Shipstern Bluff

East Coast

Shipstern Bluff is known for its big waves. This is a great walk - under 10km - through varying landscapes which takes you right down to the ocean from Cape Raoul.

Bird Watching
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there

This hike is on the Tasman Peninsula - about 2hrs south of Hobart. Drive through Port Arthur then, after a few kms turn left onto Stormlea Road (a few kms short of Nubeena). From the turn off, there's about 9km of gravel road to travel on before reaching the car park to the trails.


Route/Trail notes

An awesome walk down to the ocean to see the other side of Cape Raoul and close up of Shipstern Bluff. The view is magnificent from the Bluff and you can just make out Shipstern Lookout. If the weather is good, you'll see some big waves at Shipstern. The landscape changes from bushy to open forest to coastal. A lot of the walk is in the elements so make sure you have plenty of water and a hat. 

The last leg of the hike takes you down to the ocean via just over 200 stairs... the return trip is via the same track.

You also have the option of just walking to the Shipstern Lookout which has some great seats and a terrific view - this is approx 2km from the car park.


Parks pass only.

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Always a great walk, especially if you like stairs, and if the tide is low it's well worth walking around the rock shelf.

Andrew Scott on 20 Jan, 2022

Completed this walk today after the Cape Raoul hike. Shipstern Bluff added 8km to my hike making the total 23km. Shipstern was great going downhill and I got to the Bluff in about 30mins from the Lookout but going back up nearly wrecked me. It was hot and tough going but I didn’t want to leave the area without going. It’s a beautiful part of the coast and I’m so glad I was able to manage both hikes in one day. All up, 6hrs of hiking for the 23kms. I loved the addition of the seats on the way - some really great designs.

S K on 25 Dec, 2019


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