Planning a camping trip

Lesson 1  Where is Bruny Island and how does it compare to where I live?

Locate Bruny Island on a map of Australia, look at the geographical map provided and read the geographical facts on the Wikipedia page. Reference:


  How far is Bruny Island from where you live? Use to help you:

  How does Bruny Island compare to where you live in: size (km2), landscape (natural and man made features) shape,

  How would you get to Bruny Island from where you live?    Reference:


What things might you do on Bruny Island? Reference:

Plan your camping trip travel schedule and some activities youmight do while you are there.

Lesson 2   What is the weather like there?

Travel advice to Bruny Island suggests that one should check the weather before taking walking trips and ALWAYS BRING A RAIN JACKET. Why do you think this advice is given?

Look at the interactive weather map on the BOM site and observe wind wave directions around the southern end of Tasmania. What do you see? Reference:


Look at the topographical map on the website given. What geographical features of South Bruny Island might influence the weather there? Reference:

Look at the range of temperatures experienced over the course of a week on Bruny Island in Summer and Winter. What kinds of clothes and equipment might you need to stay on the island for five days in Summer and in Winter?

Plan your camping trip clothing and equipment list

Lesson 3  What kinds of animals live there and why?

The Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania flyer explains that Bruny Island and Green Island (close by) are important breeding grounds for some endangered bird species. Reference:

Why do you think the birds mentioned would find a safe and appropriate home on Bruny Island?

Why do you think South Bruny Island “provides ideal habitat for many threatened and endemic fauna species.”?

What does ‘endemic’ and ‘fauna’ mean?

Make a list of the kinds of animals and plant you might like to see and photograph on your camping trip. Sketch at least three of your top choices, and make some notes so that you remember what they look like and can look out for them on your trip.

Lesson 4  Who found Bruny Island - Who was there first?

Read the history of Bruny Island and create a timeline to show significant dates in the occupation of Bruny Island and visits by explorers. References:;

Why would many significant indigenous artefacts and sites from the Bruny Island region now be under water?

When the first humans inhabited the Bruny Island area, the climate was ‘similar to that of Alaska today’. What is that like?

Read about the search for the Bruny Island Mission. Why wasn’t the Mission a successful idea?  Reference:

Find “Murrayfield” the site of the original Bruny Island Mission, on a map of Bruny Island and write a set of directions on how to get there from the ferry terminal so you can visit on your camping trip.

Lesson 5   What is it made from?

Much of Tasmania, and Bruny Island included, sits on a bed of dolerite. This is a very different natural material than the limestone bed underpinning Queenscliff. Reference:

What is dolerite?

What properties does dolerite have that influence the land and uses of the natural materials?

Where on Bruny Island might you observe some dolerite landforms?

Find these locations and note their GPS coordinates so you can find them again on your camping trip.