Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is home to one of Tasmania and Australia's most significant world heritage sites as well as some stunning coast line and great walking.

The Tasman Peninsula is an hours drive South East of Hobart with the entrance to the peninsula consisting a narrow passage at the small town of Dunalley. 

There are a number of small towns to explore on the Tasman Peninsula including Dunalley, Nubeena, Taranna and the oddly named Doo Town. It's worth going for a drive just to check out the unique local shacks (holiday homes) that can be found in and around these various towns. If you get a chance make sure to get some fish n chips while you are down here as the sea food is caught locally and some of the best in Australia.

There is always plenty to do on the Tasman Peninsula such as exploring Port Arthur, walking at Fortescue Bay and Cape Hauy as well as the Devil Conservation Park.

Three Capes Track

The Tree Capes Track is a new multi day walk on the Tasman Peninsula. The track is 46km long taking in the stunning sea cliffs along the Tasman. The formal opening of the track will be in November 2015.

A brief History of the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is named after Abel Tasman who first discovered this stretch of coastline in 1642. The area was first settled by western colonists with the establishment of the Port Arthur penal colony in the 1830s. The area was perfect for a penal settlement due to it's isolation and natural defences against escaping.

After the penal settlement the area developed a thriving industry around agriculture and forestry with plenty of sheltered bays becoming bases of operation for whalers and seal hunters operating in the Southern Ocean.

Our Local Tips

  • Check out the local wildlife at the Devil Conservation Park.
  • Take a trip with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys or Wild Ocean Tasmania and see the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Visit the blow hole and arch at Devils Kitchen.
  • Check out the shacks in Doo Town.
  • Explore the Coal Mines Historic Site, not as popular as Port Arthur, but just as interesting.