Our last day on Bruny was spent down south, checking out Cloudy Bay and walking to East Cloudy Head. I used to camp around here a lot when I was in high school, but hadn’t been back in a long time; it was nice to see that most things had stayed the same over the past 5 years.
We drove along Cloudy Bay beach towards Cloudy Corner and were surprised to see only a few people camping here on such a nice weekend. The track starts near the water tank on the far side of the campsites and follows an old vehicle track that hasn’t been used in many years. There is a registration box but it was empty, with only scraps of paper and no pencil in sight.
The walking track climbs up a few small sandy hills before dropping back down to the intersection to Beaufort Bay. The track down to the bay is overgrown but only takes about 5 minutes and leads to a nice rocky beach full of bull kelp. The main track then climbs up once more, before narrowing and becoming overgrown. The beautiful view east towards Pyramid Bay and The Friars makes up the last 20 minutes before reaching the bushy summit of East Cloudy Head. We made it to the top in a leisurely 1 hour and 10 minutes and had some lunch with a huge skink that was basking in the sun. There are a number of lookouts on either side and both are worth checking out while you are there.
All up 7.3kms in 2 hours and 50 minutes with 427m ascent.
Getting there: Follow all directions to Cloudy Bay on South Bruny. Continue driving along the beach towards the eastern end and park near the far water tank and toilet at Cloudy Corner. If you cant drive along the beach it will add another hour or so to the walk.