Tasman Peninsula

Overview

Driving to the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania is a mesmerizing journey that takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes this beautiful island has to offer. Situated in southeastern Tasmania, the Tasman Peninsula is renowned for its dramatic coastal cliffs, stunning natural formations, and rich historical significance.

As you set off from Hobart, the state capital, you’ll embark on a roughly 90-minute drive along the Arthur Highway. The road meanders through lush countryside, rolling hills, and quaint rural towns, gradually revealing glimpses of the breathtaking coastal scenery that awaits.

Once you arrive on the Tasman Peninsula, you’ll be captivated by the rugged beauty of the coastline. The most iconic landmark here is the Tasman Arch, a stunning rock formation sculpted by the relentless force of the ocean over millennia. Nearby, you’ll find the awe-inspiring Blowhole, a natural phenomenon where seawater surges through a small opening in the rocks, creating a powerful spout that shoots into the air.

One of the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula is the Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Australia’s most significant convict-era destinations. Explore the well-preserved ruins and learn about the harsh lives of the prisoners who were once held there. Take a guided tour or stroll through the site at your own pace, soaking in the haunting atmosphere and intriguing stories from the past.

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the Tasman National Park, which encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, including dense forests, secluded beaches, and towering sea cliffs. Take a hike along the renowned Three Capes Track, a multi-day trek that showcases the dramatic coastal scenery and offers breathtaking views of Cape Raoul, Cape Hauy, and Cape Pillar.

Throughout your journey, keep an eye out for local wildlife. The Tasman Peninsula is home to a variety of unique species, including fur seals, dolphins, and numerous seabirds. Keep your camera ready, as you might catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Driving back from the Tasman Peninsula to Hobart, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to reflect on the beauty and tranquility of this remote region. The return journey offers a chance to unwind, enjoy the scenic vistas once more, and savor the memories of an unforgettable Tasmanian adventure.

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Highlights

Min Tour Length

3 Hours

Tour Stops

15

Narration Points

30

Tour Direction

Return Trip

Tour Area

Tour Route

Itinerary

Your Tasman Peninsula tour will take you from the Hobart Airport to the town of Sorell before taking a right hand turn towards popular beach side towns. Passing through Dunalley, we head to Eaglewhawk Neck which holds a wealth of historical significance and numerous natural wonders. After the neck it is onto the UNESCO World Heritage site of Port Arthur before looping around through Nubeena and commencing the return journey.

Tour Start

  • 12 Miles
  • 15 Mins

Your tour will begin from the Hobart Airport a short 15 minute drive from Hobart city.  You will then head towards the town of Sorell before turning right and heading towards the Tasman Peninsula.

Planning

  • 12 Miles
  • 15 Mins

Check the weather! If it’s going to be hot….pack a hat and sunscreen.  It’s going to be cold pack a jacket and a beanie.  Wet? An umbrella.  What ever the forecast, don’t be put off.  Sunny days will give you stunning beach views.  Rain will have the water falls flowing.  Wind and high seas are perfect conditions for the Eaglehawk Neck blowhole.  Just be prepared.

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Tour End

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During the journey back reflect on the history and natural wonders that you have uncovered.  Perhaps drop into a winery or bakery on your way.  Your tour will bring you back to the Hobart Airport and it’s a short 15 minutes back to the Hobart city centre.

Price
$ 24.95
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