The Tasman Peninsula is another stunning part of the beautiful island state Tasmania. It is filled with incredible natural attractions and is a great place to explore. The peninsula has dramatic sea cliffs and marvelous rock formations along the coast. There are also interesting arches and caves in the area. The Tasman Peninsula is an ideal place to enjoy a walk in nature and marvel at the strength and beauty of the ocean.
It is important to note that much of the Tasman Peninsula lies within the Tasman National Park, so a park pass will be necessary for entry into many of the attractions on the peninsula.
Tasman Peninsula Attractions
The natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula is what stood out for me. The coastline is breathtaking and has a lot to see. We spent a full day exploring the area. There was certainly much more to see, but we got a good taste of the peninsula’s beauty. Tasman Peninsula has several different nature walks as well as opportunities for rock climbing, kayaking, surfing and more.
The Remarkable Cave was one of my favorite spots in the Tasman Peninsula. The area had incredible views of the coastline and an interesting walk down to the cave, which is really more of a lengthy arch carved out to the shore.
Another popular spot for a visit is the Blow Hole. The Blow Hole only lives up to its name with rough seas, but it is still an interesting formation to check out. And there is a food truck that serves up fried seafood and delicious ice cream in the car park. So it’s a great place for a quick look and a snack.
There is a great walk along the coastline between the Tasman Arch and the Devils Kitchen. It’s a short walk between the two, taking just a few minutes. If you continue on, you’ll come to another arch, Patersons Arch. The walk is easy and takes about an hour to an hour and a half return at a leisurely pace. The path has several different lookouts along the way with gorgeous views of the dramatic coastline.
My second favorite spot in the Tasman Peninsula is the Tessellated Pavement. It is a fascinating geological formation and makes a great spot for enjoying the sunrise. The tidal rock is carved out with a pattern of rectangles that hold shallow pools of water and catch the light in interesting ways. It’s quite lovely, but best visited earlier in the day.
Pretty much every site that provides information about the Tasman Peninsula will direct you to Port Arthur Historic Site. The old convict site is listed as a world heritage location and has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored homes. It’s a significant part of Australia’s history, but unless you are intrigued by history, I wouldn’t say it’s a must see attraction. The area is beautiful and the buildings and ruins are lovely, but the natural attractions of the Tasman Peninsula are much more notable.
But if Port Arthur sounds like your type of adventure, keep in mind that the grounds are quite extensive and there is a lot to see. So if you do plan to go, I recommend dedicating a day to explore the whole area. Entry into the historic site is $37 per adult with discounts for children, families and concession. The entry ticket includes a 40-minute guided walking tour, 25-minute harbour cruise and access to the buildings, ruins, gardens and other sites at Port Arthur. Tickets are valid for entry for two consecutive days. Check out the official website to book a ticket and learn more about the history of the area.