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