The Tasman Peninsula, in the southeast corner of Tassie deserves a trip of its own. An hour from Hobart, the peninsula is packed with things to eat, photograph and experience.
Van Bone is one of Tasmania’s newest experimental food experiences, sitting in rural surrounds, overlooking Marion Bay. Produce is seasonal, the ethos is one of minimal intervention and the building is an architectural stunner. Make sure you set aside plenty of time – the menu is set and you can expect up to fourteen courses served over four hours in an intimate setting. We visited recently; you can see Van Bone in all its glory here
Head south to the Tasman Peninsula. Cubbed Espresso at Eagle Hawk neck is he states only four-star coffee. You can expect a top-notch caffeine hit served out of an old caravan. Folding chairs are set up to enjoy the ocean view and in winter you can expect a fire to sit around.
Cool Rocks (!!)
Continue on to Tessellated Pavements to see some really cool rocks. (a sentence we didn’t think we’d ever say) A natural phenomenon, they worth grabbing a snap of.
Pull in to Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch and walk the loop track to soak in the rugged coastline and the extraordinary effect the ocean can have on forming it. It’s a short walk, but worth stopping for – and another one worth taking your camera for.
If you’re up for more rugged coastline and photo ops, continue south to Remarkable Cave. The path is good and if the weather is wild it can be quite a spectacle.
All The History
We could never chat Tasman Peninsula without mentioning Port Arthur Historic Site. Port Arthur is an incredible insight into early Tasmanian history. You don’t need to be a history buff in any way to really enjoy it. If the weather is nice, pack a picnic and enjoy it in the grounds. Take the short ferry ride to Isle of the Dead for an added history insight.
If you’re up for more rugged coastline and photo ops, continue south to Remarkable Cave. The path is good if the weather is wild it can be quite a spectacle.
If you’re into bushwalking, we’ve got good news. The Tasman Peninsula is home to the Three Capes Track. And while we can highly recommend you add Three Capes to your walking bucket list if you don’t have time to do the full shebang, Cape Hauy is a spectacular day walk – it’s pleasant coastline and then all of sudden you’re smacked in the face with the beauty of some of the tallest cliffs in the southern hemisphere.
If you want to experience the sheer beauty and ruggedness of the coastline, but if a walk isn’t your jam, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offer a range of boat tours, around the south coast of Tassie. Some tours have more of a wildlife watching focus, others are more about experiencing the power of the ocean.
There are plenty of great accommodation options on and around Tasman Peninsula. Tin Lantern is one of our favorites, hosted by Nick Jaffe. Tin Lantern is close to Eaglehawke Neck and is perfectly situated to base yourself while you explore the area.