Tasman Peninsula

  • Tasman Peninsula - Across Waterfall Bay - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Coastline south of Waterfall Bay - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Forest above Waterfall Bay - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Children"s and Cemetary Islands, Port Arthur - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Devil - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Huge drop below Waterfall Bay - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Tasman Peninsula - Waterfall Bay - © Copyright William Mackesy

Key information: Tasman Peninsula

  • Huge diameter sea cliffs - some of the best in the southern hemisphere - with wilderness forest behind. Whales and other sealife.
  • A variety of great walks to suit almost any taste and ability.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating83
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating83

Vital Statistics

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Tasman Peninsula - Coastline south of Waterfall Bay - © Copyright William Mackesy


The dramatic coast of the Tasman Peninsula awaits you a mere hour or so south-east of Hobart. Reached across the ludicrously narrow Eaglehawk Neck, the peninsula boasts huge sea cliffs, fine forests and lovely beaches - and a fabulous selection of walks.


Walks include:


  • The big one: the Tasman Coastal Trail. Starting at magnificent Waterfall Bay, this runs along the rugged east coast to glorious Fortescue Bay, spectacular Cape Huay and Cape Pillar. The whole trail takes 3-5 days, although much can be walked as day chunks (see below).


  • Cape Pillar: 2-3 days return through forest and above the sea from Fortescue Bay to the highest cliffs of them all (300m). You should be on your own much of the way.


  • Cape Huay: 4-5hrs return from Fortescue Bay. Huge cliffs and stacks, protruding into the often wild Tasman Sea. Hugely atmospheric if relatively popular.


  • To Waterfall Bay Lookout: 1 ?hrs round trip through good forest with sea glimpses to this remarkable cliff-top viewpoint down the peninsula?s rough, lonely east coast. Fabulous.


  • Waterfall Bay to Tatnells Hill, Fortescue Bay: Around 4hrs (or 8hrs return) to one of the best viewpoints on the peninsula, or on to Bivouac Bay where you can camp, possibly alone, or further to the trackhead at lovely Fortescue Bay.


See our Tasmania page for further general information.


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Tasman Peninsula - Children's and Cemetary Islands, Port Arthur - ©Copyright William Mackesy

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