Back Track Buggys is a guided / hire forest drive experience at Murdunna on the Forestier Peninsular. The 4x4 Can-am buggys are very easy to operate and negotiate the unkept tracks with ease. The tour takes approximately 2 – 2.5 hours with a halfway walk out to a breathtaking sea-cliff lookout. Tours depart daily at 9am and 1pm with a maximum of 2 drivers and 4 passengers per trip.
Overlooking the vineyard and picturesque Blackmans Bay, the Dunbabin family have built this special place to share their wine and other premium Tasmanian produce with you. Pop in for a tasting and enjoy a relaxed lunch. Bangor is all about fine wine, fresh local produce, sweeping views, and a warm rural welcome that’ll make you want to stay awhile.
Blue Lagoon Oysters at 98 Bay Rd Boomer Bay is the only oyster farm outlet on the Tasman Peninsula. We proudly supply fresh oysters from our lease in the pristine waters between Marion Bay and Dunalley. We have Pacific Oysters from small to jumbo in size, a longer growing Tassie Gold Pacific Oyster as well as the unique Angasi, the native oyster.
The farm outlet is open 9am to 4pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm from Friday to Sunday. Call in to our outlet to pick up oysters and talk to our friendly staff about the oyster journey. Phone orders via txt 0407 948 120.
Bream Creek Vineyard is a pioneer of the modern Tasmanian wine industry, producing elegant and complex wines. Our newly opened cellar door is located at the top of our vineyard at Bream Creek, and features magnificent views over Marion Bay and out to Maria Island. Choose from one of our wine tasting flights, enjoy a cheese platter and locally sourced 'Tassie Gold' Oysters and sit back and soak in the view. While we're not technically on the Peninsula, we are ideally located at your first stop on your way there.
This is a four-hour, 9.4km return and boasts outrageously beautiful views of the south-east coast. If you love an incredible sunrise, then put Cape Hauy at the very start of your day. It is most well-known for its rock formations: the Totem Pole and the Candlestick and for being the most scenically beautiful workout for your thighs and calves.
Cape Pillar is best achieved as an overnight walk (23 km) camping at the designated camp sites at Wughalee Falls and Bare Knoll (toilets provided; carry own food and water).
The departure point is from the entry road into Fortescue Bay, just before the campground. Half of this journey is along the Old Cape Pillar track which connects with the Three Capes Track.
It’s a special hike because it takes you through so many different, and pristine, ecological habitats and to the very tip of South Eastern Tasmania. It’s also the closest you can get to Tasman Island and its historic lighthouse.
For walkers wanting to incorporate Mount Fortescue, Cape Hauy and the coastline, this section can only be walked in a south to north direction. This walk is a 34km circuit and recommended to walk over 3 days.
A five-hour, 14km return walk with stunning coastal views, seascapes and towering dolerite cliffs, Cape Raoul is one of the most loved and easily accessed of the three capes. Located next to the world-famous surf spot, Shipstern Bluff, it’s surrounded by huge pounding waves, swirling seas and an abundance of sea life. The walk starts off Stormlea Road at Highcroft.
Port Arthur is not the only historic convict site on the Tasman Peninsula. Escape the crowds and head to Coal Mines Historic Site on the quieter western part of the peninsula. It was Tasmania’s first coal mine and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk amongst ruins of houses, barracks, and prisons from the penal colony. Be sure to walk into the solitary confinement cells – they’re extra creepy. There’s a short walking track around the site and entry is free.
On the Peninsula you can travel in any direction and arrive at a coast line. The beaches are often connected to forest creeks and wetlands so they provide an abundant habitat for both local and migratory birds. Here can be found a wonderful array of oyster catchers, sandpipers and a rare variety of lapwings and plovers.
A four-hour, 7.5 km return, this relatively easy walk goes through the Tasman National Park and takes you to one of the most loved beaches on the Peninsula. Located close to Safety Cove and Remarkable Cave, this walk includes the marvellous Maingon Blowhole, a beautiful rocky shoreline, and massive sand dunes at Crescent Bay. It’s worth spending a whole day so pack a lunch and get ready to drink in some of the cleanest air in the world.
