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Tasman Peninsula - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Doo Town
• Eaglehawk Neck
• Isle of the Dead
• Port Arthur
• Taranna
• Tasman Island
• Tasman National Park
 
Other towns, villages and localities in the Tasman Peninsula include:
• Cape Raoul • Highcroft • Koonya • Nubeena • Oakwood • Premaydena • Saltwater River
• Sloping Main • Stewarts Bay • Stormlea • White Beach

The coastal cliff along Cape Pillar ฉ Ian BurnsWith its rugged sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, sheltered rainforests, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife, the Tasman Peninsula has much to for those seeking what nature has to offer.

As well as the natural environment, the Tasman Peninsula is steeped in European history, of which the most famous is the convict penal colony of Port Arthur and the nearby penal settlement of the Saltwater River.

The peninsula’s rugged wild coastline has witnessed a number of shipwrecks most notable being the Tasman (in 1883) and the Nord (in 1915), both off the Hyppolyte Rocks on the east coast side, and the James Munroe (in 1850) to the north of Cape Pillar.

Although the key industry in the region today is tourism, it wasn't always so, with timber, fishing and convicts being the main activities during the 1800s. Now, visitors can explore the ruins, the re-enactments, nightly ghost tours, and a trip to the Isle of the Dead.

Located in the south-east corner of Tasmania, the Tasman Peninsula is less than 100 km from Hobart and is accessible via the A9 through the East Bay Neck that connects Forestier Peninsula to the mainland, then via the narrow isthmus called Eaglehawk Neck.

Attack dog, still guarding the escape route.It is at Eaglehawk Neck where a line of hungry hounds would wait with the guards for any escaping convicts, the spot now immortalised with a statue of one of the hounds.

There are a number of activities for the visitors, beyond the footsteps of our convict past, such as bushwalks through the Tasman National Park or an eco cruise that departs from both Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. Taranna has a conservation park where you can get up close to the Tassie Devil.

The Tasman Peninsula is often described for tourism promotion to include some of the locales around the East Bay Neck that connects Forestier Peninsula to the mainland, such as the fishing village of Dunalley (formerly known as East Bay Neck), Blackman Bay, Dunalley Bay, the Forestier Peninsula and of course Eaglehawk Neck.

Check out our range of listed Tasman Peninsula accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Tasman Peninsula Attractions

Bush Walks
• There are many bush walks of varying degree of difficulty in both the Tasman National Park and the surrounding region of the Tasman Peninsula. With the national park situated along most of the east coastline of the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas, and taking in part of the south west region of the Tasman Peninsula, the walks provide spectacular views, interesting rock formations, diverse range of flora and fauna. There are a number of publications that provide more information on bush walks, or visit the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.
Tasman National Park
• Protecting the spectacular coastal areas on the eastern and southern coastlines on the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas, located in the south-eastern region of Tasmania, the Tasman National Park is home to diverse forest, several species of rare plants (ie euphrasias) and a variety of both land and marine wildlife. Stretching from Cape Surville (at the northern end), southwards to Waterfall Bay and Fortescue Bay; and from Cape Hauy to Cape Pillar (with its view across to the Tasman Island) and Cape Raoul. The park incorporates several off-shore islands, including Fossil Island (at the southern end of Pirates Bay), Hippolyte Rocks (Fortescue Bay) and Tasman Island (off Cape Pillar).

This national park offers not only some of the best coastal walks in Australia, but also the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in Australia (in the southern end of the park), and many interesting rock formations - The Blowhole, Tasmans Arch, Devils Kitchen, Tessellated Pavement, columnar dolerite cliffs at Cape Pillar etc. For more information check the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
• Port Arthur Hwy, TARANNA TAS 7180 • Ph: +61 3 6250 3230 • Fax: +61 3 6250 3406 • Email
• Come face to face with our Tasmanian devils when you visit the world's leading wildlife centre for vital Tasmanian devil conservation and research. Learn about our exciting projects to help save the Tasmanian devil from extinction by a mystery cancer.

You're guaranteed to meet our famous little devils, you can hand feed friendly kangaroos, see our famous "Dive of the Falcon" in Kings of the Wind, Tasmania's only free-flight raptor show, discover owls, eagles, falcons and hawks, try a nose to nose encounter with a potoroo and many other interesting Tasmanian creatures.
Eaglehawk Neck
• There are some interesting geological attractions at Eaglehawk Neck including Tasman Arch and the Devils Kitchen, Tasman Blowhole and the Tessellated Pavement.

Tasman Island
• Tasman Island provides the location of one of the two most isolated light stations in Australia. Situated on the highest point of the island, near Storm Bay, the lighthouse was built in 1906 and manned until 1977, after the light was automated in 1976. 

Check out the great Lighthouse of Australia website, For more information about the Tasman Lighthouse and its history.

Lighthouse on Tasman Island, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia ฉ Ian Burns
More images in our 'Snapshot from Australia - Tasman National Park'


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Tasman Peninsula Tours

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For more tour options, check out Port Arthur Tours.
Sealife Experience Tasmania
• DUNALLEY TAS 7177 • Ph: 03 6253 5325 • Email
• Sealife Experience Tasmania runs Tasman Island Eco Adventure Tours parallel to the Tasman National Park, home to spectacular and abundant marine wildlife and a seacliff coastline that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy our marine eco tours and experience whales, seals, albatross, dolphins, little penguins and more amazing marine wildlife.

Sit below the highest dolerite sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere and inside massive sea caves all sculpted by Mother Nature over millions of years.

Our boat tours explore Tasman Island, Port Arthur, Cape Hauy, Cape Pillar, The Totem Pole, and The Candle Stick and in good conditions the Hippolyte Rocks.

Tasmania boasts many quality boat charter and wildlife tour operations. Sealife Experience Tasmania stands out as a very personal tour provider, with highly informative interpretations of coastal geology, local history and a passion for marine wildlife. Our tour guides and captains are friendly, fun, informative and enjoy the adventure lifestyle Tasmania has to offer.

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