Location & things to do
Adventure - Sightseeing
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Meet the famous little devils, hand-feed friendly kangaroos, and watch the famous bird show at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park at Taranna, which is just a 10-minute drive north of Stewarts Bay Lodge. You will find native birds and animals, the Devils in the Dark Tours, a café and so much more. Contact reception for details.
Tasman Island Cruises
Cruise along the spectacular coastline of the Tasman National Park between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur for this exciting 3 hour eco-cruise. Marvel at the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere that rise sheer out of the ocean, enter deep sea caves and glimpse seals, whales and abundant bird species. Contact reception for details.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur is Australia's most significant convict site and one of our most incredible tourist destinations. Every building and every feature throughout Port Arthur has a story to tell. Created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for you to explore. Visitors gain access to wonderful guided walks, cruises to Point Puer and the Isle of the Dead, nighttime ghost tours, and so much more. Tickets are available from the reception at Stewarts Bay Lodge. Find out more today!
Eaglehawk Dive Centre
The Tasman Penisula is home to an incredible range of scuba diving sites, including 25m high Giant Kelp forests, seal colonies and sea caves. Call 03 6250 3566 or contact reception to learn more.
Breath-taking views from above await as you soar next to the towering sea cliffs that feature the Three Capes Track (Cape Hauy, Pillar and Raoul), witness the exposed lighthouse on Tasman Island and marvel at Port Arthur historic site from high up. There is no better way to appreciate the raw and wild scenery than from high above in the comfort of a helicopter. For charter enquires, contact reception
Rosedale Homestead is a great place to spend a day! An animal sanctuary and petting zoo, Rosedale Homestead is home to camels, horses, donkeys, peacocks, kangaroos, and so many more! Be sure to check out the fantastic restaurant while you’re here.
Ten minutes drive from Port Arthur is the picturesque seaside township of Nubeena where there is a choice of two supermarkets.
Dunalley Fish Markets
Next to the bridge in Dunalley, you will find one of the freshest fish markets around. In season you can also purchase crayfish.
Port Arthur Lavender Farm
Just over 5 minutes drive north of Stewarts Bay Lodge, purchase all things Lavender from this internationally recognised working property.
Pirates Bay Octopus
The popular marinated Pirates Bay Octopus is caught fresh from the seas surrounding the Tasman Peninsula. This delectable seafood is available from local shops.
Doo Town Meats
Some of the tastiest sausages and finest venison in Tasmania come from Doo Town Meats. If you see it on a menu, take the opportunity to enjoy these tasty treats.
Bred near Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula, local quail can be found on menus at Australia's top restaurants, including our own "On the Bay."
Historic Coal Mines
Just 25 minutes drive from Stewarts Bay are the Coal Mines at Saltwater River. Explore this well signposted convict site on your own self-guided tour.
Drive through Nubeena and take the signposted turn to Roaring Beach. This beach is home to some of the best surfing waves in the world! When the conditions are right these massive waves are awesome to watch.
Tasman Peninsula Walks
Marvel at the highest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere! The Port Arthur area and the Tasman Peninsula reward the walker with beautiful forests and magnificent coastal scenery. Publications are available which outline a significant slice of Tasmania’s history.
It is just a short walk to Remarkable Cave, Crescent Bay, and Maignon Lookout. This area also functions as the primary access to Mount Brown and Crescent Bay. Rock climbers can access the cliffs around West Head and Dauntless Point from this site. Turn left as you leave Stewarts Bay Lodge, then turn left again at Safety Cove Road and continue to the end of the road. On your way, be sure to stop at Safety Cove reserve for one of the best views of the cliffs in Tasmania.
Only a 25-minute drive from Stewart Bay Lodge, Waterfall Bay is a must-see destination. Travel by road to Eaglehawk Neck and turn into Pirates Bay, then turn right at the sign before Doo Town. A short walk will allow you to marvel at the spectacular coastal cliffs and waterfall that drops over sheer rock faces to the Tasman Sea below.
The Tasman Peninsula is home to many excellent distilleries. For lovers of gin and other spirits, Dunalley Bay Distillery, Hellfire Bluff Distillery, McHenry’s Distillery and Impression Bay Distillery are great options. If you’re more of a wine fan, Saltwater River Wines and Bangor Vineyard Shed are a must!
Spend the day exploring Eaglehawk Neck
Less than a 20-minute drive from Stewarts Bay Lodge, Eaglehawk Neck has something for everyone. Start your day off early with a surf at the northern part of Pirates Bay, known for its great swells, or enjoy the beautiful beaches of Pirates Bay, The Neck or Egg Beach. Grab some delicious local produce from Port Arthur or Eaglehawk Neck for a relaxing picnic at any one of the Eaglehawk Neck's scenic spots. When you're ready to explore, the Blowhole, Tasmanian Arch, and the Devil's Kitchen are some of Australia's most impressive natural formations. The Devil's Kitchen also hosts several walks across the cliffs towards Waterfall Bay. Top this off with some tasty fish and chips from the local food van, Doo Lishus, while watching the sunset.
For the kids
For a great day out with the kids, take the car out for a trip to Taranna, a 10-minute drive from Stewarts Bay Lodge. On your way, check out the beautiful Port Arthur Lavender farm and take a walk through the lavender trail. This is the ideal spot for a scenic breakfast or lunch, with views of the ocean and lavender fields. Continue onto Taranna, to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. The world’s first Unzoo project, it doesn’t have any boundary lines, so you can see the animals in their natural environment while you walk the two-kilometre trail. See Tasmanian devils, brushtail possums, almost 100 species of birds, fish, echidnas, bandicoots, wombats, and the elusive antechinus. There’s even the chance to hand-feed wallabies, kangaroos, and pademelons and join guided devil feeding presentations. We recommend spending at least three hours here to experience the Unzoo in full. To top off a great day, Tarrana’s Rosedale Homestead Restaurant is highly recommended.
Step back into history
Port Arthur has a rich convict history, dating back to the 1800s. Experience what life was like for convicts at the Port Arthur Historic site. Buy a site entry ticket to access more than "30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses, heritage gardens and walking tracks", a guided walking tour, and a 20-minute harbour cruise. For those who are brave enough, there is the option of a ghost tour after nightfall.
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