Geology of the Region
The geology of Tasmania is different from this of the mainland
Australia, because Tasmania's classic rock dolerite is
found almost nowhere
else in Australia. Dolerite is a very strong rock, and because other
rocks have eroded around it, dolerite makes some most spectacular
pillars in Australia. Here, on the coast of southern Tasmania, are some
of the best examples rising out of the sea.
Animals in the Region
There is also a lot of wildlife to see on the Tasman Peninsula. From
the high cliffs it’s easy to spot some marine animals like
dolphins swimming in the
water, and seals
and penguins resting on the
coastal rocks. There are also many sea birds like terns and gannets,
and some birds
of prey like sea eagles and
wedge tailed eagles. Land animals include possums,
Devils and Tasmanian
pademelons which are most active during dusk and dawn when it’s cooler.
The park is also known for some rare plant species like euphrasias,
oyster bay pines and some rare Eucalypts
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Tasman Peninsula Travel: Fortescue Bay
South from Waterfall Bluff the walk gets harder. There is a steep climb
past Lichen Hill and Tatnells Hill, and then the walk descends again
and follows the coast towards Dolomieu Point where there is a camping
ground. After the Dolomieu Point it follows the coastline of Fortescue
Bay, in the end of which there is another camping ground. There is also
a car road to the Fortescue Bay camping ground, which is consequently
quite a big camping ground with over 40 sites that can also be used by
caravans, and there are showers, toilets, rubbish collection, fire
places and barbeques and even a boat launching ramp.
Tasman Peninsula Travel: Cape Hauy
After the Fortescue Bay campground you have two choices: either you can
walk inland along the Cape Pillar Track, or you can walk the longer,
but more beautiful coastal track, which also ends up going to the Cape
Pillar (the two tracks are joined later, before the Cape Pillar). The
coastal track goes first to Cape Hauy, one of the most spectacular
dolerite cliff formations on the peninsula. From there it goes uphill
towards Mount Fortescue, and after that it descends again towards
Wughalee Falls where there is a camp ground. Shortly after that camp
ground the coastal track joins the inland track towards Cape Pillar.
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Tasman Peninsula Travel: Cape Pillar and
Shortly after the tracks join, there is another camping ground at Bare
Knoll, and then the track goes south along the peninsula past Munro
Bright, Corruption Gully and Purgatory Hill to Hurricane Heath camping
ground. From there, it goes further south past Perdition Ponds and
Clytie Bight to the beautiful Cape Pillar – one of the most scenic
places in Australia. The dolerite cliff formations here are
outstanding, and you have some great views of the Tasman Island.
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Tasman Peninsula Travel: Day Walks and Other
Apart from the long walk, you can do day trips to the Tasman National
Park. Places you can access by a vehicle are Blowhole, Tasman Arch,
Waterfall Bay and Remarkable Cave. Boating is popular in places like
Pirates Bay and Fortescue Bay. Sea Kayaking is popular in Canoe Bay,
hang gliding in Pirates Bay, and rock climbing on the Totem Pole and
Candlestick – great dolerite rock walls at Cape Hauy.
Totem Pole, by AllPosters,
Here's one of Tasman Peninsula Maps where
I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can
click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click
anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the
map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with
Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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