping Bruny Island

Jetty Beach Camping Bruny Island
Jetty Beach Camping Bruny Island

If you like to be further away from civilisation and more immersed in nature, these nearly free camping spots Bruny Island offers are down the southern end of the island in South Bruny National park. About a ten minute drive from the picturesque Cape Bruny Lighthouse, it’s located on an unsealed road and while we got there no problems in our Kia 2WD, I did find it a little stressful with quite a few potholes at times.

The reward is a lovely spot by a small beach which offers sheltered swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. This is also by the Labillardiere Peninsula and you can walk a 5 hour circuit around the whole thing or a 1.5 hour shorter walk called the Luggaboine Circuit around a shorter section. We walked the latter with our kids (aged 4-10) and enjoyed it.

Jetty Beach Camping Bruny Island campground
Jetty Beach Campground

This camping at Bruny Island option is perfect for families and is set among trees by the beach.

There is a pit toilet on site which is well maintained and a couple of picnic tables. There is easy access to the beach.

Bruny Island Camping Locations

Bruny Island Camping Locations map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Final Words

Camping on Bruny Island is lots of fun and this is a great way to see more of this island and enjoy its gorgeous surrounds.

We hope you found this guide to all your Bruny Island camping options useful!

If you are looking for things to do in Bruny during your visit, check out our full guide here. Interesting in seeing Bruny Island penguins? Read more here. You can also find more fun things to do in Southern Tasmania here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.