Eaglehawk Neck and the Tasman Peninsula is a feast for the senses: outdoor adventure, stunning coastal scenery and unique geographical features abound here, some just steps from Lufra Hotel and Apartments. Our location sometimes referred to as “the gateway to the Tasman Peninsula” is a narrow isthmus connecting the Tasman Peninsula to mainland Tasmania. This unique positioning gives guests of Lufra the best possible launchpad to explore everything Tasmania has to offer. Locally known as the Neck, the isthmus itself is around 400 metres long and under 30 metres wide at its narrowest point and has a beautiful and rugged terrain along with several unusual geological formations.
From family-friendly hikes to expert level diving, surfing and guided game fishing, there’s something new for everyone to discover . We’ve put together a list of our 10 favourite outdoor excursions but be sure to check out the historic sites of nearby Port Arthur. Visit the local directory for more info.
Top 10 Things to See & Do on the Tasman Peninsula
- Tasman Island Cruises: Unforgettable three hour wilderness cruises along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania. The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs where Guests experience waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves. The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales and sea birds in their thousands.
- Diving: There are a great diversity of world-class scuba diving sites in this area, including the famous Waterfall Bay caves, the historic wreck of the SS “Nord” with huge schools of fish, Giant Kelp forests and bizarre Weedy Seadragons, with sites suitable for divers of all levels of experience.
- Game Fishing: Eaglehawk Neck and the Pirates Bay area are well renowned for world class game and tuna fishing. Fishing charters are available for small to large groups through a variety of professional charter operators. Contact Lufra on +61 (03) 6250 3262 for further details.
- The Blowhole, Tasman’s Arch, & Devil’s Kitchen: A geological feature formed through erosion from the action of waves. Water is forced through a tunnel from the action of waves erupting on the inside of the feature. It is easily accessible at the eastern most point on Blowhole Road.
Tasman’s Arch is a natural arch which is really a greatly enlarged tunnel running from the coast along a zone of closely spaced cracks and extending inland to a second zone perpendicular to the first. The roof at the landward end of the tunnel has collapsed but the hole is too large and the sides are too high to form a blowhole.
The 60 metres deep Devil’s Kitchen has been formed by a similar process to that which has created Tasman’s Arch. Basically, if Tasman’s Arch collapsed, it would lead to the creation of a landform like the Devils Kitchen.
- Waterfall Bay: The Waterfall Bay track climbs from the path around the cliffs of Waterfall Bay, through tall, slim, regrowth stringy bark gum trees and large clumps of grass. There are a number of lookout points as the track skirts the 300 metre cliffs, providing excellent views back along the coast towards Tasman’s Arch.
- Tessellated Pavement: A short walk from the car park at the Lufra Hotel leads down to the remarkable Tessellated Pavement. This unusual geological formation, which gives the rocks the effect of being rather neatly tiled by a giant, is explained on a placard near the site, provided by the Geology Department of the University of Tasmania.
- Pirates Bay Walk, Lufra Cove, Clyde’s Island: The Pirates Bay walk, departing from the Hotel is a 5k walk along the beach around to the Jetties of Pirates Bay and the Blow Hole. Lufra Cove and Clyde’s Island can be seen from the hotel; Clyde’s Island sits to the northern end of Pirates Bay. A short walk continuing on from the Tessellated Pavements traverses Lufra Cove before reaching the cliffs and a possible crossing to the Island.
- Lufra Cove and Clyde’s Island: Seen from the Hotel, Clyde’s Island sits to the northern end of Pirates Bay. A short walk continuing on from the Tessellated Pavements traverses Lufra Cove before reaching the cliffs and a possible crossing to the Island.
- Shipstern Bluff: If daredevil waves and world-class surfing is what you seek then Shipstern Bluff is the place to go. This location is regarded amongst the surfing community as one of the wildest and most dangerous locations in the world
- Three Capes Track: The Lonely Planet endorsed cliff-hugging four-day Three Capes Track wilderness walk is situated in this area with daily departures from the Port Arthur Historic Site. Lufra is an ideal place to stay before and/or after the walk, with a range of accommodation options from 4-star Spa Apartments through to 3.5-star waterview hotel rooms.
- Port Arthur Historic Site: One of Australia’s most important heritage sites and tourist destinations. Located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania, it offers a unique and essential experience for all visitors to the area.