Our distillery crafts bold and seductive gins carefully blended with Tasmania’s rich bounty of fruits, flowers and native botanicals to create distinctive, delicious spirits that reflect our natural environment.
Ginstronomy anyone? We offer an immersive tasting experience at 2 of our waterfront locations:
- The Ginnery - 17 Fulham Rd, Dunalley 7177. Business Hours: Thur - Tue, 12pm - 5pm.
- The Beachfront Tasting Hut - 3530 Arthur Hwy, Murdunna 7178. Temporarily Closed.
Forest and bushland make up the vast majority of the peninsula’s natural habitat. Virtually any walk or trail you travel down is guaranteed to present you with a symphony of sounds and wild life. Keep an eye and and ear out and you’ll discover wombling wombats and echidnas, thumping wallabies and trees full of birds of every variety.
A wonderful beach nestled within Fortescue Bay, deep inside the Tasman National Park. This remote beach is worthy of a whole day's adventure as it's a great place for swimming, fishing and kayaking. And bring lunch, or even your tent, as the facilities provide fabulous bookable spots for camping, picnicking and barbeques.
If you’re a hawk or a falcon fan, the Tasman Peninsula a wonderful place to see them up close. Most often found on a fence post over looking a field or hovering around the area’s many pastures, one can see all kinds of Peregrines, Sparrowhawks and brown and grey Goshawks.
Along the stunning south-east coast of Tasmania, overlooking picturesque Marion Bay and the rocky outcrop of Hellfire Bluff, you’ll find Daly Farm and the home of the award-winning Hellfire Bluff Distillery. Although not technically on the Peninsula, this jewel of a distillery with it’s dedication to quality, community and family feels as if it should be and is most definitely worth a stop on your way to the Peninsula.
This local gin distillery is nestled above the magnificent Impression Bay in Premaydena. Hidden along the shores of the beautiful Norfolk Bay on the breathtaking Tasman Peninsula - Impression Bay Gin is in a world of its own. Refresh your spirit with views all the way to Mount Wellington while savouring the botanical notes of delicious gins that are both refined and sophisticated.
Turrakana - Tasman Arts proudly presents Lightwave Festival
14 15 16 July 2023
LIGHTWAVE is a family-friendly event that celebrates warmth and community in the heart of a winter's night. There will be light-based art installations across multiple venues and live music. Our main participatory event is THE LIGHT PARADE; be, wear or carry light.
A ticketed bus service will be provided to make it easy to get to and from the festival.
Located on the very western end of the Peninsula, Lime Bay State Reserve is great for camping, bushwalking and history. Just down the road from the Coal Mines Historic Site, Lime Bay is a beautiful eastern facing shallow beach that provides warm waters, stunning views and wonderful sunrises. Nature lovers can head over to Lagoon Beach for that ‘far away feeling’, brilliant blue waters, wildlife everywhere and sunsets that are breathtaking.
"On the Bay" at Stewarts Bay Lodge is Port Arthur's only fully licensed waterfront restaurant. Its 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 beautiful surroundings makes "On the Bay" the perfect venue for a special dining experience or celebration.
Osborne Heli Tours operate a selection of scenic flights, unique experiences and custom itineraries from Port Arthur, situated on the stunning and rugged Tasman Peninsula. Breath-taking views from above await as you soar next to the towering sea cliffs of the three capes, witness the lighthouse standing defiantly on Tasman Island, catch a glimpse of surfers braving the treacherous swells around Shipstern Bluff and marvel at Port Arthur historic site from high up.
With a good eastern / northeastern swell, Pirates Bay is a surfers’ dream. Long great shaped waves break all along this stunning beach. For the non-surfers, this is also a great walking beach that starts at the stunning Tessellated Pavement and goes for 5km all the way to the famous Doo Town and the Blowhole.
As you approach the Tasman Peninsula and begin your descent, be sure to take a short detour to the left to Pirate’s Bay Lookout. The views of the coastline are breathtaking. If you are lucky, the Cubed Espresso van, with their cushions, blankets and chairs, will be ready to make you a fabulous coffee, to be enjoyed whilst soaking up the ambience.
