Famous for its soaring 300 metre high dolerite sea cliffs and monumental rock formations, not to mention the nearby World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, the Tasman National peninsula is an area of dramatic beauty and natural diversity. The wildlife in this area is another huge draw card. A number of land and marine mammals calling this place home, including Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating whales, endangered wedge-tailed eagles and sea eagles.

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.


Water Activities

Beach combing 


Tasman Peninsula Beach

Pristine coastline.

Stunning Tasman Island

Stunning Tasman Island.

Port Arthur & Stewarts Bay

Port Arthur & Stewarts Bay, on the Tasman Penisula.

Sample 3-day Expedition Cruise Itinerary

Day 1

We depart Hobart and head east towards Port Arthur, stopping to hook some fish for lunch. After cruising close to the dolerite needles of Cape Raoul, the final landmark for Sydney-Hobart racing yachts as they enter Storm Bay, we pass the world-famous surf-spot of Shipstern Bluff, one of the world’s heaviest waves.
We serve lunch on board in a sheltered bay near the 19th century convict settlement of Port Arthur. In the afternoon, we’ll take you ashore to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, recently inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Dinner on board features more fine Tasmanian fare and we’ll anchor for the night in the quiet waters of Stewarts Bay.

Day 2

After breakfast we cruise through Tasman Passage, between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar, the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere. Divers may wish to explore underwater to the wreck of the SS Nord in Munro Bight. Lunch will be served at Fortescue Bay or Eaglehawk Neck. We can visit the beautiful Lagoon Bay and Monument Bay, where Abel Tasman’s expedition made landfall in 1642, becoming the first Europeans to set foot on Van Diemen’s Land. After cruising through the Narrows from Marion Bay we anchor overnight in Blackman Bay.

Day 3

We navigate the Denison Canal and pass through the swing bridge at Dunalley, entering Norfolk Bay. There’s time to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site at Saltwater River before we find a quiet bay for lunch, then return to Hobart via Betsey Island and the Iron Pot lighthouse in the afternoon.


Please note, all cruise expeditions are tailored to your interests and preferred destinations. Get in touch today for your tailored itinerary. 


May to January

Minimum guest capacity

Minimum of 1 guest

Maximum guest capacity

10 guests maximum

Home port for departures and returns

Hobart, Tasmania


Please contact us for your personalised quote. 



  • Accommodation aboard Odalisque
  • Expert skipper, guide & guest chef
  • Menu featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
  • Fine Tasmanian wine & boutique beer
  • Tailored itineraries – jet boat excursions, walking, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing

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