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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 the next Festival dates?
A)15th-17th March 2024

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) On the program page

Q) I heard a rumour that the creme de la creme of Tasmania's birding speakers are going to be lecturing during the festival! 

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. Here they are

Q) Where are the events located?
A) Many of the events are at the Adventure Bay Hall, but we have also ensured we have spread the walks and events out all over Bruny.  This page lists all the locations and the 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)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. 


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 nature journaling and sound recordings 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 experienced guides, rangers, ornithologists, 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 and the lectures 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 - We have kept prices affordable for families and  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.  
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 to work out a solution.  

Q) I would love to chat with other people coming to the festival, 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 

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.

Q) Where can I get Cash, Petrol and Health Supplies?

Most business on the island have eftpos facilities. There is a cash ATM inside the Adventure Bay General Store
and at the ferry terminal at Kettering (prior to crossing to Bruny Is.)

There are two general stores on the island at Adventure Bay and Alonnah, a small range at the Dennes Point cafe and the Roberts Point kiosk.
Camping supplies and equipment are available at Bruny Island Landscape Supplies, Great Bay

Petrol on Bruny Island is only available at Adventure Bay store.

A health centre and a pharmacy are located at Alonnah.

Q) Do I need a National Park Pass?
A valid park entry permit is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks including South Bruny National Park, if you are heading down to the lighthouse you will be entering the National Park.  There are a variety of passes available. Visit this site to see which is appropriate for you. 
Holiday passes can be bought online. Daily and holiday passes are also available at the Adventure Bay Store.

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