Sights and attractions at Cascades and the Peninsula
Day One - Richmond Village, Dunalley and Eaglehawk Neck
On route to Tasman Peninsula visit Richmond Village, where you can enjoy the ambience of a beautiful township. Thriving with cafes and handcraft galleries many housed in preserved buildings, Richmond maintains a true sense of history.
Further South, eateries at Dunalley will satisfy all styles of appetites, including the Waterfront Cafe, set in the old cannery overlooking Blackman Bay, as well there is the Dunalley Bakery and Fish market.
At Eaglehawk Neck divert to the look out and admire the vast coastline as it heads towards Tasman Island. At the bottom of the hill visit the ¨dogline¨, traditional security gates for the convicts held at Port Arthur.
Arrive at Cascades Colonial Accommodation in time for the sun setting over Norfolk Bay. Take some time to explore the Accommodation site that houses its own Museum and Cell Block.
Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants here on the Peninsula or better still, come prepared with your own picnic dinner, we can supply the locally grown wine and soak up the ambience without having to drive any more.
Day 2 - Convict Jetty, Port Arthur and Coal mines
Before setting off in the morning follow the signs to the site of the convict jetty along a coastal path, a lovely 15 min walk from your door. Here the timber from the nearby forest was transported to other ports in the colony.
Port Arthur is a world in itself and can easily take a full day to visit, take your time, have lunch, take pleasure from just sitting on a bench and visualizing this bustling penitentiary and township as it must have appeared more than 100 years ago.
Having satisfied your historic appetite, a drive around the Peninsula will relax the mind while showing off its amazing natural assets. Remarkable Cave at Port Arthur is a great place to start followed by a drive out to Coal Mines at Saltwater River. Another place of historic significance, Coal Mines is set on an attractive coastal headland with plenty of scope for exploring, walking and admiring the views back over Norfolk Bay.
Alternatively - rainforest walk and Ghost tour
If you like the bush then from Cascades Colonial Accommodation there is a pleasant walk into the rainforest behind the cottages. It can vary in length from 40mins to 3hours return and will take you to the areas where they harvested timbers and transported them via a hand pushed railway system to the convict wharf.
The evening could incorporate a Ghost Tour at Port Arthur Historic Site, which is always popular, but not for the faint hearted. Another evening at Cascades Colonial Accommodation and your trip is almost complete.
Day 3 - Eaglehawk neck and boat cruise
After breakfast and check out, drive back up the Peninsula to Eaglehawk Neck for an unforgettable boat cruise along the highest coastal cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, Dolerite columns at least 100 million years old. Now there´s a bit of history. All the way down the coast to Tasman Island and back enjoy breathtaking views and observe the rich sea life that abounds in this area.
The Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Blow Hole and Waterfall Bay are all prominent attractions in this area, so before leaving, a visit to these sites is a must. During summer, fish and chips and delicious berry ice cream can be purchased from a food van at the car park.
If the tide is low then a final stop at the Tessellated Pavement is well worth it. An inter-tidal rock platform that you can walk on and observe a rare geological condition resulting in tiled rock formations.
Now you can leave the Peninsula, rewarded for going that extra mile and discovering it´s unique historic and natural assets and having seen enough to realize that there is so much more to experience. See you again!
Tasman Peninsula abounds in natural beauty. As a result there are a vast number of famous bush walks that take you deep into the forests and out to the furthest reaches. If you are interested in bushwalking please do not hesitate to enquire about tracks when you get here.
Other attractions include The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, Federation Chocolate Factory and Fishing Charters.