Nick’s guidebook to the Tasman Peninsula

Nick

Nick’s guidebook to the Tasman Peninsula

Sightseeing
The Port Arthur Historic Site is a popular world heritage listed landmark on the Tasman Peninsula. This old convict prison is set on a hundred acres of land and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is fascinating to wander around Port Arthur and learn about all of its history and to get a taste of what life was like for its inhabitants back then.
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Port Arthur Historic Site
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The Port Arthur Historic Site is a popular world heritage listed landmark on the Tasman Peninsula. This old convict prison is set on a hundred acres of land and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is fascinating to wander around Port Arthur and learn about all of its history and to get a taste of what life was like for its inhabitants back then.
Coal Mines Historic Site is situated on the Tasman Peninsula near Saltwater River. It was Tasmania's first operational mine. Developed both to limit the colony's dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales, as well as serving as a place of punishment for the "worst class" of convicts from Port Arthur, the mine was operational for over 40 years. Today, the Coal Mines offers visitors the chance to discover among the uncrowded ruins and scenic vistas a different perspective on Tasmania's convict history. It is a great place to explore on foot, with a number of tracks and paths around the extensive site. There are signs and displays to guide you around and inform about the history of the Site. A printed guide to the Coal Mines is available from the Visitor Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site. The Coal Mines site is approximately a 75-minute drive from Hobart and a 25-minute drive from Port Arthur. A visit is a fascinating adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Entry is free and there are basic picnic and toilet facilities at the Site, but it is not staffed.
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Coal Mines Historic Site
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Coal Mines Historic Site is situated on the Tasman Peninsula near Saltwater River. It was Tasmania's first operational mine. Developed both to limit the colony's dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales, as well as serving as a place of punishment for the "worst class" of convicts from Port Arthur, the mine was operational for over 40 years. Today, the Coal Mines offers visitors the chance to discover among the uncrowded ruins and scenic vistas a different perspective on Tasmania's convict history. It is a great place to explore on foot, with a number of tracks and paths around the extensive site. There are signs and displays to guide you around and inform about the history of the Site. A printed guide to the Coal Mines is available from the Visitor Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site. The Coal Mines site is approximately a 75-minute drive from Hobart and a 25-minute drive from Port Arthur. A visit is a fascinating adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Entry is free and there are basic picnic and toilet facilities at the Site, but it is not staffed.
Approximately one hundred stairs will take you down to a little lookout from where you can peak into the deep opening of this remarkable cave. If you go at low tide you’ll be able to jump down onto the beach and enter the cave itself. Do not try this if the tide is coming in as water can pour powerfully through the cave without warning and it can be quite dangerous if you are caught off guard. Inside you will find two openings into which the sea enters the cave. It really is a remarkable cave!
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Remarkable Cave
446 Safety Cove Rd
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Approximately one hundred stairs will take you down to a little lookout from where you can peak into the deep opening of this remarkable cave. If you go at low tide you’ll be able to jump down onto the beach and enter the cave itself. Do not try this if the tide is coming in as water can pour powerfully through the cave without warning and it can be quite dangerous if you are caught off guard. Inside you will find two openings into which the sea enters the cave. It really is a remarkable cave!
On the way to Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is Eaglehawk Neck, a narrow 30 metre-wide isthmus that join the peninsula to the rest of Tasmania. This isthmus was once guarded by a line of ferocious dogs to prevent convicts escaping across the Neck from the nearby penal colony. The slightest disturbance would set the dogs barking and alert the soldiers. (There were dogs on platforms in the water as well). The convict bushranger Martin Cash was one of the few to escape the dog line – twice, earning him considerable prestige amongst his peers. The area also included a guardhouse, a store, a jetty (the remains of which can still be seen) and military barracks for the soldiers living here. The only remaining building to survive from the period of military occupation on the Neck is the Officers' Quarters. Built in 1832, the building is the oldest timber military building still standing in Australia. Today it houses a museum that depicts life on the Tasman Peninsula during the 1800's. The museum is open 7 days a week and is free of charge.
