Members of Hobart Walking Club cut the Tasman Coast Trail from Waterfall Bay to Cape Pillar in Tasman National Park over many 1970s weekends. Much of that trail is now rebranded as part of the Three Capes Track however a fantastic day walk retains the original name. The 15km Tasman Coast Trail (car shuffle required) is a cracker day out when bushwalking Tasmania. It’s predominantly about cliff-edge views of bay and blue-velvet sea but you also get lush rainforest, short, steep climbs, waterfalls tumbling from rock lip to sea, and leeches!
The walk starts in the company of pied oystercatchers at Fortescue Bay, also the embarkation point for the hike to Cape Hauy. From here you round two headlands and scale a 100+ metre high, dolerite cliffline running north for kilometres. Mist permitting, the view from atop Tatnells Hill (571m), the second highest point on the Tasman Peninsula, will leave you open-mouthed.
The Coast Trail officially ends at Waterfall Bay but walking track continues to two major car-accessible drawcards. Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen are testimony of the sea’s phenomenal power to fashion archways in seemingly solid rock.