Tasman National Park is on the Tasman Peninsula, part of Tasmania near Port Arthur known for its coastal scenery. The park is home to the columnar dolerite cliffs at Cape Pillar and Tasman Island, perched at 300 meters high, these are some of the highest in the world.
Flora and fauna edit
Numerous mammals can be found in the national park and species such as the red-bellied filander, the red-necked wallaby and the wombat have become more common ever since the park was protected. While the Tasmanian devil and the spotted marten were more common in the past, it's now believed that they only live in a smaller population in parts of the park.
On the coasts you can observe the South African fur seal, leopard seal and elephant seal. The waters are also frequented by dolphins of various species, pilot whales, southern capers and humpback whales.
Due to the diverse habitats, numerous species of birds also find their habitat here. These include the little penguin, the endangered species Thinornis rubricollis (a plover) and the wedge-tailed eagle and the white-bellied sea eagle.
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Get in edit
The park is a quick and easy drive from Port Arthur by simply just taking the C347 down south, until you're eventually there at the park.
Fees and permits edit
To enter any national park in Tasmania, you'll need to have a valid parks pass to enter the park, which can be found here at the Parks Tasmania website. There are numerous passes available, depending on your needs. The fees are up-to-date as of February 2023.
A daily parks pass is usually valid for 24 hours, and is usable in all parks although it does not include access to Cradle Mountain. This is particularly useful if you're going to numerous nearby parks. A pass for your vehicle covers up to 8 occupants, you only need the per person pass if you arrive without a vehicle.
- Per vehicle: $41.20
- Per person: $20.60
If you're staying in Tasmania for a few weeks and want to go numerous national parks, there's the Holiday Pass, which is valid for up to two months. This also includes Cradle Mountain.
- Per vehicle: $82.40
- Per person (≥5): $41.20
There is also the Annual Park Pass, which is valid in all parks, including Cradle Mountain.
- $91.35 in general
- $73.10 for concession holders
- $36.55 for seniors
If you only plan to repeatedly visit one park again for 12 months, it's $46.70 in general, or $37.35 for concession holders. This excludes Cradle Mountain.
Get around edit
Safety Cove and Cape Raoul edit
- 1 Remarkable Cave, 7182/446 Safety Cove Rd. This sea cavern (not cave, despite its name) may look like any other sea cavern, but when you look at it closely, you'll see the gap looks exactly like the shape of Tasmania but without its many peninsulas on all sides. Getting to the cavern's lookout is a 15-minute walk (return) from Maingon Bay Lookout but has many stairs that you will need to walk up on return.
- 2 Maingon Blowhole, Mount Brown Track. While much less well-known than neighbouring Remarkable Cave, if you're into photography, this blowhole is well worth a visit. Visiting the blowhole requires a one-hour walk (return) from Maingon Bay Lookout, but note that sections of the trail are steep and slippery, especially after rainfall.
- 3 Maingon Bay Lookout, Safety Cove Rd.
- 4 Cape Raoul Lookout, Cape Raoul Track.
Eaglehawk Neck edit
There is a small section of Tasman National Park in Eaglehawk Neck, which include major sites such as Fossil Bay, Tasman Arch and the Devils Kitchen, connected to the township by a small road – this does not connect to any other locations in the park. As such, these sites are covered in Eaglehawk Neck#Tasman National Park. You will still require a Tasmanian national parks pass to visit these sites, but are covered there for practical purposes.
There are no places to eat, and the nearest are in Port Arthur.
- 1 Cape Pillar Lodge, Cape Pillar Track, Port Arthur (No specified address. Just in the southeast areas of the cove), ☏ . Lodge only available for those that choose to walk the Three Capes Track.
- Fortescue Bay. It's the final point of the Three Capes Track and is the only officially designated camping spot. There's two campgrounds to choose from, both not far apart from each other. $13 for 2 people (minimum fee), $5 for each additional adult 18+, $2.50 for each additional child (5-17). $16 per family (2 adults, 3 children).
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- To see some Tasmanian devils, Taranna is nearby and houses the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
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