If adventure is what you seek for your holiday, look no further than Tasman National Park, on the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. The park covers 8,312 hectares and towers above the coastline featuring 300 metre high cliffs and beautiful scenery that the Tasman Sea has carved into the sandstone, dolerite, and granite of the peninsula for the last 6,000 years. Explore the park’s features on land and sea including sea caves, geos, stacks, and arches.
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Getting to Tasman National Park
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Tasman National Park is a quick one hour drive from Hobart. You can hire a car in the city of Hobart or at the Hobart International Airport. When you do hire a car, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of Tasmania is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle, proper maps, and driving instructions. Many of the park’s most popular destinations including the Tasman Arch, the Blowhole, the Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave, and Waterfall Bay are accessible by car. Tasman National Park is close enough to Hobart to make a day trip, but if you decide to stay in the park longer, camping facilities are available.
Things to Do While in Tasman National Park
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There are beautiful sights to see and exciting adventures to be had while on holiday in Tasman National Park. The park is home to some of the best coastal scenery in all of Australia and as such, it also features some of the best coastal walks too. The park covers a huge and varied expanse of forest, cascading waterfalls, white –sand beaches, coastline, and offshore islands. The coastline features include Cape Surville, Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar, Cape Hauy, Waterfall Bay, and Fortescue Bay.
Bushwalking Tasman National Park
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There are 35 different trails and walking tours throughout Tasman National Park. Some walking tours are as short as a couple of hours and some are as long as 6 days long. Walking throughout the park allows visitors to see sights you can only get to on foot. The coastal lookouts in this area are debatably some of the best in Tasmania, or even all of Australia. In addition to the taking in the amazing scenic views while walking through the park, you can opt for other activities popular in the park such as abseiling, rock climbing, boating, fishing, snorkelling, and SCUBA diving.
Flora and Fauna in Tasman National Park
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Little Penguin Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Of course the unique location of Tasman National Park lends itself to the perfect location for unique plants and wildlife. Bird watchers will find a large variety of birds, sea birds, and migrating birds. It is one of the few places where Little Penguins, also known as Fairy Penguins nest along the shores along with Australian fur seals, leopard and elephant seals. Along the waters around the coast you can find marine life including bottlenose dolphins, pilot, southern right, and humpback whales. The streams within the park are home to 9 different species of fish as well. Many nocturnal animals live in the brush and forest portions of the park including the Tasmanian bettong and the Long-Nosed Potoroo.
Fortescue Bay Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Fortescue Bay is a secluded bay inside Tasman National Park and is located on the Tasman Peninsula. It is a popular camping area in the park with 41 campsites. Make sure to bring your own supplies; the campsites provide bathroom facilities, running water, and a token operated shower as well as fireplaces, firewood and gas barbeques, but there are no electric outlets and no local shops. Staying near the bay affords you easy and close access to just about anything you might want to do and see in Tasman National Park.
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Cape Raoul is one of the most popular walks in Tasman National Park. It is a 14 kilometres / 5 hour walk to reach the two lookout points at Cape Raoul. There are so many spectacular and breath taking views along this walk and that is the reason why this walk is on the top of many must see lists. Bird watching and spotting wildlife adds to the fantastic scenery. Cape Raoul also features a the Raoul Bay Resort with bed & breakfast or cottage rooms available, meals, and sauna & massage amenities.
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Cape Hauy affords adventurous travellers world famous views from the lookout points along the walk or from the sea. Cape Hauy (pronounced Hoy) is one of the steeper hikes in the park with thrilling views of the drastic and rugged coastal cliffs. This is where daredevils flock to the sea stack rock formations known as The Candlestick and Totem Pole.
Totem Pole Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au
The Totem Pole and Candlestick are both familiar challenges to rock climbers and abseilers. It draws them from all over the world to tackle the challenge. If conditions are right and you are a brave and experienced climber, this challenge awaits you until the sea finally claims the entire rock.
Geographic Beauty of Tasman National Park
Tasman Arch Photo Credit: soer.justice.tas.gov.au
Devil’s Kitchen Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Tasmanian Blowhole Photo Credit: Think-Tasmania.com
Remarkable Cave Photo Credit: Tripadvisor.com
Tessellated Pavement Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Totem Pole and The Candlestick are not the only uniquely breath-taking rock formations in Tasman National Park. Near Eaglehawk Bluff, you can witness the beauty Mother Nature has carved into the rocks along the coastline: The Devil’s Kitchen, The Tasman Arch, and the Tasman Blowhole. If exploring geologic oddities is on your list, also check out the Remarkable Cave and the Tessellated Pavement. Each landscape is so beautiful and picture perfect, it is hard to believe that nature created such perfection for us to enjoy.