In the State’s far south-east, linked to the rest of the island by a short bridge over a dredged canal, lie the Tasman and Forestier peninsulas. The Tasman National Park protects the eastern and southern coastal regions of both, which are joined by a narrow isthmus at Eaglehawk Neck.
Undoubtedly, the park’s greatest heroes are its sea cliffs – Australia’s highest. Striking dolerite spires rise from the Tasman Sea, culminating in capes Hauy, Pillar, and Raoul. All three capes can be explored from well-graded tracks, including on the renowned multi-day
Three Capes Track, or via Great Short Walks to
Cape Raoul or
For a different perspective, experience the spectacular scale of the cliffs from below by tour boat or kayak – or for hard-core surfers, from the barrel of a giant wave off Shipstern Bluff – one of the most dangerous surf locations in the world.
These waters are also a divers’ mecca, with enormous sea caves, shipwrecks, and abundant, diverse and unique marine life. The varied coastline (sheltered to stormy), the proximity to the continental shelf, and a meeting of ocean currents, combine to create a habitat for ... everything, really. Whatever marine experience you choose, whether it be fishing, surfing, cruising, snorkelling or diving, expect to be accompanied by
dolphins – and, in season,
For an easier view of other internationally acclaimed geological marvels, the sea has sculpted from softer sandstones and mudstones, the wondrous Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Blowhole and Remarkable Cave – all these sights just a few steps from your vehicle.
But perhaps the park’s best-kept secret is its plant life. From towering eucalypt forests to colourful coastal heathlands, there’s a landscape you’re sure to enjoy. And with such diversity comes a great variety of Tasmania’s familiar birds and animals providing endless hours of pleasure.
If lazing on a beach or camping with family and friends is more your style,
Fortescue Bay (the end point for the
Three Capes Track), is one of Tasmania’s most beautiful campsites, set amongst tall blue gums and stringybarks, with a golden arc of wide sand. Here you can take your pick of peninsula pleasures: Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, rock climbing and walking ...
It’s no wonder Tasman Peninsula is lauded a nature-lovers’ playground.