Shipstern Bluff Walk | Tasman Peninsula
This weekend I adventured on the Tasman Peninsular. I've never really headed down that way properly before and I'm pretty keen to make a real weekend out of it one day. The reason for my day trip though was to find the famous Shipstern surf wave and see it in action.
David and I recently watched the documentary Storm Surfers with Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll which had us checking surf forecasts. This is silly because I don't even own a surfboard, but it's not illegal to get swept up in the excitement of it all right? (too right!) Nevertheless Shipstern was forecast for big swells on Sunday so off we trotted (for a look, not a surf obviously).
It's a fair drive down the peninsula, at least two hours. The track sets off at the same spot as the walk to Cape Raoul. I might just mention that the start of the track was ultra muddy, don't wear your nice gym sneakers, I saw a few of those on other walkers and they were looking pretty sad (and if you see information saying the muddy sections are fixed don't believe it. I saw a few write ups saying that when I researched the walk). Muddy tracks aside, the scenery is beautiful. We walked for approximately 11kms there and back (which took around 3hrs) and spent ages at the base of the bluff in awe of the pounding surf and sheer cliffs. We also snavelled our lunch down there before the trek back up to the car park.
The vegetation on the walk was really noteworthy. The walk meanders through incredible, established eucalypt forest, and as you move onto the bluff it turns into dense scrub with gnarled banksia and melaleuca plants. Getting to the base of the bluff is quite steep and slippery so go easy there.
If you want to see Tasmania you should definitely get off your bottom and do this incredible walk. The variation in scenery and flora is completely captivating and reminds you of how diverse Tasmania's eco system is. I can highly recommend it! And let me know how you go when you do it!