Sights, activities and walks

Waterfront Walk

½ hour return on easy track.

In front of the Mess Hall, follow the track down the grassy bank towards the waterfront. Follow the fence at the bottom to the left and cross the bridge, then follow the track along the waters edge until the gravel road. Turn right down to the site of the convict jetty, previously used to ship timber from the sawmill. Return along the same track or, alternatively continue on the gravel road until it meets the main road, turn left and follow it until you meet the entry to Cascades again.

 

 

Rainforest Walk

45mins - 1 hour return

Opposite the entrance to Cascades on the main road is the old hospital (red roof and white picket fence). On the left is a row of old pear trees. Follow the signs on the left hand of the trees until you meet the dirt road. At the stockyards (500 m on left), veer right and continue on the track into the forest along side the rivulet. The old quarry and sawmill site is signposted. The track continues through the rainforest and up to the neighbour’s paddock. Return via the same route or alternatively head up through the neighbours paddock to the gravel road and follow it down to the main road. At the main road turn left to get back to Cascades. Please ensure all gates are closed behind

The Tasman Peninsula

There is so much to do and places to visit on the Tasman Peninsula, the historic site of Port Arthur being the most famous and popular.

Beaches

Start your experience with an invigorating swim at one of the many magnificent beaches here or a spectacular bushwalk in the nearby National Park to Cape Raoul, Cape Hauy or visit the penguin rookery at Fortescue Bay. There are cruises from Hobart, Port Arthur and Eagle Hawk Neck that explore Australia’s highest coastal cliffs, sea caves and the abundant sea life that inhabits the waters, including dolphins, seals and albatross. If you are lucky you may catch sight of a humpback whale as it migrates along the east coast. Take the kids horse riding or for more adventurous spirits there is rock climbing, sea kayaking or diving. At the end of a fun filled day, relax back at Cascades and enjoy the sunset overlooking the peaceful Norfolk Bay with a glass of locally produced wine

Walks around the Peninsula

There are some world famous walks on the Tasman Peninsula soon to include the three capes walk. For more information on these please visit the national parks website or we recommend the book by local bushwalkers, Peter and Shirley Storey, ”Peninsula Tracks-35 Walks In and Around the Tasman National Park”

Sites on the Peninsula

Driving around the Peninsula is a pleasure and at the end of each road you can be rewarded with a quiet cove, a fantastic view or a great coffee.

Places that we recommend to visit from the comfort of your car are:

Lime Bay, Coal Mines Historic site and Slopen Main beach

On the northwest tip of the peninsula. Turn right at the Premaydena shop and follow the gentle country road to your preferred destination.

Remarkable Cave, Safety Cove Beach and Palmers Lookout.

While you are visiting Port Arthur in the south don’t miss the spectacular views out to Cape Pillar and Tasman Island from these places overlooking Carnarvon Bay.

The Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the walk to Waterfall bay

at Eagle Hawk Neck is a fantastic introduction to the rugged Peninsula coastline. As well the Tessellated Pavement and the sweeping Pirates Bay surf beach.

Fortescue Bay

is the start for the two day walk to Cape Pillar, the shorter walk to Cape Hauy and some simple walks around the bay to penguin habitat. Situated in the Tasman National Park, it is accessed via a 12km dirt road off the highway between Taranna and Port Arthur.

White Beach and Roaring beach

are accessed at either end of Nubeena, (the peninsula’s only supermarket, garage, pharmacy and service centre). Roaring Beach is a remote surf beach 7kms from the turn off ( next to Peninsula hardware) and White beach is accessed a few km’s from the centre of Nubeena on the Port Arthur road.

Federation Chocolate Factory

in Taranna produces a huge variety of chocolate including their popular ginger, apple and Seville orange flavours. A visit here includes chocolate tasting and a look at some of the old tools and machinery used here on the Peninsula in times gone by.

Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

is across from the chocolate factory in Taranna Check times before you visit so you can see the devils being fed, the “Wings of the Air” bird show and following that, feeding time for the wallaby’s, pademelons and kangaroos. Picnic tables are situated near the café that only operates in Summer.



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