CAPE RAOUL National Park is a beautiful coastal park with rugged cliffs that begins just west of Port Arthur. The walking tracks here are being upgraded to allow for easier access of this area, but they do require a moderate degree of fitness. These tracks include one to SHIPSTERN BLUFF with its spectacular surfing waves. There are no facilities at Cape Raoul, but there are many at nearby Port Arthur.
The Cape Raoul National Park is in the Tasman Peninsula of south eastern Tasmania. From Cape Raoul you are just 5 minutes from PORT ARTHUR, 10 minutes from the TARANA Wild Life Park and 15 minutes from CAPE PILLAR, EAGLEHAWK NECK. Nearby places are described in the TASMAN PENINSULA REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There are no commercial facilities at Cape Raoul. There are shops and a hotel at Eaglehawk Neck and there is a cafe, a tourist shop and a petrol station at Port Arthur. There is accommodation at PORT ARTHUR and at EAGLEHAWK NECK.
SIGHTS: The Cape Raoul Track takes you to the spectacular views of the rugged cliffs of CAPE RAOUL. Just west of this is SHIP STERN BLUFF, where intrepid surfers dare to ride the huge waves that crash into the shore. You can get a good view of the surfers from the shore near Ship Stern Bluff.
ROUTE: The only way into the Tasman Peninsula is via the A9 Arthur Highway. Drive down the A9 to PORT ARTHUR, then turn west onto B37 Nubeena Road. Follow this westward for a few kilometres, until you turn south onto Stormlea Road. You follow this gravel road through to the car park, where you will find the Cape Raoul Track. A westward diversion of this track will take you to SHIP STERN BLUFF.
- SHIPSTERN BLUFF
1/ Shipstern Bluff is in south east Tasmania. It is west of Port Arthur. It is the place where intrepid surfer dare the huge waves. There is no access from the shore, so the surfers must be launched and collected from the boats that you can see in the background.
2/ Here you can see a daring surfer riding a dangerous 10 metre wave at Shipstern Bluff.
3/ It is a two hour walk to reach the surf viewing vantage point over the Shipstern Bluff.