Frequently Asked Festival Questions


Q) Is the Bruny Island Bird Festival the loveliest wee Bird Festival on the loveliest island in the whole wide world?
A) Why yes it is, thank you for asking

Q)What are this years Festival dates?OBP - First Dog On The Moon - Bruny Island Bird Festival
A)19-22nd October 2018

Q)How do I get in touch with the festival coordinator?
A) Please see the Contact page

Q) How do I see all the events?
A) Click here to see the events ordered by type, or click here to see them ordered by day.

Q) Now I know what I would like to do, how do I book my events?
A) Now come along, there is a huge Bookings button at the top of the screen, but you can also click here if you like.

Q) I heard a rumour that the creme de la creme of Tasmania's birding speakers are going to be lecturing for free during the festival! This surely cant be true!
A) Why yes it is true, they are not only the most charming, intelligent and good looking bird loving speakers, but they are also incredibly generous with their time and knowledge and through their support of the festival it allows us to offer the speaker series for free.  ( Donations at the door are very very welcome )

Q) I would like to rock out at the festival wearing a Bird Festival vest and carrying a fabulous Endemics birds tote bag, please let me know where I can buy one for myself and one for all my friends.
A) Walk this way please for top notch merch.

Q) Where are the events located?
A) Many of the events are at the Adventure Bay HQ, but we have also ensured we have spread the walks and events out all over Bruny.  This page lists all the locations and this Google Map has all the main festival locations marked, you are welcome to use it to get around, but do remember you may not have reception everywhere on Bruny.

Q) I only come to festivals to win prizes, show me what you have got?
A) Bit strange, but ok, here is a cornucopia of amazing prizes donated by some of the most generous people and companies imaginable.  Please support them all.

Q)If I arrive early or stay later than just the festival dates, are there other things to do on Bruny?
A) Bruny is famous for its beauty and has many fantastic activities and walks.  The island is full of gourmet food produce and abounds in wildlife.  There is also a list of Pre & Post Festival Events happening and also non festival events that are bird/art & nature themed that I though you might like to know about.

Q)I am not really a bird watcher, will I still enjoy the festival?
A) YES - We have such diverse activities from lectures to print workshops, cruises to photography workshops, that no matter your level of knowledge or interest, you will find plenty to fill your days, and may leave the festival more of a birder than when you arrived. Have a look at the complete Festival Program

Q)I am a serious and experienced bird watcher, will I still enjoy the festival?
A) YES - The calibre of the guides and presenters is such that even if you are an experienced birder, you will find yourself in the company of some of Tasmania's most knowledgable and expererienced guides, rangers, ornathogogists, ecologists, zoologists - all the ologists.   The festival is aimed at being inclusive and welcoming to all levels of knowledge, yet activities like the Inala tours, the lectures, the Bird Cruise, The Birdathon, The OBP Movie and Q&A ... shall give ample opportunity for even the most long term birders to add to their store of knowledge and enjoyment. Have a look at the complete Festival Program

Q)Can I bring my children? 
A) YES - The Friday and Saturday are especially crammed with activities suitable for children and with the whole of Saturday being family day at the Adventure Bay HQ,  the most difficult thing will be working out how to fit everything in.  We have kept prices very affordable for families and many of the activities are free of charge for children under 12. As much as this is a bird festival, it is also about enjoying and respecting all aspects of nature and the environment.  Have a look at the complete Festival Program
If you are thinking of taking a child in an adult group situation where there may be a need for quiet movements and hushed voices for the length of the tour in order to see the birdlife, please judge whether you think it will be suitable for the age and personality of the child.

Q)I have booked a selection of fantastic events but now tragically I have a wedding / a job interview / a date with destiny over the festival weekend - and I need to alter / cancel my bookings.  How do I do that?
A) We are very sorry to hear that, do get in touch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to work out a solution.  The reservation and cancellation policy is at the bottom of the booking page.

Q) I would like to add more onto my booking without paying another booking fee, is that possible?
A) Of course it is, when you are on the booking form, simply choose 0 people from the first drop down menu, then make the rest of the booking as normal, but please dont forget to give me your name and a heads up that it is an additional booking and I will link it up with your previous bookings.

Q) I would love to share a lift with someone from Hobart / between events, can you hook me up with nice birdy people?
A) To avoid becoming personally involved we have created this handy wee Facebook group where anyone who wishes to, can chat directly with each other and work out arrangements that suit.  There will also be a "I need a lift please" flag at the Adventure Bay hall where you can stand and look charming and hopefully share lifts around the island.brunybirdbrenda - first dog on the moon - bruny island bird festival

Q) I would love to share a house / join a quiz team / join a Birdathon team, but am solo and not sure where to start.
A) Fear not, we are a very friendly festival and you shall make many new birdy friends.  You can join the facebook group mentioned above and/or, you can book as normal and simply mention you are solo and I will join you up with other individuals

Q) Where can I stay on Bruny Island?
A) Please see the Accommodation page

Q)How do I get to Bruny?
A)Please see the Travel Page

Q) What is the Bruny ferry timetable?
A)Please see the Travel Page

Q)Where can I eat on Bruny and during the Festival?
A) Please see the Dining page

Q) How can I find out about the birds of Bruny Island before I arrive?
A) You can view the Birds page of the website and also download a pdf of the Bruny Island Birdlist