The Dog line
On the way to Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is Eaglehawk Neck, a narrow 30 metre-wide isthmus that join the peninsula to the rest of Tasmania. This isthmus was once guarded by a line of ferocious dogs to prevent convicts escaping across the Neck from the nearby penal colony. The slightest disturbance would set the dogs barking and alert the soldiers. (There were dogs on platforms in the water as well). The convict bushranger Martin Cash was one of the few to escape the dog line – twice, earning him considerable prestige amongst his peers. The area also included a guardhouse, a store, a jetty (the remains of which can still be seen) and military barracks for the soldiers living here. The only remaining building to survive from the period of military occupation on the Neck is the Officers' Quarters. Built in 1832, the building is the oldest timber military building still standing in Australia. Today it houses a museum that depicts life on the Tasman Peninsula during the 1800's. The museum is open 7 days a week and is free of charge.
The Tasman Arch is a great example of how impressive mother nature can be! It is a rocky arch carved out over millions of years by the power of the sea. Make sure you take the walking track around the back of the arch for some stunning views of the rugged coastline. From the arch, it is only a hundred meters walk to the Devil’s Kitchen. At the Devil’s Kitchen, you can look down deep into the gorge and hear the sound of the crashing waves below.
Tasman Arch
20 Tasman Arch Rd
The Tasman Arch is a great example of how impressive mother nature can be! It is a rocky arch carved out over millions of years by the power of the sea. Make sure you take the walking track around the back of the arch for some stunning views of the rugged coastline. From the arch, it is only a hundred meters walk to the Devil’s Kitchen. At the Devil’s Kitchen, you can look down deep into the gorge and hear the sound of the crashing waves below.
Devil’s Kitchen is no longer a cave as it has lost its entire roof. Here you can see stunning rock formations, the surging sea and a shelf of rock that resembles the nearby Tessellated Pavement. Make sure that you have a look from both vantage points as they offer two very different views.
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Devils Kitchen
31 Tasman Arch Rd
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Devil’s Kitchen is no longer a cave as it has lost its entire roof. Here you can see stunning rock formations, the surging sea and a shelf of rock that resembles the nearby Tessellated Pavement. Make sure that you have a look from both vantage points as they offer two very different views.
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is a four-in-one wildlife nature experience that combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native garden and original art. At our Unzoo, you’ll have face-to-face encounters with animals found nowhere else on earth, discover rare and beautiful Tasmanian plants in the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden, see Tasmanian artworks in our galleries and have the chance to help save endangered Tasmanian devils on our Devil Tracker Adventure. Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is the world’s first intentional Unzoo—a revolutionary project to create a model wildlife and nature experience of the future. During your time with us, you’ll be inspired, intrigued, challenged and entertained. Sometimes, you might even find us a little outrageous. Our hope is that your visit to the Unzoo will challenge you to think about the natural world and your place in it, in a completely new way.
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is a four-in-one wildlife nature experience that combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native garden and original art. At our Unzoo, you’ll have face-to-face encounters with animals found nowhere else on earth, discover rare and beautiful Tasmanian plants in the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden, see Tasmanian artworks in our galleries and have the chance to help save endangered Tasmanian devils on our Devil Tracker Adventure. Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is the world’s first intentional Unzoo—a revolutionary project to create a model wildlife and nature experience of the future. During your time with us, you’ll be inspired, intrigued, challenged and entertained. Sometimes, you might even find us a little outrageous. Our hope is that your visit to the Unzoo will challenge you to think about the natural world and your place in it, in a completely new way.
The Tessellated Pavement is an interesting rock platform formed from erosion that has taken place over millions of years. This erosion has divided the surface of the platform into a series of roughly similar rectangular plates carved into the rock. It is well worth a visit as this type of formation is extremely rare. You can see the pavement from the lookout at the carpark but for the best view head down to Pirate’s Bay, a short walk down the hill from the carpark. There are some great photo opportunities but watch where you walk as it can get very slippery! Tip: Make sure you check the tide before going as it is best seen when the tide is low.
