2018 Festival Program

Welcome to our 2018 Bruny Island Bird Festival Program, bursting at the seams with bird related events.  BOOK NOW

Our community celebration of birdlife and nature is now in its 5th anniversary and we are proud of how it has become such a joyful and well loved Australian birding event.  
Please take time to read through the program and absorb all the fantastic walks, lectures, workshops and events that will be part of the Festival.  We have done our very best to allow you to be able to attend a very diverse selection of activities over the 4 days, however you may have to plan carefully to fit in everything you wish to do.  
Remember there are many events that do not require a booking, and due to the generosity of our presenters and sponsors, they are often free or 'donation only' to attend.  The festival is diverse, inclusive and welcoming to all, no matter what your level of birding knowledge and interest may be.
We look forward to welcoming you to our very special Bruny Island Bird Festival on this unique and beautiful island.

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1. Birdwatching Tours

Birding Bruny Island - Day Tour

Pink Robin - Cat Davidson - Bruny Island Bird FestivalFriday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Monday if enough interest)

Meet at Adventure Bay Hall carpark

$190 pp. Bookings required. Min 6 people Max 8

A day tour of Bruny Island with a specialist Inala tour guide at a special festival only price will give you a fantastic opportunity to explore
the many diverse habitats of Bruny Island (including a visit to the Inala Private Reserve ) and discover a fantastic selection of birds.  You will learn
about their calls, their identifying marks, their behaviours etc. The Inala guides know Bruny Island intimately and are overflowing with information
about the flora, fauna, history, geology and seasonal rhythms of this remarkable island.

You will be travelling in an Inala vehicle throughout the day.
BYO lunch (Snacks and cold drinks provided). BOOK HERE

Bruny Island Seabird Cruise

Bruny Island Cruises - Gold Sponsor - Bruny Island Bird FestivalFriday 19th October, 11:00am - Bruny Island Cruises, 1005 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay

$135 adult, child (3-16 yrs) $85. Bookings required. Max 43

The Bird Festival joins forces with multi-award-winning Bruny Island Cruises exploring the edge of the majestic Southern Ocean and Bruny Island’s abundant coastal sea life. This specialist birding cruise will commence along the Bruny Island coastline, showcasing amazing scenery and offering a unique guided experience with Bird Festival expert seabird specialists: Paul Brooks and Dr Eric Woehler, who are passionate about birds.  Expect to see inshore seabirds – gannets, shearwaters, gulls and terns – and we hope to see some of the oceanic species - albatrosses, petrels and prions – and hear about them through the lens of our expert guides as they seek out the best possible birding experiences.  Expect also to see abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins and maybe even whales migrating back to their summer feeding grounds.

Meet at Bruny Island Cruises office, 1005 Adventure Bay Rd ( please note they have moved to their new location right at the end of the Adventure Bay Rd
since last festival)
Bring warm & wet weather clothing, snacks and drink.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys / Bruny Cruises  are a generous Gold Sponsor of the Bruny Island Bird Festival BOOK HERE

Penguin & Shearwater Colony Tour

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st - 7.15pm for 7:30pm departure,

Board buses at Festival Head Quarters, Adventure Bay Hall
$15 adult, Children under 12 and with an adult $5. Bookings required. Max 20 per day

Join an Inala bird guide and Dr Eric Woehler of BirdLife Tasmania to visit the Little Penguin colony at The Neck.  Learn about and hopefully see Little Penguins
as they make their way from the ocean back to their burrows after dark. You will also see the beautiful Short-tailed Shearwaters who breed at this site
after their epic migration journey across the oceans from the Antarctic to the Arctic.

Wear weather appropriate clothing. Bring your own torch, red cellophane will be provided. NB: No flash photography.

Note: The colony area may be under construction up to and possibly during the festival.  We have been granted special permission for access for these
festival tours, and this may mean a walk of several hundred metres on flat ground.

Tour 2 - 2.5hr  duration. BOOK HERE

Pre & Post Festival Tours

Forty-spotted Pardalote - Cindy Marple - Inala Nature Tours - Bruny Island Bird FestivalOrange Bellied Parrot - Stephen Zarate - Inala Nature Tours - Bruny Island Bird FestivalInala is a partner of the Festival and is offering these small group shortened version of their classic Endemics Tour at a very special Bruny Bird Festival Price
TOUR 1: Pre Bruny Bird Festival 13-17 October 2018
TOUR 2:  Post Bruny Bird Festival 23-27 October 2018 (Both following same itinerary )

Lead by an experienced Inala ornithologist, this small-group, inclusive 4 night tour offers a snapshot of the best of Tasmanian birding and includes a Southern Ocean seabird pelagic boat trip, flight to the South-west World Heritage Area and time on Bruny Island. The trip will focus on the 12 Tasmanian endemic bird species, breeding endemics and numerous other specialties including Southern Ocean Seabirds.  There will also be the opportunity to search for nocturnal marsupials now occurring only in Tasmania, as well as other marine and land mammals.  Expected bird count to be over 100, and highlights include the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Orange-bellied Parrot, Little Penguin, Eastern Ground Parrot, and several species of albatross and petrel. Target mammals include Eastern Quoll and Bruny’s famous white Bennett’s Wallabies.
( Meals: B- breakfast, L-lunch and D-dinner ) 
Day 1. Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck. Accom: Eaglehawk Neck. Meals: LD.
Day 2. Pelagic birding trip to continental shelf. Accom: Bruny. Meals: BLD.
Day 3. Orange-bellied Parrot flight to SW Wilderness. Accom: Bruny. Meals: BLD.
Day 4. Bruny Island.  Accom: Bruny Island. Meals: BLD.
Day 5. Bruny Island to Hobart. Accom: none. Meals B. 

Swift Parrot - Chris Tzaros  - Inala Nature Tours - Bruny Island Bird FestivalTasmanian Boobook - John Oates  - Inala Nature Tours - Bruny Island Bird Festival

Price:$2,800 per person twin share ($175 / $390 single supplement)

For all further details and to book these tours, please view the Inala Nature Tours website and contact the friendly team at Inala on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (6293 1217)

Please note: You cannot book these tours through the the festival booking page.