The beautifully presented grounds are a stark contrast to the harsh conditions endured by the convicts. You can walk through the buildings on your own with an information book in hand or there are free guided tours. The entry fee also includes a short ferry ride around the harbour. The ferry takes you past the dockyard, the Point Puer Boys’ Prison and the Isle of the Dead cemetery. There are a range of other tours available at extra cost including a ghost tour and tours of the boys’ prison and the cemetery. The Port Arthur historic site lies at the very tip of the Tasman Peninsula and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. This historic penal colony was placed in this idyllic setting with a green mountain backdrop because of the harbour (for ease of unloading prisoners transported from England) and because it was situated on a peninsula it was easier to protect.
Nestled within seven hectares (18 acres) of lavender, rainforest and lakes and overlooking the ocean at Long Bay, Port Arthur Lavender’s visitor centre and café showcase millennia-old uses of this fragrant flower alongside modern cuisine and a fully functioning essential oil distillery.
Stroll around the lavender trail or take in the ocean views while enjoying fresh Tasmanian produce in the lavender-inspired café. Open daily except for Christmas Day.
Experience the power and might of the Southern Ocean here, and notice the map of Tasmania that is formed at the seaward entrance to the cave. You’ll find this geological oddity just down the road from Port Arthur. It’s aptly named – it really is remarkable! This sea cave is actually more of a tunnel. In fact, it’s really two tunnels through the sea cliffs that join together. Visit at low tide for the best views. Climb down the steep stairs to have a look.
If you’re into surfing or bodyboarding, then Roaring beach is the spot for you. Known for it’s shifting sand bars and abundant supply of left and right breaks, the waves aren’t too far off from a beach that some say still feels like home to dinosaurs. Just please be careful! The currents can be pretty strong and there were no lifeguards in prehistoric times.
Located within the Tasman National Park and just down the road from Port Arthur Historic site, this absolutely stunning secluded beach is great for romantic walks, and feeling like you’re ‘getting away from it all’. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in Safety Cove’s squeaky white sand or enjoy a picnic under a wonderful hanging gum tree while you marvel at Tasman Island and the western coast of Cape Pillar.
Located on the shores of Norfolk Bay our farm at Saltwater River enjoys long hours of sunshine and cool summer temperatures, moderated by the sea. Our family run vineyard occupies a sun drenched western slope of the farm.
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gamay are currently in production, the wine-making specifically tailored to express the complexities of the site.
We can accept online orders for delivery anywhere in Australia via our website www.saltwaterriverwines.com.au For local (Tasman Peninsula) orders, please message us and we will deliver to your door free of charge (minimum purchase 3 bottles).
Similar in size to the wedgetail, the local area sea eagles can be found along most of the peninsula’s coastlines. Saltwater River Road - which follows the coastline of Norfolk Bay, and ends at Lime Bay and the Coal Mines, is the best way to spot the sea eagles. Just look for the highest perches overhanging the many rocky points and sheltered bays in the area.
On a big wave day, this four-hour return walk gives you all that you could hope from a Red Bull “Cape Fear” surfing experience while on calmer days it presents you with beautiful rock platforms, sea caves and gorgeous naturally formed sea tunnels. For a shorter 1.5 hour return walk, you can go as far as the lookout.
The Three Capes Paddle with Southern Sea Ventures is your opportunity to experience the stunning coastline of the Tasman Peninsula under your own steam. We offer fully catered, accommodated four day guided paddling trips exploring the best of the Tasman Peninsula. Contact Southern Sea Ventures for a fun, safe, active all inclusive four day paddling adventure.
For people who love beautiful turquoise waters, warm shallow water and absolutely no chance of a rip current, Stewarts Bay is simply stunning. Located down the road from Port Arthur Historic site, this lovely little beach is a favourite for families who want to know their wee ones can play all day in the sun, sand and shores of a simply stunning local favourite.
Take an unforgettable three-hour journey on one of Pennicott’s famous Yellow boats. You’ll be amazed at the towering sea cliffs of Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy and marvel at the Tasman Island. On the way you’ll get up close to amazing sea cliffs, caves and sea life including seals, dolphins, migrating birds, and often whales.
