Two Incredible Places

(So Far) In the Tasman National Park

We arrived in Port Arthur on Friday having left Triabunna behind and on Saturday morning went for a drive just to look at a few areas of the Tasman National Park.

Remarkable Cave

One place that was a ‘must see’ was Remarkable Cave only a short drive south of the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Remarkable Cave

Remarkable Cave

Remarkable in that from the viewing platform, the mouth of the cave looks ‘remarkably’ like the map of Tasmania.  Wow!  Inside the cave was equally as stunning.

Epacris marginata

Epacris marginata

While there, I spotted the Epacris marginata known only to live on the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas as well as on Maria Island.

This beautiful little plant is not found anywhere else in the world.

From the Maingnon Bay viewing platform (where the path leads down to Remarkable Cave) we stood for some time just looking at the rugged beauty of the area.  I took a few shots of the rocks at Cape Raoul.  The pipe organ like rock formations were clearly visible from where we were standing thought way off in the distance, so I had to zoom in quite a bit to get a clear shot.

Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul

We then moved a little further down the road to the ‘mecca’ of surfers all over the world.

Ship Stern Bluff

I don’t believe the area is easy for a surfer to reach, as there is a 45 minute walk to where I took the following panoramic shot, and from there (I’m guessing) another hour to get down to the water’s edge.  Mostly those who can afford it, take a boat or jet ski from the coast to reach the surf.

Ship Stern Bluff

Ship Stern Bluff

The landmass visible in the background is Bruny Island, take a look here on Google Maps to see exactly where we were when I took the photograph.

The walk to what I’ll call Ship Stern Bluff lookout wasn’t overly taxing, but it did include walking up and over a rise and through some rather rocky sections.  I can’t imagine surfers carrying their boards through the Tasman National Park, but Dean assures me they would, and certainly so when the waves are pumping.

The path was well worn in places, evidence I suppose of a lot of use.

We sat and enjoyed our lunch while soaking up the magnificent view.  It was clouding over, and as an afternoon storm was predicted, we chose not to walk down any further.  As it was, it took us 2½ hours to walk in and walk out.

Dean only gave me a heartache once when he decided to step closer and take a peek over the edge.


 

13 Comments

  1. Wow! Thanks for taking us along on your trip!! Really phenomenal pictures. The rock formation in the foreground of the Cape Raoul pic looks like a face profile…I thought that one was pretty neat. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Casey,

      I am always so pleased to hear of someone enjoying the journey Dean and I are on. I certainly enjoy writing about it and sharing it with others.

      The ‘face’ in the foreground of Cape Raoul was the reason I chose that photo, though I must say, I didn’t see it when I was taking the shot, only afterwards when I was reviewing the images on the computer.

      Clare

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  2. Such beautiful places you are experiencing. I did not say the word seeing but experiencing. You must be taking in everything using all of your senses… I am quite sure. ENJOY!

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      The chance to take this trip around Australia has been beyond words some days and the experiences equally so. Writing about it is my catalogue of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen (experienced) as we move from place to place. I’m so glad I have a camera to capture moments in time not only to share, but to review and reflect myself.

      There is no question, we are having the time of our lives.

      Clare

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    1. Thank you Deb,

      I’m honoured. I have been nominated before, so I will add you to my page where the nominations and information is published.

      I will get to the questions as soon as I can.

      Clare

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  3. Awesome photos – and I’m impressed at the sharpness on the zoomed in photo of the organ pipes.
    As for surfers… yep, I’ll vouch that they’ll walk miles. We saw a couple 10km from the nearest carpark/settlement once. No camping/hiking gear. Just them and their boards heading to the beach. Crazy.

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    1. Crazy surfers alright Dayna,

      As for my camera, Santa gave it to me for Christmas when my other one started playing up too much. Panasonic Lumix FZ70, I love it.

      Clare

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