The Tasman Peninsula is home to soaring sea cliffs, incredible bush walks, awe-inspiring geological formations, beautiful beaches, and a whole lot of history. Sitting pretty between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur, you’ll find a real gem! Taranna boasts a wildlife sanctuary without fences, a chocolate factory, and a historic convict station. Read on for three reasons to visit this terrific spot.
Dance with the devil at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with some amazing Tasmanian wildlife at the Unzoo. What is an unzoo, you ask? It’s just like a regular zoo, except without most of the enclosures. The wildlife are free to roam in and out as they please (the food seems to keep them coming back). Attend one of the Unzoo’s regular Tasmanian devil presentations to learn more about these amazing marsupials. The passionate team do some fantastic work monitoring the wild devils and educating the public on what we can do to keep the Peninsula’s devils safe from the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
For more info: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Indulge your sweet tooth at Federation Chocolate
Zip across the road from the Unzoo and visit the heavenly Federation Chocolate (it’s polite to say hello to the neighbours). Watch the delicious process through the viewing window and make the most of the free tastings. There’ll be something for everyone, with loads of yummy flavours to choose from.
For more info: Federation Artisan Chocolate
Relax in style at Four Seasons Holiday Cottages
Taranna is the perfect base for exploring the Tasman Peninsula, so why not stay a weekend or longer? After a day’s exploring, soak up the stunning sunsets over Dart Island and Little Norfolk Bay from your very own balcony at Four Seasons Holiday Cottages. If you’re keen on bushwalking, you’ll love exploring their 100 acres of private forest. Take a picnic and keep an eye out for local wildlife!
For more info: Four Seasons Holiday Cottages
Soak up the history at Norfolk Bay Convict Station
Norfolk Bay Convict Station was built in 1838 to service Australia’s first convict railway station. The train carried goods from Norfolk Bay to Port Arthur convict prison (7km away) and was the only human powered train in the country at the time. The station also operated as the first pub on the Tasman Peninsula! Keep an eye out for it (and spare a thought for the poor convicts) as you explore the oh-so-picturesque jetty and waterfront.
For more info: Norfolk Bay Convict Station
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