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Tessellated Pavement
380 Pirates Bay Dr
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The Tessellated Pavement is an interesting rock platform formed from erosion that has taken place over millions of years. This erosion has divided the surface of the platform into a series of roughly similar rectangular plates carved into the rock. It is well worth a visit as this type of formation is extremely rare. You can see the pavement from the lookout at the carpark but for the best view head down to Pirate’s Bay, a short walk down the hill from the carpark. There are some great photo opportunities but watch where you walk as it can get very slippery! Tip: Make sure you check the tide before going as it is best seen when the tide is low.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers a fabulous speed-boat cruise that you really should do while visiting the Tasman Peninsula. The cruise explores the peninsula’s spectacular coastline with its rocky cliffs, eroded rock formations and many caves. You’ll see a totally different perspective of the coastline than what you get from land. Another reason to take the cruise is for the wildlife. Depending on the season you’ll see migrating whales, playful dolphins, sun-bathing seals and an abundance of seabirds. It costs $135 per adult but it is totally worth it.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
6961 Arthur Hwy
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers a fabulous speed-boat cruise that you really should do while visiting the Tasman Peninsula. The cruise explores the peninsula’s spectacular coastline with its rocky cliffs, eroded rock formations and many caves. You’ll see a totally different perspective of the coastline than what you get from land. Another reason to take the cruise is for the wildlife. Depending on the season you’ll see migrating whales, playful dolphins, sun-bathing seals and an abundance of seabirds. It costs $135 per adult but it is totally worth it.
Doo Town is a Tasmanian holiday village within the locality of Eaglehawk Neck, near Port Arthur, where the house names contain “doo”.
Doo Town
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Doo Town is a Tasmanian holiday village within the locality of Eaglehawk Neck, near Port Arthur, where the house names contain “doo”.
Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Previous Next The Three Capes Track is an independent multi-day walking experience on the Tasman Peninsula. This 48 km journey in Australia's far south-east leads you through a myriad of natural landscapes with exhilarating cliff top outlooks on Cape Pillar, Cape Hauy and stunning views to Cape Raoul.
Three Capes Track
Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Three Capes Track Previous Next The Three Capes Track is an independent multi-day walking experience on the Tasman Peninsula. This 48 km journey in Australia's far south-east leads you through a myriad of natural landscapes with exhilarating cliff top outlooks on Cape Pillar, Cape Hauy and stunning views to Cape Raoul.
Food scene
For a relaxing lunch with beautiful views over the bay and the nearby lavender fields, stop at the Port Arthur Lavender farm. Be sure to leave room for some lavender indulgences such as their Lavender chocolate and Lavender ice cream! Their gift shop also has a great selection of Tasmanian made products and of course all things lavender.
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Port Arthur Lavender Farm
6555 Arthur Hwy
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For a relaxing lunch with beautiful views over the bay and the nearby lavender fields, stop at the Port Arthur Lavender farm. Be sure to leave room for some lavender indulgences such as their Lavender chocolate and Lavender ice cream! Their gift shop also has a great selection of Tasmanian made products and of course all things lavender.
Traditional pub meals with great pizza and pasta, great range of Tasmanian beers and ciders
Fox and Hounds Restaurant
6789 Arthur Hwy
Traditional pub meals with great pizza and pasta, great range of Tasmanian beers and ciders
Kelp & Co is a community-based initiative that is reducing its environmental footprint and aiming for zero waste. The bar is open from 5pm Wednesday to Saturday, when a simple evening meal is served between 6 and 7.30pm.
Kelp and Co
1583 Nubeena Rd
Kelp & Co is a community-based initiative that is reducing its environmental footprint and aiming for zero waste. The bar is open from 5pm Wednesday to Saturday, when a simple evening meal is served between 6 and 7.30pm.
"On the Bay" at Stewarts Bay Lodge is Port Arthur's only fully liscenced waterfront restaurant. It's delicious cuisine includes fresh local seafood complemented by a specially selected Tasmanian wine list. "On the Bay" is fully air conditioned and has two log fires for all year comfort. Its wonderful customer service and the ambience that reflects its scenically beautiful surroundings makes "On the Bay" the perfect venue for a special dining experience or celebration.
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Gabriel's on the Bay
6955 Arthur Hwy
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"On the Bay" at Stewarts Bay Lodge is Port Arthur's only fully liscenced waterfront restaurant. It's delicious cuisine includes fresh local seafood complemented by a specially selected Tasmanian wine list. "On the Bay" is fully air conditioned and has two log fires for all year comfort. Its wonderful customer service and the ambience that reflects its scenically beautiful surroundings makes "On the Bay" the perfect venue for a special dining experience or celebration.
