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Tasman Peninsula

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The Tasman Peninsula is a peninsula in the south-east of Tasmania with many attractions such as Port Arthur.





English is spoken throughout Tasmania and no other languages are spoken. Tasmanians are extremely friendly and they will try to understand you gladly if you know only simple English.

Get in[edit]

The Tasman Peninsula area really starts in the little town of Dunalley, about 45 minutes' drive from Hobart. From Hobart, you head out on the A3 Highway, crossing the Derwent River and continuing on to Sorell. Here, you turn south to join Highway A9, which takes you all the way through Dunalley to Port Arthur Historic Site. The road is mostly two-lane and you travel through open countryside interspersed with eucalypt forests and views over Frederick Henry Bay.

Get around[edit]

Various private bus companies run services to the Tasman Penisula, from Hobart, and there is no public transport. Most of the the major national and international car rental companies have representatives in Hobart, so you can easily rent a car.

See[edit][add listing]

Port Arthur Historic Site: This historic site is one of Tasmania's main attractions. There is a visitor centre there and a big carpark. Cars are not allowed in Port Arthur itself, so park in the visitor center carpark before entering the visitor centre to pay entrance fees to Port Arthur. Walking tours are available daily, or you can choose to go free and easy. Port Arthur's Historic Ghost Tours are not to be missed.

One site entry pass is valid for 2 days and includes:

  • Introductory guided walking tour
  • Harbour cruise
  • Interpretation gallery
  • Access to more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored houses on the site.

Admission prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $28.00
  • Child (4-17 years old): $14.00
  • Family (2 adults and up to 6 children): $62.00
  • Concession (Seniors, pensioners, full-time students and YHA card holders): $23.00

Optional tours include (although some of these may not be within the Port Arthur Historic Site, they can be booked at the Port Arthur visitor centre):

  • Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour
  • Point Puer Tour
  • Historic Ghost Tour (excellent, award-winning)
  • Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise

For more information on Port Arthur Historic Site, visit the Port Arthur Historic Site website [2].

Do[edit][add listing]

Tasman Island Cruises, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, (03) 6250 2200 (), [1]. Tasman Island Cruises operates 3 hour eco-cruises to Tasman Island from Port Arthur daily all year round. Full day tours from Hobart are also available. The tours cruise the gorgeous coastline of the Tasman Island National Park and boast seal sightings and have also had regular dolphin and whale sightings. The staff are excellent and it's not to be missed when in the area.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Mussel Boys, Taranna. Prices are a little expensive, but the food is excellent  edit

Don't order the steaks, they're tiny.

  • Blue Seal Cafe, 5131 Arthur Highway, Eaglehawk Neck. Nice little café with water views, wonderful place to stop for coffee $10-20.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are no pubs around the Tasman Peninsula. The closest pub would be at Dunalley, a 40 minute drive back towards Hobart.

Stay safe[edit]

  • Speed limits must be observed strictly all around Tasmania. Speed limits on highways are usually 100 km/h unless otherwise signed. Speed limits on all Tasmanian streets range from 50-60km/h unless otherwise signed. Fines will be imposed if speed limits are not observed.
  • Mobile phone reception can be patchy in many areas of the Tasman Peninsula. Telstra NextG provides the best reception, but this is not guaranteed.
  • Tasmania is generally a safe place, but drop bears remain a problem on the Tasman Peninsula.

Get out[edit]

Follow the highway to Hobart.

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