Shipsterns Bluff Track

Shipsterns Bluff Track

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Shipsterns Bluff Track

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Best known for the amazing surfing opportunities presented, Shipsterns Bluff Cape Raoul South East Tasmania is a great half or full-day bushwalk located fairly close to Port Arthur. Shipsterns Bluff offers stunning coastal scenery and is of a medium grade that is suitable to families with children who have experience with bushwalking. Very small children may struggle, as it can be extremely busy at times, and also there are very steep sections including as you descend down stairs at the end of the walk upon reaching Shipsterns Bluff. Shipstern Bluff is a great day in summer, warmer months, or even in Winter if the weather is fine and winds not too strong. The walk to Shippies (as it is affectionately known by locals) offers spectacular views and if you are lucky massive waves where you will find the bravest of the brave big wave surfing. Make sure you walk right to the bottom once you reach Shipsterns Bluff, it is a reasonably steep descent on pine stairs but a must for you to experience the unbelievable power of the waves in this amazing part of Tasmania. The walk is around 8km in total, and can be easily completed in 4-5 hours if you are pushed for time. If you are not in a hurry, we recommend you take the extra 60 minutes to walk on to Tunnel Bay which is signposted along the walk. The start of the Shipstern Bluff walk is just under 2 hours drive or some 115km, from Hobart on the Tasmanian Peninsula, South East Tassie. If driving from Hobart, head east over the Tasman Bridge and continue on the Arthur Highway, turning right at the main intersection in Sorell (sign for Tasmanian Peninsula) toward Port Arthur. Continue on past Port Arthur until you reach a turn off on your left to Stormlea Road and that is marked Highcroft 3, Stormlea 9. Travel on Stormlea Road for app. 10km until the road stops, where you will see the start of the walk that is well signposted and impossible to miss. There are excellent toilets here now, and a reasonable sized car park. There is also private camping at $10 per person per night immediately adjacent to the car park, and that is perfectly suited to camping in tents of self-contained campervans or motorhomes. Camping at Shipsterns Bluff, or along the walk is not permitted. Please note on warm summer days the car park can be very full and the walk quite busy.


Dogs Allowed
Walk Length
App. 8 kilometres
Walk Duration
4-6 hours
Walk Type
Gravel Dirt
National Park
Costs Apply?
Suit Children
Walk Difficulty
Region of Tasmania
South East
Start Of Walk
car park Stormlea Road South West Tasmania, close to Port Arthur
Walker Registration Required
Mobile Phone Reception
Barbecue Facilities
Fresh Water
Camping Available
Camping Comments
YOu can camp at low cost on a private property adjancent to the car park at the start of te walk. There is no camping permitted at Shipsterns Bluff itself.


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