Cape Pillar from the Three Capes Track
Cape Pillar from the Three Capes Track (photograph: Natalie Mendham)

Tasman National Park

Stunning sea cliffs and tall forests.

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​Tasman National Park is a wild, yet accessible park of tall forests and a truly spectacular coastline.

Waters from the Southern Ocean collide with the towering sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula, creating spectacular rock formations, including caves and arches. The coastal vegetation grows precariously close to the edges of the cliffs, creating a blanket of green that contrasts with the surging surf below.

Australia’s highest sea cliffs have walkers on the award-winning, multi-day Three Capes Track in awe. Day walkers can also discover a slice of this beauty high atop the cliffs on shorter coastal walks at Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul and the world-famous big wave mecca, Shipsterns Bluff.

Easily visited from Hobart, Tasman National Park is an area of great beauty and natural diversity that can be explored by car, from the water, on foot and even by helicopter.

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​​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 Cape Hauy

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 seals, dolphins – and, in season, whales.

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. ​

Experiences in Tasman National Park

Tasman National Park

Bivouac Bay

Visitors to Bivouc Bay, in Tasman National Park, can enjoy a peaceful, coastal walk starting from the white sands of Fortescue Bay.

4 hours return, 10km return, Grade 3
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Ocean view from Canoe Bay, Tasman National Park

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Canoe Bay

Stroll the length of the beach, scramble around the headland, and descend into the Canoe Bay. Easy. Picturesque. Perfect.

2 hours return, 2km one way, Grade 3
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Cape Hauy

The Cape Hauy Track starts from Fortescue Bay. The walk passes through a variety of heath and woodland before opening out to spectacular cliffs with magnificent coastal views.

4 hours return, 9.4km return, Grade 3
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Walker on the Three Capes Track, Tasman National Park

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Cape Pillar

Cape Pillar is a hero destination. The journey ticks all the boxes. Doable. Colourful. Fragrant. Varied. Magnificent. Powerful. Intimate. You’ll run out of adjectives – we do.

2-3 days return or circuit, 29 km return via Old Cape Pillar track; 34km circuit via Mount Fortescue and Cape Hauy, Grade 3
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Cape Raoul

Stunning coastal seascapes that include rock platforms, towering cliffs and columns, off-shore islands and swirling seas. Take your lunch, spend some time and gaze in awe at majestic views.

5 hours return, 14km, Grade 4
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Crescent Bay

A beautiful coastal walk on the southern coast of the Tasman Peninsula

4 hours return, 7.5 km return, Grade 3
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park



Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Maingon Blowhole

An easy walk through coastal vegetation to a collapsed sea cave.

1 hour, 3.3 km return, Grade 2
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Mount Brown

Enjoy views of the Southern Ocean from this coastal walk to Mount Brown.

4 hours return, 8 km return, Grade 3
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Group rafting on the Franklin River


Rafting and kayaking

Tasmania’s oceans and rivers have a well-deserved reputation as some of the cleanest in the world, and what better way to explore these wondrous waterways than up-close and self-propelled.

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Remarkable Cave

Follow the steep steps to the viewing platform for this spectacular sea cave.

15 minutes return, TBC, Grade 3
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Beachside snorkelling


Snorkelling and scuba diving

Bring your wetsuit, mask and fins to discover the underwater life.

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Walkers taking a break on the Tasman Coastal Trail, Tasman National Park

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Tasman Coastal Trail

A sensational cliff-top journey between Devils Kitchen and Fortescue Bay on Tasmania’s south-east rim. Plunging sea cliffs, abundant wildlife, colourful and fragrant bushland, and fresh, salt-smacked air.

8 hours one way, 19kms one way, Grade 4
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Three Capes Track

Over four days and three nights, walkers will cover the 48 kilometres, taking in tall eucalypt forests, coastal heath and Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Evenings are spent in warm and comfortable environmentally-sensitive cabins at Surveyors, Munro and Retakunna.

4 day, 3 night hut based experience, 48km, Grade 3
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Waterfall Bay

Vantage points that show cliffs plummeting into the sea and swirling ocean waters make this an exciting coastal walk within the Tasman National Park.

1-1.5 hours return, 3.4km return, Grade 3
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Stay Overnight

  • Fortescue Bay camping

Towering forest meets crashing ocean, trimmed with a rim of soft, white sand. Wallabies bounce, birds chatter and the fish are biting. Just a few reasons Fortescue Bay campgrounds are some of our favourites.

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CHildren riding bikes around Fortescue Bay campgrounds, Tasman National Park

Fortescue Bay camping