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Located in the south-eastern region of Tasmania, the Tasman National Park is a beautiful, diverse region of soaring cliffs, sandy beaches, forests, wildflowers, abundant wildlife, cascading waterfalls and an underwater world of equal beauty.

Protecting the spectacular coastal areas on the eastern and southern coastlines on the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas, the Tasman National Park is home to diverse dense forest, colourful wildflowers including several species of rare plants (ie euphrasias) and a variety of both land and marine wildlife (including nesting fairy penguins, Australian fur seals, Australian pademelon, Bennetts wallaby, wedge-tailed eagle and sea eagle, just to name a few).

View along the coast near Mt Fortescue and Fortescue Bay © Ian BurnsStretching from Cape Surville (at the northern end), southwards to Waterfall Bay and Fortescue Bay; and from Cape Hauy to Cape Pillar (with its view across to the Tasman Island) and Cape Raoul. The park incorporates several off-shore islands, including Fossil Island (at the southern end of Pirates Bay), Hippolyte Rocks (Fortescue Bay) and Tasman Island (off Cape Pillar).

This national park offers not only some of the best coastal walks in Australia, but also the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in Australia (in the southern end of the park), and many interesting rock formations - The Blowhole, Tasmans Arch, Devils Kitchen, Tessellated Pavement, columnar dolerite cliffs at Cape Pillar, just to name a few.

There are lookouts right on the sealed road at Eaglehawk Neck and Remarkable Cave. You can also take a forest drive up to the lookout in the hills above the Blowhole, then out to see the immense cliffs at Waterfall Bay,  and onto the beach at Fortescue Bay.

The region also offers opportunities for the more adventurous such as, sea kayaking, abseiling, fishing, diving, seaplanes and much more from the local operators.

More images in our 'Snapshot from Australia - Tasman National Park'.

Check out our listing of Tasman Peninsula accommodation. For more attractions tours and other information, check the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.

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Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service

Port Arthur Booking & Information Centre

Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre - Hobart

Tasman National Park Attractions

Bush Walks
  • Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bay: 1-2 hrs return.
  • Waterfall Bay to Camp Falls: 1½ hrs return.
  • Cape Hauy: 4-5 hrs return.
  • Cape Raoul (via Storm Bay lookout): 5 hrs return.
  • Mt Brown and Crescent Bay: 4-6 hrs return.
  • Tasman Coastal Track: 6-8 hrs one way.
  • Cape Pillar: 2-3 days return.

Check the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website for more walks information.
There is also some great Fact Sheets available for download.

Candle Stick at Cape Hauy © Ian Burns

Images include:
The view on a bush walk taking in the Mt Fortescue and Fortescue Bay coastal view, and
The huge Candle Stick (columnar dolerite) at Cape Hauy.

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