Highlights of the Tasman Peninsula

Dolerite needles of Cape Raoul
These dolerite ‘organ pipe’ columns rise up to 180 metres above the sea. This coastline has the highest sea cliffs in Australia.

Shipstern Bluff
‘Shippies’ is one of the world’s largest, heaviest waves – only the boldest surfers paddle out here.

Port Arthur Historic Site
This World Heritage Site is a must-see – we anchor in the bay and you can go ashore to visit.

Tasman Passage
This is a narrow passage of deep water between Tasman Island and the steep cliffs of Cape Pillar. Below the crags is a haul-out for Australian and New Zealand fur seals.

Fortescue Bay
This large sheltered bay has a spectacular entrance and extensive sandy beach. There are several excellent bush walks in the area.

Eaglehawk Neck
This is a popular fishing area with close access to the continental shelf for deep sea bottom fishing and line trawling for blue fin tuna.

Monument Bay
This is the site where Abel Tasman’s expedition first set foot on Australian soil.

Coal Mines Historic Site
The ruins on this site provide an insight into the cruel conditions endured by convicts, who laboured deep underground to dig coal.

Iron Pot lighthouse
This lighthouse marks the entrance to the Derwent River. There was once a house for light-keepers and their families on the rocky island.

 

Highlights of Bruny Island and Recherche Bay

D’Entrecasteaux Channel
In this magnificent stretch of water between Bruny Island and Southern Tasmania, there are a vast array of small bays and anchorages to be discovered. There are also many towns and communities to visit, with restaurants where you can enjoy the local fare.

Quarantine Station – Barnes Bay
The station was originally set up in 1884 as to accommodate incoming boat passengers until they were given the ‘all clear’ from infectious disease. The site houses soldiers returning from WW1; and during WW2 it was used for the interment of German nationals. In later years it was used for plant quarantine.

Get Shucked Oyster Farm – Great Bay
A visit to this farm is a chance to see how oysters are grown and to enjoy the succulent produce along with some local wines and beer.

Recherche Bay
This secluded bay is the last protected anchorage before South East Cape, the most southern cape in Australia. It has a long whaling history and is the starting point for the 4-5 hour return walk to the remote South Cape Bay. Recherche Bay is the site of the 1792 French Garden, planted as a scientific experiment by the Baudin expedition.

Walks

Butlers Beach – Lighthouse Bay Beach
The Labillardiere Peninsula walk can be accessed by boat from either end of the circuit and we can meet you at the other end. The full circuit is a six-hour walk. Abundant birdlife, coastal heaths, beaches, forests and spectacular views are highlights of the walk

Jetty Beach to Cape Bruny Lighthouse
The seven-kilometre, 2.5 hour return walk follows a bush track then joins the gravel road to the lighthouse, which provides vast views over the Southern Ocean and the remote coastline of south-east Tasmania. On a clear day, Tasmania’s most southerly rock, Pedra Branca, can be seen.

Mickeys Bay to Cloudy Bay
This three-kilometre, 1.5 hour return walk leads through eucalypt forest and along a gravel road to the lagoon entrance and beach.

Water Activities

Swimming
Snorkelling
Fishing
Surfing
Beachcombing

 

Highlights of the East Coast and Maria Island

Denison Canal
The canal was dug in 1905 to provide a shorter passage for fishing boats between Hobart and the East Coast, avoiding the rough waters around Tasman Island.

Blackman Bay
The shallow waters of this sheltered bay provided a rich and important food source for Tasmanian aboriginal people.

Maria Island National Park
This spectacular Island has fine sandy beaches, sea cliffs and wonderful anchorages including Schooner Cove and Chinamans Bay. Originally a convict settlement and later the site of pioneer industries including grape-growing, Darlington has an interesting history. Tasmanian Devils have been released on Maria Island to ensure a healthy breeding population, free of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

Freycinet Peninsula
Wineglass Bay has been named among the top ten beaches in the world. The peninsula has a network of excellent walking tracks, which guests can explore. Coles Bay is one of Tasmania’s most popular holiday destinations.

Schouten Island
This island is another jewel in the Freycinet vicinity, with sheltered anchorages, deserted beaches, fishing and walks.

Ile des Phoques
This small island between Freycinet and Maria Island is the site of large seal haul-outs. It is a popular dive site, with sea caves running from one side of the island to the other.

Walks

Bear Mountain
This short but steep walk on Schouten Island has fantastic views of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Wineglass Bay
It’s a two hour walk from Wineglass Bay over the saddle of the Hazards and down into Coles Bay.

Freycinet National Park
The Park has numerous beach and bushland walks, from an hour to a full day. We can set you down in one spot and collect you at the end of the walk.

Water activities

Swimming
Fishing
Beachcombing
Snorkelling
Seal and whale spotting