There is no shortage of dramatic coastline in this part of the world. The Tasman Arch and the Devils Kitchen are a couple of easily accessed features within a couple of minutes of each other. There are several short walks in the area that offer different views of the Arch and Devils Kitchen. The Tasman Arch is a land bridge over the remains of a collapsed cave. Devil's Kitchen is a deep trench between two towering cliffs. The features are spectacular just for their size. When you add in the often big swells coming off the Tasman Sea it takes the spectacle to another level.
The Tasmanian Chocolate Foundry is a perfect stop at Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula.
A large range of hand forged chocolate products are manufactured on site and with delicious ice creams also on offer, there's sure to be something for you to choose from.
Visitors can view the manufacturing floor where products are made.
Gone are the cages and enclosures of traditional zoos, at the Unzoo you get to walk through native botanic gardens where you can see wildlife in the best way possible - in its natural habitat. With presentations and feedings throughout the day you’ll get up close to many of the animals including the world famous Tassie devils as well as possums, wallabies, quolls, kangaroos, pademelons, and many species of birds. At the Unzoo, the focus is on education and conservation and is a great experience for the whole family.
This is a rock structure of a different kind. There are no towering cliffs but instead an unusually symmetrical pattern of erosion. Not only is it interesting to look at, this is one of the few places in the world you can see this type of thing. The pavement consists of areas of raised pillow-like rocks and irregularly shaped rectangles. The rocks seem so well organised and lined up that you wouldn’t think it is possible that they are naturally formed. This fascinating site is easy to access and leads onto the lovely Pirates Bay beach which is a striking geological feature in the area. A relatively uniform slab of rock lapping into the sea is criss-crossed with cuts. The Tessellated Pavement is a great place to stop and have a wander around on a sunny day. The Tessellated Pavement is arguably the most famous. The flat rocks here have a naturally formed criss-cross pattern from fractures in the rock, and the tide often leaves pools of water sitting in the rectangles to create a reflective surface, making it popular with photographers.
The Pear Shed Gallery is a thriving artist’s cooperative situated at White Beach.
The gallery celebrates the creativity that exists within the Tasman Peninsula by showcasing local artists and makers working in mixed media, printmaking, painting, ceramics, glass, wood and fibre.
We offer gifts for the home, friends and family with an emphasis on the handmade.
The Award-Winning Three Capes Track is one of the newest of Tasmania’s long distance walks. The four-day, 48 km walk starts with a boat cruise from Port Arthur across the bay to Denmans Cove. Each night you will stay in an eco-friendly cabin with excellent facilities. There are no muddy boots on this walk as the entire walk is across boardwalks and crushed gravel trails. The walk will take you to the edge, traversing the Blade to the end of Cape Pillar, increase your step count and stair count on the way to Cape Hauy and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Raoul across the bay from your first night’s lodgings. Once you arrive at Fortescue Bay a charter bus whisks you back to Port Arthur.
If a long-hike isn’t your thing, but you still want to experience the best of the Peninsula, take a short 1.5-hour, 3.4 km return walk from the Devil’s Kitchen car park along the eastern coast. This track will take you to the edge of Tasmanian and leads you to spectacular towering cliff faces and swirling ocean waters. In the spring or after a heavy rain, waterfalls appear as if by magic and tumble hundreds of meters into the sea.
The local population of wedge tails is healthy and can most often be seen in pairs hovering over large areas where farm pastures meet the native forests. An extremely large bird, they sometimes can be a bit of a surprise when seen on the side of the road enjoying a fresh bit of carrion.
With so much coastline and so many protected beaches and bays, the Peninsula makes for a perfect home or rest stop for larger sea animals. Seals and dolphins are typically seen year-round, the Southern Wright and Humpbacks always stop by (at the beginning and end of winter) on their way to and from their Antarctic feeding grounds.
Beautiful white sparkling sand stretches for 2.5 kilometres along White Beach and is bordered by crystal clear turquoise waters of Wedge Bay. This wonderful, family-friendly beach has only small waves and minimal currents and is usually the warmest for swimming around. A great spot for canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, or grab your snorkel and discover the hidden treasures that surround brother and sister islands.