You will find us on the left on the corner of Arthur Highway and South Street at Taranna, only 10 minutes before you reach the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you will find our chocolate making workshop and shop where you are able to see and smell us making a wide range of our chocolate products through our viewing windows. Even better, you can taste our chocolate for free! It’s free to enter and we are open 7 days a week, all year round except for Christmas Day. Chocolate making occurs most days between 11am and 2pm. If you’re part of a tour, school excursion or cruise ship group you are very welcome, however it is recommended that you contact us in advance so that we can be prepared for your arrival. Ring on 03 6250 3435.
Federation Chocolate
2 South St
You will find us on the left on the corner of Arthur Highway and South Street at Taranna, only 10 minutes before you reach the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you will find our chocolate making workshop and shop where you are able to see and smell us making a wide range of our chocolate products through our viewing windows. Even better, you can taste our chocolate for free! It’s free to enter and we are open 7 days a week, all year round except for Christmas Day. Chocolate making occurs most days between 11am and 2pm. If you’re part of a tour, school excursion or cruise ship group you are very welcome, however it is recommended that you contact us in advance so that we can be prepared for your arrival. Ring on 03 6250 3435.
Blow Hole Road | At the Blow Hole, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania 7179, Australia. ... Great views, Great fish, Amazing Ice Cream Yummy calamari rings... goodies – pies, fish & seafood & chips, homemade ice cream and other sweets.Doo-liscious & Generous Fish & Chips & Calamari!
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Doo-lishus
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Blow Hole Road | At the Blow Hole, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania 7179, Australia. ... Great views, Great fish, Amazing Ice Cream Yummy calamari rings... goodies – pies, fish & seafood & chips, homemade ice cream and other sweets.Doo-liscious & Generous Fish & Chips & Calamari!
Good food and great range, play area for children to pass the time before and after eating
Nubeena Tavern & Restaurant
1599 Nubeena Rd
Good food and great range, play area for children to pass the time before and after eating
Quality fast food and burgers, open 7 days
Port Arthur General Store & Takeaways
6959 Arthur Hwy
Quality fast food and burgers, open 7 days
Whiskey and Gin distillery
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William McHenry & Sons Distillery
229 Radnor Rd
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Whiskey and Gin distillery
Recreation
There are many hikes to be done on the Tasman Peninsula. The brand new, multi-day Three Capes Hike has become the most popular of them. Not surprisingly it explores three capes along the peninsula (Raoul, Pillar and Hauy). If you don’t have the time or the energy to do such a big hike, don’t worry. There are many shorter hikes you can do. We loved the half day Cape Hauy hike which has some incredibly breathtaking coastal scenery and views of the coastline.
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Tasman National Park
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There are many hikes to be done on the Tasman Peninsula. The brand new, multi-day Three Capes Hike has become the most popular of them. Not surprisingly it explores three capes along the peninsula (Raoul, Pillar and Hauy). If you don’t have the time or the energy to do such a big hike, don’t worry. There are many shorter hikes you can do. We loved the half day Cape Hauy hike which has some incredibly breathtaking coastal scenery and views of the coastline.
Swim, kayak or fish at the beach - relax and take in one of our stunning sunsets over the bay.
White Beach
Swim, kayak or fish at the beach - relax and take in one of our stunning sunsets over the bay.
The Tasman Golf Club course is a Par 70 (5310 metre) with well-defined fairways that wind their way through native eucalypt trees and along the rugged cliff face some 50 metres high and has spectacular scenery overlooking Safety Cove and with views to Cape Raoul, Port Arthur Historic Site and through the Port Arthur Heads out to the Southern Ocean. Visitors can encounter a variety of wild life such as friendly echidnas that live in the area, sea birds and even the occasional whale. The Tasman Golf Club course is currently rated as one of the top nine hole golf courses in Tasmania and is well recognised interstate and overseas. Clubhouse facilities such as the bar and dining room are available for group bookings by prior arrangement.
Port Arthur Golf Course
The Tasman Golf Club course is a Par 70 (5310 metre) with well-defined fairways that wind their way through native eucalypt trees and along the rugged cliff face some 50 metres high and has spectacular scenery overlooking Safety Cove and with views to Cape Raoul, Port Arthur Historic Site and through the Port Arthur Heads out to the Southern Ocean. Visitors can encounter a variety of wild life such as friendly echidnas that live in the area, sea birds and even the occasional whale. The Tasman Golf Club course is currently rated as one of the top nine hole golf courses in Tasmania and is well recognised interstate and overseas. Clubhouse facilities such as the bar and dining room are available for group bookings by prior arrangement.