Colossal Tasman Peninsula

We are underway again and what a spectacular coast the Tasman Peninsula is! Dolerite cliffs 300m high come straight down to the ocean. These giant sea columns are absolutely colossal. There is a catch though: after several days of strong wind, there is a fair bit of swell and the rebound against the tall cliffs turns the unruly Southern Ocean into a washing machine!

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Wade was keen to take the short cut through the Denison Canal at Dunalley, but I was not going to miss out on the photo opportunity along the magnificent coastline. So we have taken the scenic way around – much further but so much more interesting with three capes rounded again: Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy.

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Just around Cape Raoul in the big swell

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Up close and personal at the Lanterns and Cape Hauy – in sedate waters!

We stopped overnight at Port Arthur. This was the site of a convict settlement, back in the 1830s. Our next overnight stop was at Riedel Bay, Maria Island, half way between the Tasman and Freycinet peninsulas. We hope you appreciate tbe geological wonder of this shoreline. Our voyage takes us past the Freycinet Peninsula next so get ready for a change of scenery!

27 thoughts on “Colossal Tasman Peninsula

  1. Wow, these photos are so amazing! The geology is fantastic! Thank you for sharing such beauty. ❤️😎👍🏻

  2. The one and only time in my life I have been seasick was off Cape Raoul. The rebound can be savage! As a child, I was taught those columns were used as target practice by the navy in the early days, hence their ragged appearance. Could be a myth, although I think I recall seeing a painting depicting the scene somewhere. Love the shot of Riedel Bay, very evocative.

    • Hi Deb – yes Wade had heard that story about using the cliffs for target practice – the navy did that at Point Perpendicular at Jervis Bay too! I was feeling a bit crook past Raoul and border line in between Cape Pillar and Tasman Island! So it pays to give them a wide berth… the things we do for specky photos! 😊

  3. I really appreciate the cliffs, I thought they were brilliant when I was there doing the cruise around them. They are like natures sculptures, so beautiful.

  4. Fantastic photos, as usual, Chris. The last time I sailed around there was on the ‘tall ship’ Soren Larsen and I was feeling a bit off as well…but that may have had many causes. We have bush walked in that area…the Three Capes Track gives a different perspective on some of that scenery, although we only did part of it and that was before it was developed and got trendy.

      • I think ‘Interesting’ might be a better word than ‘special’. It was definitely memorable….although I would rather be doing that again than being stuck in our situation right now – our anchor winch has imploded! Ahh, the joys of sailing… 🙂

      • Hi Chris, this is out of kilter but for some reason there is no reply tag on your last comment on our thread…… 🙂
        …Sheared Bolts! Strong Arms, extra ropes and a spinnaker line are the first plan. ‘Will need an engineering shop so now the big decision is Ceduna or Streaky Bay?

      • There is no such thing as ‘Backwards’ when you are Cruising. We headed north up the coast for a couple of reasons; a) we had to fill in time waiting for Australia Post to get redirected, and b) I wanted to explore Nuyts Archipelago. We know the mail has finally arrived at Streaky Bay but time will tell if I get to explore the islands around here….

  5. Wow! I’m very impressed by these fantastic sets of pictures, my favorites so far. You have captured the grandiosity of the rocky cliffs and the force of the water surrounding them. You’re a very good photographer Chris! 🙂

    • Thank you HJ for the lovely compliment. It is great when my intent and how friends see the images are in sync! This is the most spectacular shoreline since the start of our Tasmanian voyage. The power of the ocean and wind shaping this coast is breathtaking.

  6. Great sailing spot, what cliffs, they are spectacular. You hit the spot with your fantastic shots, you captured the immenseness of the cliffs and the rolling waves.

  7. Such rugged beauty! I had no idea there were such high rocky cliffs along that area. You captured the ocean swells really well, I could feel the movement.

    • Thanks Maggie. Apparently this is a large part of the Tasmanian geology. Very spectacular and it defines many of its soaring cliffs and mountains.

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